Bobcat, Tiger track teams show talent

Thursday, May 26, 2005
Berryville Lady Bobcat Emily Bell left the ground during her starting spin in the discus then turned it loose, below, during the Class AAA State Track Meet in Nashville last Wednesday. Bell had the third-best throw in all classifications of the state track meets, so she will participate in the 2005 Meet of Champions in Hot Springs. Photos by David Bell

CARROLL COUNTY -- Although south Arkansas teams hogged most of the glory at the Class AAA State Track Meet in Nashville last Wednesday, some Bobcats and Tigers made their presence known.

Lady Bobcat Emily Bell finished second in the discus event with a throw of 115-5. That throw, which was the third best in all classifications, qualified her for the Meet of Champions this Wednesday.

Bell also finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 35-4. Both throws are new school records.

"I'm proud of everything she did," Coach Ben Lairamore said. "She's very coachable. Now we're going for No. 1!"

Bobcat Josh Kriesel placed sixth in the long jump at 20-4 after going 21-6 at district. He also triple jumped 40-4, good for 10th, ran the 200, and a leg of the seventh-place 400m relay team.

Spencer Berkley finished 10th in the 100m dash, and ninth in the 200m dash.

"It's a different environment down there," Coach Budd Smith said. "They know what speed is. The kids had a good time, worked hard."

Berryville's 3200m relay team finished ninth in 9:20.

The Lady Bobcat 3200m relay team ran 50 seconds faster than their best and finished fifth in 11:07.

"This was their fastest time this year, and beat Gravette, who had beaten them at district," Lairamore said. "It was a super job. Everybody stepped up."

From Green Forest, Juan and Henry Pineda had a good meet. Both boys came right out of soccer to help Coach Claude Whited's team.

Henry finished sixth in the 1600m run in 4:51 after winning the district meet. Juan ran the 800m race in 2:07, excellent for the amount of time he prepared, and ran a 54.22 in the 400m dash, good for seventh place.

"It was tough competition, but they ran good races," Coach Whited said. "It was a good track year, and I really appreciate all the boys coming out."

Zack Wagoner, a ninth-grader, threw the shot 41-2, good for 14th place.

Lady Tiger coach Jay Martin brought his 1600m relay team, which finished seventh in 4:26. One member of that team, Sarah Goins, also ran the 400m dash and finished ninth in 64.8. All the girls were ninth-graders.

"It was a fast field, but they all ran with a lot of heart and effort," Coach Martin said. "It was a great learning experience."


DeQueen's boys slipped past Lonoke to win, 88-72, with Berryville finishing in a tie for 21st with five points, and Green Forest 28th with three points.

In the girls division, Lafayette County edged host Nashville 84-64. The Lady Bobcats were 16th with 17 points, with Green Forest tied for 29th with two points.



Girls- Discus- Emily Bell- 2nd- 115-5; Shot- 4th- 35-4.

3200m relay- 5th- 11:07- Melissa Koerber, Alisha Johnson, Ginger Recinos, Tamara Phillips.

Boys- 400m relay- 7th- 45.02- Tye Roberts, Stephen Berkley, Brock Fanning, Josh Kriesel; Long jump- Kriesel- 6th- 20-4; 100m dash- Berkley- 10th- 11.45; 200m dash- Berkley- 9th- 22.9; Kriesel- 23.5; 3200m relay- 9th- 9:20- Aaron Edwards, Aaron Killingsworth, Clayton Taff, Jorge Mojica. 110m hurdles- C.J. Davis- 17.4; 800m run- Mojica- 2:06; 3200m run- Edwards- 11:20; 1600m relay- 3:39- Nehemias Lopez, Davis, Berkley, Mojica.

Green Forest

Girls- 1600m relay- 7th- 4:26- Sarah Goins, Danielle Camper, Kamarra Hoppe, Janessa Carlton (Lindsay Kilbourn- alternate); 400m dash- Goins- 64.8.

Boys- 1600m run- Henry Pineda- 6th- 4:51; 400m dash- Juan Pineda- 7th- 54.22; 800m dash- J.Pineda- 2:07; Shot put- Zack Wagoner- 41-2.

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