Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SPORTS >> Cabot ladies take first at Heber meet

Leader sports editor

The Cabot Lady Panthers won the Eagle Bank Relays in Heber Springs on Friday, narrowly out-pointing Lake Hamilton by 5.5 points with a final total of 103.5. The Beebe girls finished seventh out of 17 girls’ teams with 44 points. The Cabot boys scored 62 points to finish third behind Vilonia’s 82 and Searcy’s 65. Heber Springs and Lake Hamilton rounded out the top five with 59 and 57 points, while Beebe took sixth out of 22 boys’ teams with 50 points.

Cabot junior Lexi Weeks won the pole vault and the 100-meter hurdles. She was almost a full second ahead of second place in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.75. Beebe senior Madison Richey was fifth at 17.09. Cabot junior Tori Weeks won the 300m hurdles in a tighter race, finishing in 47.39 ahead of Clinton’s Allie Hensley. Richey was third in that race at 48.97, while Cabot senior Rachael Hall was fifth.

Tori Weeks also won the triple jump by bounding 35-8.75, narrowly edging out Richey’s 34-7.75. Richey also took third in the long jump with a leap of 17-feet.

Lexi and Tori were first and second in the pole vault, beating the rest of the field by three feet or more. Lexi Weeks won by clearing 13-4 and Tori made 13-feet.

Lake Hamilton’s Taylor Wallace was third at 10-feet. Lexi Weeks also took third in the 200-meter dash while Beebe sophomore Taylor McGraw was seventh. McGraw also took fourth in the 800m.

The Cabot girls won the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays.

They barely edged Pulaski Robinson by .22 seconds in the sprint, but blew away the field by more than 15 seconds in the 400, finishing with a time of 4:01.78, while Conway was second at 4:17.45. Beebe took fourth in the 4x100 and seventh in the 4x400.

Lake Hamilton won the 4x800 while Conway was second, Beebe third and Cabot fourth.

Cabot junior Danielle McWilliams won the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.37. She also took seventh for two points in the 100-meter dash.

Samantha Nickell and Ashley Gore, a pair of Cabot sophomores, placed fifth and eighth in the 3,200-meter race. Cabot sophomore Katie Wright was seventh in the shot put.

In the boys’ event, Beebe’s Connor Patrom won the 400-meter race for the second time in three meets with a time of 50.70. It’s the fastest time posted in 5A this year, but still .14 seconds short of qualifying for the state meet.

Patrom’s senior teammate John Diaz was sixth in the same event and took seventh in the 800m.

Badger senior Race Payne won the shot put with a toss of 50-3.5 while Cabot’s Aaron Henry took third at 47-9.75.

Henry and Cabot sophomore Brandon Jones finished first and second in the discus throw. Henry won with a toss of 133-10 while Jones was second at 128-2. Beebe’s Jesse Crisco was sixth at 121-10.

Cabot senior Hayden Richey was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles while Beebe seniors William Peterson and Marcus Burns were right behind at sixth and seventh.

Cabot and Beebe teams placed in all three relays. Cabot took fourth and Beebe sixth in the 4x100. Beebe was second and Cabot third in the 4x400, and Cabot was third and Beebe eighth in the 4x800.

Cabot sophomore Rockey Burke was seventh in the pole vault at 11-6. Cabot junior Brayden Mercantel took fifth in the mile.

Cabot senior Allie Layton took second in the 100-meter dash while Beebe’s Keishaun Davidson was eighth. Davidson took fifth in the 200-meter dash while Layton was seventh and his teammate Jake Ferguson finished eighth.

The Badgers will host the 5A-East Conference meet at A.S. “Bro” Irwin Stadium on Thursday.

Cabot will host the 7A-East/Central Conference meet on Friday at Panther Stadium.