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MOORE — Stefen Seifried remembers when Rachel Freeman got her letter jacket.

The jacket was like all the others at Moore High School. Red wool body. White leather sleeves. Big white M. But the way Freeman came down the hall in the field house that day, you’d have thought she was modeling the newest fashion.

“There were spins,” Seifried said. “The smile on her face … to see that is one of the most precious times that you see these athletes go through. It’s something that they always wanted.”

The track coach paused.

“That’s all she ever wanted.”

Tuesday morning, Rachel’s letter jacket was draped across the top of her snow-white coffin. It was fitting one of her most prized possessions would be there on the day of her funeral.

Rachel died last week when a pickup struck members of the Moore track team on a training run near the school. She and Yuridia Martinez were killed and five others were injured.

The injured included Joseph White, Rachel’s boyfriend, who suffered several broken bones. Tuesday, he sat in a wheelchair near the front of the sanctuary at First Moore Baptist Church alongside the Freeman family.

“We don’t understand everything,” said Greg Keenan, pastor of Graceway Baptist Church where the Freemans are members. “Pieces don’t always seem to fit.”

The raw emotions were evident Tuesday as thousands filled First Moore, which offered to hold the funeral because Graceway would not have been big enough. Pew after pew was packed with teachers, administrators, coaches and, of course, students.

Outside the sanctuary before the service began, you'd have thought you were in the halls at Moore High. Students hustled by in the school’s familiar blue and red. Even though some wore their Sunday best, many sported team colors, and yes, there were plenty wearing those red-and-white letter jackets.

Rachel Freeman wasn’t a Moore lifer — she was homeschooled, then attended Community Christian School in Norman before transferring to Moore before her sophomore year — but she loved being a Lion as much as anyone ever has.

Seifried was one of the first people at the school who met Rachel.

“From the first day … we knew she was special,” he said. “She was what you call a program changer.”

Rachel was a friend to everyone, which built camaraderie, but she was also extremely competitive. She pushed her teammates, both the girls and the boys.

She often ran with the guys.

“Give the boys a break every once in a while,” cross country coach Brian Givens would playfully tell her sometimes.

She’d smile.

“Well,” she would reply, “I’m just trying to get better.”

Distance running was Rachel’s thing, though her family isn’t sure why.

“She was about 12 years old,” Rachel’s mom, Jody, told the mourners Tuesday morning. “She came to me out of nowhere — I mean just out of nowhere — ‘Mom, I’m gonna start running.’”

Rachel started on a treadmill at home, but it wasn’t long before she did her first race. It was at Hefner Park, and her family wasn’t sure what to expect.

“It’s like, ‘OK, you know, let’s do this thing,’” her mom said.

And do it, Rachel did. She was the first female across the line.

“This was a passion, and this was a desire that Rachel wanted to do,” Jody Freeman said. “When Rachel was determined to do something and she had a mindset, she was going to do something and finish it.”

Rachel was more than a runner. That much was clear Tuesday, too. She did taekwondo for many years, eventually earning a second-degree brown belt. She was a big part of her church, a leader in youth group and a regular on missions. She had even gone out for the swim team at Moore, though her mom admitted that was because of running.

“Rachel wanted to do swim for conditioning,” Jody Freeman said, “because she never wanted to stop doing anything with exercise and keeping herself conditioned.”

Rachel Freeman loved running as much as anything in her life.

Her mom knew she didn’t have to tell her daughter’s teammates that, but before she finished, she had a request and a promise for Rachel’s teammates.

“Now, y’all look up at me here,” she said. “Rachel loved you guys. … Rachel won’t be running in state this year, but y’all, you work hard in your practices, and you guys run for Rachel.

“You run hard. You run strong. You take state.”

She looked at the section filled with youngsters in blue windbreakers and red letter jackets.

“We’re going to be there watching.”

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<strong>The crowd is led in song at the start of the funeral for Rachel Freeman, Moore runner who was killed by a pickup driver as he plowed through high school runners, at First Moore Baptist Church Tuesday, February 11, 2020.  [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</strong>

The crowd is led in song at the start of the funeral for Rachel Freeman, Moore runner who was killed by a pickup driver as he plowed through high school runners, at First Moore Baptist Church Tuesday, February 11, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

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[Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> Rachel's mother, Jody Freeman, comforts Joseph White, Rachel's boyfriend, who was also a victim, as the family leaves the service for Rachel Freeman, a Moore runner who was killed by a pickup driver as he plowed through high school runners, at First Moore Baptist Church Tuesday, February 11, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-040aea30a97faab0485350820534e32c.jpg" alt="Photo - Moore athletes file past the casket after the funeral for Rachel Freeman, Moore runner who was killed by a pickup driver as he plowed through high school runners, at First Moore Baptist Church Tuesday, February 11, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title=" Moore athletes file past the casket after the funeral for Rachel Freeman, Moore runner who was killed by a pickup driver as he plowed through high school runners, at First Moore Baptist Church Tuesday, February 11, 2020. 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Jeremy Lewis talks at a news conference about the Moore High School students that were run over by a pickup truck Monday, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Moore police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis talks at a news conference about the Moore High School students that were run over by a pickup truck Monday, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Moore police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis talks at a news conference about the Moore High School students that were run over by a pickup truck Monday, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7eb0e4ebd0834ee20ec4218acb8d3c8d.jpg" alt="Photo - Moore police hold a news conference about the Moore High School students that were run over by a pickup truck Monday, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. 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[Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c17da82feb06e26eba5fc5e0c41a62e0.jpg" alt="Photo - Community members pray during a vigil for students killed and injured in Monday's hit and run incident in Moore at Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Community members pray during a vigil for students killed and injured in Monday's hit and run incident in Moore at Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Community members pray during a vigil for students killed and injured in Monday's hit and run incident in Moore at Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f880289cb3d1018b8b75a7d7e6cf8601.jpg" alt="Photo - People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ce85cb04d717e80a363bd463c4fa1e50.jpg" alt="Photo - People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-72adefc05f065e22d5c643cdfd9cbc52.jpg" alt="Photo - Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]" title="Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c3dc632cbb1f727170436a50767bf0b6.jpg" alt="Photo - Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]" title="Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-fd832e9240c6c8ae8a6811d98d446c0d.jpg" alt="Photo - Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]" title="Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-abd2f27ba5c8029680d74e5038a2257b.jpg" alt="Photo - Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]" title="Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f6e6ec21dc67e3bdd766c453534d678e.jpg" alt="Photo - Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]" title="Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, speaks in Norman, Friday, February 7, 2020. [David Morris/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure>
Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›

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