Lady Tigers finish 2nd at state meet; Maravillas, Hilton win titles

Friday, May 3, 2019
Green Forest senior Kassidy Bell competes in a hurdles race at Tuesday’s Class 3A state track and field championships at Green Forest. Bell took third place in the 300-meter hurdles, helping the Lady Tigers to a second-place finish in the team standings.
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By Scott Loftis

The Green Forest Lady Tigers didn’t win the Class 3A state track and field championship on their home track Tuesday, but they came awfully close.

And that is an impressive accomplishment.

“It’s a big deal,” said Lady Tigers coach Trista Killingsworth, whose team finished as a state runner-up for the second time in four years.

Green Forest finished the meet — which was delayed a total of more than three hours by several lightning delays as severe storms passed through the area — with 56 points, 15.5 behind Harding Academy.

“I was pleased,” Killingsworth said. “I knew going in that there were five teams, maybe six, that had a chance to win and we could be anywhere from first to sixth. So second place is pretty good.”

The Lady Tigers did earn one individual state championship — senior Karina Maravillas won the 800-meter run. Maravillas also ran the anchor leg as Green Forest also took first place in the 4X800-meter relay. She was joined on the relay team by junior Jennifer Martinez, senior Lyndsay Anglin and junior Lucy Rios.

Maravillas finished second in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, while senior Kassidy Bell was third in the 300-meter hurdles. Martinez was fourth at 3,200 meters and fifth at 1,600. Senior Lexey Williams finished sixth in the pole vault.

Senior Lexington Williams added the boys 3,200-meter state championship to the state cross country title he captured last fall. Hilton finished second in the 1,600-meter run, where freshman teammate Jake Lopez was sixth.

Green Forest finished 10th in the boys team standings.

Killingsworth pointed to the success of the Lady Tigers’ seniors, most of whom have been competing for the high school varsity since they were freshmen. In that time, Green Forest has two second-place finishes and two third-place showings in the state meet.

“They’ve had a fantastic track career,” Killingsworth said.

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