Friday, April 15, 2016

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Bears win in Little Rock

Leader sports editor

The girls’ division of the Little Rock School District High School Invitational track meet quickly became a two-horse race Thursday, and it was the Sylvan Hills Lady Bears who prevailed over the Parkview Lady Patriots by a final tally of 209 to 186.5. Little Rock Central was a distant third with 66 points. Watson Chapel finished fourth with 58.50, Hall High scored 43, McClellan totaled 20 and Dumas rounded out the seven-team field with four points.

“It was a pretty good little meet,” said Sylvan Hills coach Grover Garrison. “It was pretty small so it wasn’t anything special, but we had a few girls PR, and we have some freshmen that are really coming along.”

Sa’Maya Farmer got Sylvan Hills’ first win of the meet with an impressive personal record, her second of the season. In the fourth event of the night, Farmer out-did her previous best shot put by almost three feet, winning the event with a toss of 37-feet, 3-inches.

Parkview’s Kiarra Harris was second, and Sylvan Hills’ Raigen Thomas finished third with a personal best throw of 35-01.

Sylvan Hills did even better in the discus, taking three of thetop four spots. Sierra Towles won with a fling of 89-01, while Jayla Bell threw the saucer 85-11. Parkview’s Jessica Williams was third at 85-03, and Sylvan Hills freshman Andrea Dolphin was fourth at 72-10.

Sylvan Hills’ 4x800 relay team was all freshmen and they won the event. Ashley Jefferson, Dadreuna Taylor, Precious Boyd and Daveiuna Jones beat second place Hall by 28 seconds with a time of 11:23.76.

Middle distance runner Chloe George won the 1,600 with a time of 6:01.31 to lead a trio of Lady Bears in the top three. Allysia Marbley and Marta Miguel finished second and third. George also won an exciting 800-meter race, as she edged out Watson Chapel’s Yasmin Jackson by just .27 seconds. Jones was third in that event and Taylor finished sixth.

Sylvan Hills also swept the top two spots and three of the top five in the 3,200. Gabriella Marquez won with a time of 15:07.62. Miguel was second and Elizabeth Horn finished fifth.

Jefferson won the 400-meter dash with a personal record time of 1:03.09 to beat Parkview’s Alexus Phillips by more than three seconds. Lady Bears Mya Graham and Skyla Williams were third and seventh respectively.

George, O’Shayla Muldrow, Erykah Sanders and Makayla Smith finished second in the 4x400 relay behind a Parkview team led by the meet’s high point getter Jada Baylark. Baylark also won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and the 100-meter hurdles.

Muldrow, another freshman, was third in the 200-meter dash while Aliya Hatton finished fourth and Ayana Harris was sixth.

Makayla Smith was second behind Parkview’s Johnaya Givens in the 300-meter hurdles while Sanders took fourth in that event.

Central won the 4x100 by a fraction of a second. Harris, Hatton, Smith and Muldrow took second with a time of 51.17. Hatton was also third in the 100-meter dash while Muldrow was eighth. Smith took second behind Baylark in the 100 hurdles while Sanders was sixth.