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Prep Track: Athletes win individual top honors at state meets

<p>photo by MARK BUFFALO</p><p>Van Buren’s Bailey Gossett competes at the 7A State track meet in Cabot on Thursday. Gossett finished eighth overall.</p>

photo by MARK BUFFALO

Van Buren’s Bailey Gossett competes at the 7A State track meet in Cabot on Thursday. Gossett finished eighth overall.

Crawford County athletes picked up some first-place wins at the state track meets this past week.

Van Buren’s Maria Santillana won the 7A meet shot put, Alma’s Tres Rowland took first in the 300-meter hurdles at the Class 5A meet and Cedarville’s 3,200-meter relay team also to the top spot in the 3A meet.

VAN BUREN

The Lady Pointers finished ninth at the Class 7A State meet on Thursday at Cabot.

Bentonville won both the men’s and women’s division. Rogers was second in the men’s division followed by Heritage, North Little Rock and LR Catholic. Har-Ber took runner-up in the women’s division while Fayetteville, Cabot and Bryant rounded out the Top 5.

Santillana won the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 8.5 inches and eighth in the discus (94-11).

Serena Shores grabbed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (47.57 seconds) and eighth in the 100 hurdles (15.93).

The Van Buren 3,200-meter relay team (Maria Valente, Logan Edwards, Madi Chitwood and Sage Mackin) placed fifth (10 minutes, 16.93 seconds).

Bailey Gossett nabbed eighth in the shot put (33-10).

ALMA

The Airedales placed sixth (45.5 points) and the Airdalettes was ninth (28) at the Class 5A state meet held in Harrison on Thursday.

Vilonia won the men’s division (104.5) followed by Forrest City and Camden Fairview both tied for second (79). De Queen and Magnolia rounded out the Top 5.

Magnolia scored 97.5 points to win the women’s division with Vilonia (who nabbed the Class 5A West title last week) took second (68). Forrest City placed third with Batesville and Blytheville clinched fourth (52) and fifth (49.33) respectively.

Rowland won the 300-meter hurdles (39.63) and was second in the 110 hurdles (15.66).

Brad Hurst finished second in the shot put (45-6). Landon Hogue was third in the high jump (6-2)

Michael Nicholson was fourth in the discus (138-1) and sixth in the shot put (45-2).

Finishing eighth was Jake Marrs in the long jump (19-10) and Tyler Newman in the 110 hurdles (16.9).

Alma nabbed eighth in the 3,200-meter run (9:03.17).

Rachel Ray nabbed second in the 100-meter hurdles (16.24), sixth in the 300 hurdles (48.92), and eighth in the 200-meter dash (27.9).

Alma seized second in the 1,600-meter relay (4:21.78).

Sydney Seacrest finished sixth in the 800-meter run (2:42.46) and Taylor Short was sixth in the triple jump (32-7.5).

Abbye Ostrander grabbed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles (17.25).

CEDARVILLE

Cedarville won the men’s 1,600-meter relay event at the Class 3A state meet held in Gurdon on Tuesday.

Dillon Strelow, Andrew Hernandez, Damian King and Abraham Hernandez completed the run in 3 minutes, 33.5 seconds and will participate in the Meet of Champs on May 17.

The Pirates tied for 12th as Elkins won the men’s division in a tight race with 74 points. Prescott was second (60) followed by Episcopal (47), Green Forest (46) and Genoa Central (43).

Mansfield took first in the women’s division with 113 points. Genoa Central was second (107) with Harding Academy (76.5), Greenland (52) and Rivercrest (51) rounded out the rest of the Top 5.

The Lady Pirates finished 11th with 17 points.

Cierra Henry placed in two events as she took third in 3,200-meter run (12:55.42) and was part of the 1,600-meter relay team that finished eighth (4:34.55). Patience Wise, Bailie Murphy and Malia Hernandez ran on both the 1,600- and the 3,200-meter relay teams. The trio were joined by Morgan Williams as the squad finished the 3,200 relay in fifth (10:51.33).

Allie Arnold was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.35 seconds).

The Pirates were fourth in the men’s 3,200-meter relay (8:50.76) with King, Dylan Shelton, Tristan Beck and Abraham Hernandez.

Kendall Pittman finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (16.65).

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