Lady Tiger track team runner-up at State Indoor meet

Friday, March 2, 2007
The Green Forest Lady Tiger track team fought off some of the top track and field talent in the state last Friday when they finished second to Mansfield in the A-AAAA division of the State?Indoor Track Meet at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track Facility at the University of Arkansas. Coach Jay Martin has had some of the athletes working out all winter, but half the team has just come in from basketball season. Photo by Kyle Kleffman

GREEN FOREST -- Coach Jay Martin and the Green Forest Lady Tiger track team made a big impression at the State Indoor Track Meet last Friday, Feb. 23, when they scored 54.25 points to finish as state runner-up.

The strong showing was even more impressive as the Lady Tigers competed in the A-AAAA division against more than 20 teams. The girls have had just four practices to get in shape, but turned in some outstanding times for this early in the season.

"We really did exceed our expectations,"?Coach Jay Martin said,?"but the girls feel they're a contender for a state (outdoor) title. They came from basketball to the indoor meet with only four hard practices.

"Overall, the team effort was great. State runner-up, A through 4A, against a lot of great athletes. They did a great job. Mansfield won, did a great job with 84 points, and Elkins was third."

Coach Martin said the team did really well in the distance events, with the 3200m relay finishing third and Maranda Dickinson and Neisha Ball doing well in distance events.

"Maranda and Neisha had a rough start in the 1600m, got tripped. Neisha's third in the 3200m run ended up cinching our runner-up finish,"?Martin said.

"In the field events, Kamarra Hoppe was third in the long jump, and Sarah Goins fifth in the high job. Kam went 16-3, the best jump of her career. And her 65 quarter was real good.

"We had two tighten up (with leg problems) by the 1600m relay, so we put Carley Arnold and Maranda in with Lindsay Kilbourn and Kam. They had a great time for this early, 4:34,"?Martin said.

"In the 3200m relay, Maranda, Chelsea Leathers, Amelia Villines and Neisha ran an 11:14, which I thought was one of the best times since I've been here.

Indoor State Meet Results

55m dash- Janessa Carlton, 5th- 7.87

800m run- Maranda Dickinson, 2nd- 2:40.39

1600m run- Maranda Dickinson, 5th - 6:05.45; Neisha Ball, 7th- 6:16.35

3200m run- Neisha Ball, 3rd- 13:53.65

High jump- Sarah Goins, 5th- 4-10; Beth Campbell, 8th- 4-6

Long jump- Kamarra Hoppe, 3rd - 16-3

Triple jump- Hoppe, 6th- 31-1

400m dash- Hoppe, 3rd- 65.94

1600m relay- Kilbourn, Arnold, Dickinson and Hoppe, 4th - 4:34.13

3200 Relay- Dickinson, Leathers, Villines and Ball, 3rd - 11:14.47

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