The Tradition Continues: Lady Tigers run away with 14th straight district title

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

By Scott Loftis

It might be time to rename the 3A-1 East girls district track meet.

The Green Forest Lady Tigers Showcase might be a more accurate title — especially after the Lady Tigers won 16 of 17 events last Thursday on their home track to claim their 14th consecutive district championship.

Today, the Lady Tigers have their sights set on an even bigger accomplishment as they host the Class 3A state championships. Green Forest has at least one athlete entered in every event, with multiple entries in several events.

“The girls have done a good job of getting themselves into the meet,” said Trista Killingsworth, who is in her fourth season as the Lady Tigers’ head coach. “We do have a lot of qualifiers.”

Green Forest finished the district meet with 385.5 points, beating second-place Clinton by 240 points. In fact, the other four teams in the meet scored a combined total of 192.5 points, including 145.5 by Clinton.

The Lady Tigers had 30 top-three finishes in the 14 individual events and won all three relay races. Nine Green Forest won at least one individual event, led by senior Kassidy Bell’s victories in the 200-meter dash, 300-meter hurdles and triple jump. Senior Karina Maravillas won the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, and senior Lexey Williams won the 100-meter hurdles and the pole vault.

Other individual winners for Green Forest were sophomore Bianca Rosales in the 100-meter dash, senior Lyndsay Anglin in the 400-meter dash, junior Jennifer Martinez in the 3,200-meter run, freshman Samantha Delavin in the long jump, junior Brisa Fernandezdelara in the discus and senior Madisyn Hudson in the shot put.

Green Forest’s winning 4X100-meter relay team included Mattie Phillips, Williams, Magen Parton and Rosales. The 4X400 team was made up of Anglin, Bell, Phillips and Maravillas, and Martinez, Anglin, Lucy Rios and Maravillas composed the 4X800 team.

“I am very proud of them,” Killingsworth said. “These young ladies were between the ages of 2 and 4 when this streak started and they wanted to be a part of it.”

Green Forest’s boys won five individual events and two relay races to finish second behind Clinton in the team standings. Clinton had 263 points while Green Forest finished with 212.5.

Individual winners for the Tigers were senior Lexington Hilton in the 800-meter run, freshman Jake Lopez in the 1,600-meter run, freshman Paco Rangel in the 3,200-meter run, junior Tono Mendez in the 300-meter hurdles and freshman Ashton Grunwald in the pole vault.

The Tigers also won the 4X400 and 4X800 relays. The 4X400 team was composed of senior Greg Wyatt, Lopez, Paco Rangel and Hilton. The 4X800 team included Lopez, freshman Alexis Rangel, Paco Rangel and Hilton.

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