Friday, March 18, 2016

SPORTS STORY >> JLC sprinters win at Bryant

Leader sports editor

Conway, Bryant and Parkview swept the top three spots, in that order, in the boys’ and girls’ division of the Bryant Hornet Relays on Tuesday, but the Cabot boys made an impressive showing with 65.5 points and a fourth-place finish. Conway won the boys’ division with 85 points, Bryant had 73 and Parkview 71. Lake Hamilton finished with 60 to round out the top five, while Beebe and Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School tied for 10th place out of 23 teams with 30 points each.

Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter dominated the boys’ shortest race. Senior Wolf Jordan McNair did what he’s done numerous times in his career and won the 100-meter dash. He ran it in 11.04 seconds, and was just 4/100s of a second faster than his sophomore teammate Robert Whitfield.

McNair also finished third in the 200-meter dash, a race crowded with several local athletes. Malvern’s Andre Jones won the event with a time of 22.70 and North Little Rock’s Kennedy Lightner was second at 22.91. McNair was the only other competitor to finish under 23 seconds at 22.98. Russellville’s Josiah Woodard was fourth and Parkview’s Bryce Brown took fifth. Whitfield took sixth for Lighthouse while Cabot’s Britton Alley was seventh and Beebe’s Keishun Davidson rounded out the top eight.

Despite having the top two individual times in the 100-meter dash, the Wolves could only manage sixth place in the4x100-meter relay. Hamburg won the event with a time of 43.08. Parkview was second and Cabot took third.

The Panthers won the 4x400 relay by more than two seconds with a time of 3:31.08. Beebe was sixth, posting a 3:36.86. Cabot and Beebe teams placed third and fifth respectively in the 4x800.

Beebe senior Connor Patrom won the 400-meter race. His time of 49.84 was 6/100s ahead of Marquez Rushing of Hamburg. Alley took fifth in that event with a 51.46.

Cabot senior Mark Odom finished second in the 300-meter hurdles. His time of 40.63 was just behind Hamburg’s Lorenzo Watkins’ 40.55. Odom was also third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.16.

Amari James of Parkview and Watkins, both also seniors, finished ahead of Odom at 14.82 and 14.86. Odom also finished seventh in the high jump with a leap of 5-10. Andre Jones, the defending Class 5A state champion who transferred from McClellan to Malvern, won the event with a jump of 6-5.

Gardner Howze, a sophomore, finished fourth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:46.30. Defending 7A champion Toler Freyaldenhoven of Conway finished first at 4:28.41 while Conway Christian’s Bennett Pascoe was second and Charlie Terry of Bryant was third.

In the 3,200-meter race, 5A-Central cross-country champion Gus McCoy finished third overall behind a pair of Bryant runners. John Carder and Cole Watson were first and second at 10:43.01 and 10:46.42.

McCoy was one second behind Watson while Cabot sophomore Blake Scott took seventh at 11:01.58.

Freyaldenhoven also won the 800 meters by five seconds while Beebe’s John Paul Savage took seventh place with a 2:09.00.

Cabot’s Brandon Jones was fourth in the discus throw while Beebe’s Reese Anders was fifth.

Rocky Burke and Braxton Burton of Cabot finished third and fifth respectively in the pole vault. Nick Johnson of Lake Hamilton and Matthew Standridge of Caddo Hills were well ahead of the field, jumping 15-6 and 15-0 respectively. Burke cleared 12-6 Burton 11-6.

No local girls’ team finished in the top 10. Cabot finished 11th of 23 teams with 26 points. Sylvan Hills finished 13th with 14 points.

Cabot’s Tristyn Edgar was eighth in the 100-meter dash behind defending 6A and Meet of Champs champion Jada Baylark of Parkview.

Cabot sophomore Casey Gore took second in the 1,600 with a time of 5:27.65. Erin Woodward, a Little Rock Christian Academy senior, won with a time of 5:21.23.

The Sylvan Hills relay teams showed well. The 4x100 team finished fourth, the 4x400 team finished fifth and the 4x800 team took seventh.

Cabot didn’t place in the 4x100, but the 4x400 team was fourth and the 4x800 team finished second behind Lake Hamilton.

Sylvan Hills junior Chloe George was sixth in the 800.

Cabot’s Caytee Wright finished seventh in the shot put and Ashley Odom was eighth in the pole vault.