Junior Bobcats defend home track meet
BERRYVILLE -- The Berryville Bobcat junior high track teams defended their home turf during last Thursday's Junior Bobcat Relays, with both squads taking home the first place trophy.
The Green Forest Tiger teams were runners-up in both divisions, but they had both High Point performers, Robbie Ness for the boys and Miranda Dickinson for the girls.
The weather cooled off from Tuesday's mid-90s scorcher, with good effort by the athletes from all 15 schools that attended.
Boys- 1- Berryville- 110; 2- Green Forest- 75; 3- Farmington- 66; 4- Gravette- 46; 5- Prairie Grove- 42; 6- Pea Ridge- 32; 7- Omaha- 18; 8- Gentry- 16; 9- Shiloh Christian- 14; 10- Yellville-Summit- 13; 11- Alpena- 12; 12- Eureka Springs- 9; 13- Bergman- 7; 14- Valley Springs- 3; 15- Decatur- 2.
Girls- 1- Berryville- 118; 2- Green Forest- 99; 3- Gentry- 97; 4- Gravette- 30; 5- Yellville-Summit; 6- tie- Omaha & Pea Ridge- 18; 8- Prairie Grove- 14; 9- Valley Springs- 11; 10- tie- Alpena, Western Grove & Farmington- 8; 13- Decatur- 5; 14- Bergman- 4.
Boys- Coach Budd Smith said, "We won both divisions, and Green Forest had the high point performers. It was a good meet. Green Forest beat us at Gentry. With the conference meet coming up, this win will give us some confidence.
"We had a new distance runner, Jorge Gil, and he ran three events and scored in all three.
"Three of our major performers were Wes Holman, Matt Bell, and Nick Roller. Holman and Bell went 1-2 in the 220yd. dash. Our pole vaulters were better, went up another six inches. That's John Howerton and Travis McBride."
Girls- Coach Ben Lairamore said, "The kids all gave great effort. We won both divisions."
Girls- Coach Jay Martin said, "The ladies did a good job. We finished second, but when we went into the mile relay we were tied with Gentry for runnerup. We had to win that race to take second and did. That gave us 99 points and Gentry had 97.
"Miranda Dickinson was high point. She scored 36 points in the meet. Loren Momont was fourth in the 880 run and ran on the mile relay. That team was Whitney Rogers, Carley Arnold, Momont, and Dickinson.
"Tiana Anderson placed in the discus and it was her first time to throw, and Emily Campbell placed in the high jump. The 4x100yd. relay team finished first. That was Jacklyn Webb, Rogers, Arnold, and Whitney McCoy.
Coach Hassell Bell, who coaches both teams, said, "The kids are working hard and that will pay off at district. Kelly Clarke ran a 19.5 in the hurdles, and Kendra ran respectable in the 100 and 200.
"Tyler McBride was fifth in the 100 with a 11.7, and the 4x100 relay team was fifth in 52.3. That was Ryan Harp, McBride, Eric Harrelson, and Tanner Duckworth."