It's elementary, my dear Watson: Green Forest junior vaults over competition at relays
GREEN FOREST -- Clayton Watson made it look easy at the First National Bank Relays Thursday at Tiger Stadium.
The Green Forest junior won five of six events entered and qualified for state in the high jump, clearing 6 feet 4 inches and just missing 6'6".
"I just clipped it with the back of my calf," the 6-2, 185-pound athlete said of the final height. "I felt like I could get 6'2". I was only three inches short in the long jump and was just off in the 300-hurdles qualifying time. I am right there in several events."
Watson won the overall boys individual title with 58 points, well ahead of Elkins' Trent Bulla's 36.5.
"I would like to be in the high jump, triple jump and long jump," Watson said of his state qualifying options. "And I would like to be in both hurdles. I think I could compete in those."
Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth agrees.
"He's just an athlete," she said. "He has some skills he still needs to work on. But we need his 58 points. He could have gotten 60 which is crazy."
Elkins won the boy's competition with 132 points, just one ahead of Green Forest's 131.
Watson won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.96 and the 300-hurdles with a time of 43.58. He won the triple jump with a distance of 42 feet 1 inch, the long jump at 20 feet 10 inches and the high jump at 6'4". He placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.74, a tenth of a second behind Bulla.
In other boy's action, Berryville's Ethan Chapin placed third in the 400-meter dash while Eureka Springs' Jake McClung won the 800-meter run. Green Forest's Gavin Nelson finished third.
Eureka Springs' Nathan Andress edged out Cotter's Alston Dwyer in the 1600-meter run and blistered the field to win the 3200-meter run by nine seconds.
Alex Lafarga followed Watson in the 110-hurdles and 300-hurdles. Lafarga, Treyton Anderson, Kevin Jimenez and Rolyn Perez placed second in the 4x400 meter relay while Devin Johnson, Zach Wingo, Luis Mendoza and Gavin Nelson placed third in the 4x800-meter event. Lafarga took third in pole vault, one of six events entered. He placed fifth in triple jump.
Berryville's Drew Howerton placed second in discus while Green Forest's Dalton Ewing took fourth in shot put.
The Lady Tigers claimed the top spot in girl's action, blowing away the field with 151 points. Berryville placed second with 96 while Harrison landed third with 58. Green Forest sophomore Payton Watson, Clayton's sister, placed fourth individually with 29 points. Lincoln's Niki Thordsen took first with 43.
The sophomore Watson won the 300-hurdles with a time of 53.55 and was third in the 10-hurdles. She ran the second leg of the 4x100 and 4x400 that finished first. The 4x100 team is comprised of Watson, Francella Villeunava, Emily Glassel and Zara Leivan. Glasell and Watson join Kristen Youngblood and Harleigh Andrews in the 4x400. Youngblood and Andrews teamed up with Sarah Rincon and Hailey White to win the 4x800.
Watson placed fifth in the triple jump and long jump.
Berryville's Sarah Johnson won the high jump with a jump of 5 feet 2 inches while teammate Hannah Needham placed fifth at 4'0". Glassell placed sixth for the Lady Tigers.
Green Forest's Kenley Williams took top honors in pole vault with a height of 7 feet while teammate Jaelyn Anderson took third at 6 feet.
Berryville's Britni Smith and Aleksei Smith finished second and third in the triple jump.
Berryville's Hayley Skelton placed second in shot put. Green Forest's Nakisha Fultz placed fifth in discus while teammate Harleigh Andrews was seventh.