Arkansas High boys, girls finish third at relays
EL DORADO, Ark. — Arkansas High’s boys and girls took on some stiff competition on Wednesday at the Oil Belt Belt Relays, including defending Class 5A state champion El Dorado, as both teams battled to a respectable third-place finish.
Arkansas High’s boys totaled 103.16 points as Magnolia took the top spot with 225.08 points and El Dorado coming in second with 174 points.
The reigning state champion Lady Wildcats won the girls contest with 231 points, followed by Magnolia (149.50) and Arkansas High (123.50).
Telly Wells took second in the 200-meter dash, where he placed second with a blazing time of 22.44, which qualifies him for the state meet. He also placed third in the 100-meter dash.
“We had one state qualifying performance with
Telly Wells in the 200-meter dash and our 4x100-meter dash team had great passes of the baton to finish second,” Arkansas High boys track coach Sirl Wright told the Gazette. “Furthermore, we had a few other [person records] in some events.
“We had a good overall showing in the El Dorado Relays.”
Razorback teammate Javen Davis followed Wells with a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash.
The four-man team of Gabe Braggs, Zephaniah Black, Javen Davis and Wells took second in the 4x100-meter relay as teammates Mikel Watson, RJ Burris, Luke Knudtson and Chris Owens legged out a thirdplace finish in the 4x800-meter relay.
In other events, Arkansas High’s Simeon Hicks finished third in the pole vault and Jaquavious Ross’ long jump was good enough for third place.
Arkansas High’s Keniya Bryant brought home a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.11, followed by Aniya Black’s time of 13.28.
Bryant and Black took second and third, respectively, in the 200-meter dash, as well. Bryant finished with a time of 27.23 and Black’s 27.75 time.
In the girls 400-meter dash, Bryant left the pack for first place, finishing with a time of 1:01.77, with second-place finisher Rihanna Gray of El Dorado coming in at 1:07.01.
Courtney Neal, Chelsea Johnson, Meisha Johnson and Black took second behind El Dorado in the 4x100-meter relays.
Jaydence Williams, Aasya Lott, Jaliya Lewis and Johnson had a third-place finish in the 4x200-meter relay. Hannah Lowery, Kelly King, Mahri McClinton and Lott took second in the 4x400-meter relay, while Camila Gutierrez, Lainey Brooks, McClinton and King finished second in the 4x800-meter relays.
In other events, McKenzie Smith won the shot put with a toss of 33-09.00 and discus throw with a whopping 109-05.