Green Forest to host Class 3A state meet
By Scott Loftis
The best Class 3A track and field athletes in the state are coming to Green Forest. Actually, some of them are already there.
On Thursday, Jan. 10, the Arkansas Activities Association awarded Green Forest the Class 3A state track and field meet for the first time since 2013. The meet will be held Tuesday, April 30.
“It’s always a big deal to host a state meet,” said Green Forest boys track and field coach Bradley James. “It’s good for the community. Our kids get to run at home. It’s good for our seniors to be able to run their last meet at home, if they can make it to state.”
Qualifying likely won’t be a problem for some Green Forest athletes. Lady Tigers senior Karina Maravillas was the star of last year’s state meet in Jessieville, winning the girls 800 and 1,600-meter runs and running a leg on the 4X800-meter relay team that also captured a state championship. Maravillas’ teammates on the relay team — Lyndsay Anglin, Jennifer Martinez and Lucy Rios — also return to the Lady Tigers this season — as do Kassidy Bell, Alissa Smith and Lexey Williams. All of those athletes competed at last season’s state meet, where the Lady Tigers finished in third place as a team despite not having a single senior.
“We’re pumped up about it,” Green Forest girls coach Trista Killingsworth said. “The girls are very motivated. As long as everyone gets qualified, we should do well this year.”
On the boys side, Green Forest senior Lexington Hilton is coming off a state cross country championship. Last year, Hilton finished fourth at 800 and 1,600 meters and fifth at 3,200 meters at the state track meet. Shot putter Carter Boggs also returns after qualifying for the state meet last season.
Athletes can qualify for the state meet by meeting qualifying standards at a sanctioned meet during the season or by finishing first or second in an event at the district track meet.