Tuesday, March 19, 2013

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers, Wildcats perform at Bryant

Leader sports editor

The Cabot Panthers girls track team turned in a fine showing at the Bryant relays on Thursday, finishing second behind the host school in a field of 23 teams. The boys also weren’t bad, finishing in 11th place, and getting most of their points from an unusual source for Cabot, sprinters.

The Lady Panther sprinters were good too, especially the Weeks sisters, who teamed up for several points in sprints and field events.

The North Little Rock girls finished fourth in the event, with sophomore Malica Monk leading the Charging Lady Wildcats in total points.

In the girls 100-meter dash, North Little Rock had two finish in the points. Monk took third place behind Little Rock Central’s Tamara Kuyinendall and Bryant’s Fenice Boone. Cabot’s Tori Weeks was fifth and North Little Rock’s Brandi Hughes got a point with an eighth-place finish.

Cabot’s 4x100-meter relay team took fifth place. Lady Panthers Ladaysha Evans, Rochelle Mallory and Tori and Lexi Weeks finished with a time of 52.24. That was three spots and two seconds behind North Little Rock’s Monk, Hughes, Makayla Daniel and Ashleigh Taylor, who took second in the event. Bryant won it with a time of 49.68.

North Little Rock’s Lagradia Nelson took fifth in the 400-meter race, which Boone won with the only time under one minute at 58.31.

The same Cabot relay team took third in the 4x400, which Bryant also won by a large margin. North Little Rock took fourth in the event, a full 10 seconds behind Cabot, who was 14 seconds slower than Bryant.

North Little Rock’s Shadeanna Gatlin scored one point in the 100-meter hurdles with an eighth-place finish. Camden Fairview’s Tracy Walker won the event, one of three wins for the Lady Cardinal senior.

Cabot sophomore Micah Huckabee won the 1600-meter race, finishing four seconds ahead of second place with a time of 5:29.80. She also finished second in the 800-meter race behind Bryant junior Melinda Murdock.

Monk finished second behind Walker in the high jump. Her leap of 5-foot-2 was two inches below Walker’s winning jump. Monk was also sixth in the long jump, four spots behind Lexi Weeks, who finished second with a jump of 17-feet, 2 ¾ inches. Bryant’s Alexis Royal won that event with a jump of 17-6.

Monk also finished third in the triple jump while Tori Weeks was fourth for Cabot. Royal also won that event with a jump of 35-11 ¾.

The Weeks sisters easily took the top two spots in the pole vault. Lexi vaulted 12-6 while Tori cleared 12-0. Tori’s vault was an even two feet higher than third place Catherine Sales of Jonesboro. Gatlin of North Little Rock finished sixth with a vault of 7-6.

Cabot’s Haley Buford finished second in the discus and sixth in the shot put to pull in 11 more points for Cabot. Camden Fairview’s Betty Jo Garrett’s discus toss went 102-5 to beat Buford’s 99 feet.

In the boys meet, Cabot junior Jordan Burke finished third in the 100-meter dash. His time of 11.13 was only three one-hundredths of a second behind winner Tre James of Central, and one one-hundredth behind second-place Brandon Cox of Conway. North Little Rock’s Altee Tenpenny finished sixth with a time of 11:25. Burke also took third in a very tight 200-meter race. Mills’ Floyd Pugh won with a time of 22.67. Marion’s Trey Chambers and Burke each finished at 22.78 with Chambers being award second place.

North Little Rock’s 4x100 team took first place. The team of Martinez Butler, Kavin Alexander, Tenpenny and Rodney Bryson finished in 42.74, just ahead of Central’s 42.78. Cabot’s team of Layton Ally, Hayden Richey, Seth Hoggard and Burke took eighth place for one point.

North Little Rock’s Timothy Curry finished fourth in the 400-meters, four seconds behind winner Trey Chambers of Marion. Curry’s teammate Martavious Stozier finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles. Bryant’s Sullivan Spencer won that event. Wildcat Ed’Zemien Lyons also lost to Spencer in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing fifth with a time of 42.38.

North Little Rock’s team of Curry, Aaron Adams, Brad Agee and Anthony Louden took third in the 4x400 relay. Marion won that event and Bryant was second.

Lyons and teammate Marquez Jones tied for fifth in the high jump with leaps of 5-10. While Adams jumped 20-2 for sixth place in the long jump.

Butler won the triple jump for North Little Rock with a jump of 43.7 while Cabot’s Hoggard finished seventh at 40-3.

North Little Rock’s Marcus Lindsey was fourth in the shot put and Cabot’s Keith Pledger was sixth. Lindsey was also fourth in the discus while teammate Deon Tidwell finished seventh.