Northside’s Jarek Turner and Alma’s Tres Rowland have established a friendly rivalry in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
Thursday, Turner (15.64 seconds) nipped Rowland (15.72) in the 110 hurdles at Van Buren’s Pointer Relays.
“I wasn’t real focused last week; I was under the weather a little bit,” Turner said. “We’ve been going at it for two or three years now — it’s kind of a friendly rivalry.”
The win avenged Rowland’s first place a week ago in Alma.
“Every meet, it’s me and him neck and neck,” Rowland said. “Every meet until last meet he’s beaten me. Last week I had a personal record (15.44). This meet, I wasn’t focused; I give it to him. He was the better man today.”
Rowland and Turner will go at it one final time next Friday at the McDonald’s Relays.
“It’s kind of been back and forth,” Turner said. “I’ll get him in the 110s and he’ll get me in the 300s.”
But Rowland won the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.79, smashing his previous best mark. Turner was third (41.11).
Turner also anchored Northside’s 400 relay team that edged Fayetteville with a time of 43.81. The Northside squad consisted of Terrell Jordan, Keondre Thomas, Alexis Rodriguez and Turner.
The Grizzlies’ Thomas won the 100 meters.
Fayetteville’s Caleb Cooper took first in the boys triple jump with a 43-6, while Southside’s Baker Jones a close second (42-9 1/4).
Alma’s Bradley Hurst and Michael Nicholson won the shot put and discus. Hurst won with a throw of 50-3 3/4, while Nicholson — who was third in the shot — won the discus with a personal record throw of 153-10.
Alma finished third with 89 1/4 points. Har-Ber won the boys title and Fayetteville won the girls team title.
Van Buren’s 3,200 relay team of Sage Mackin, Maria Valente, Madi Chitwood and Logan Edwards took first with a time of 10:16.57. Mackin was third in the 1,600 meters and Chitwood also took third in the 3,200. Valente seized eighth in the 1,600.
Lady Pointers’ senior Maria Santillana set a new meet record in the shot put with a personal record throw of 40-0, breaking the old mark set in 1999. Santillana’s effort helped the Lady Pointers to third place.
Bailey Gossett and Kenya Phillips were fourth and fifth respectively in the shot put. Gossett placed fourth in the discus (88-4) and Santillana was fifth.
Alma’s Rachel Ray won the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.31, easily besting Van Buren’s Serena Shores (16.61). It was Ray’s second win at the Pointer Relays, but didn’t match her personal record of 15.97.
“Today the conditions were good, the wind wasn’t bad,” Ray said. “I need competition to push me.”
Ray won the 300 intermediate hurdles as well with a time of 47.42. Shores was second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 (12.95).
Jessica Olienyk seized seventh in the triple jump (31-5.75). Emily Estes clinched eighth in the long jump.
Alma’s Allie Osman was eighth in the shot put.
Cedarville’s Allie Arnold grabbed seventh in the long jump (15-1.5). Morgan Williams finished eighth in the 400 (1:07.15) and the 200.
In the relay events, Alma was fifth in the 1,600-meter while Van Buren was sixth. The Lady Pointers also took eighth in the 400-meter relay.
Heritage’s Daniel Spickes set a meet record as he cleared 15-2 in the pole vault.
Tyler Mlakar finished third in the pole vault.
Tyler Jensen took fourth in the 800 (2:02.81). Hunter Burkhart was also fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (42.98). Josh Parker placed fifth in the triple jump. Tyler Newman clinched sixth in the 110-meter hurdles (17.11). Christian Vasquez nabbed seventh in the 1,600-meter run. Jake Marrs was seventh in the triple jump (40-2.75).
In the field events, Landon Hogue placed fourth in the high jump and Lane Inge tied for seventh.
Cedarville’s Kendall Pittman took sixth in the high jump and eighth in the 100.
In the men’s relay events, the Airedales placed fourth in the 1,600, fifth in the 3,200 and sixth in the 400. The Pointers took eighth in both the 1,600- and 400-meter relays. Cedarville was fourth in the 3,200-meter relay.