Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Bears win Lion Relays

Leader sports editor

The Sylvan Hills ladies track team won the Lion Relays Saturday at Jessieville High School, scoring 138 points to outdistance second-place Des Arc by 30 points. Magnet Cove was third with 86, Sheridan fourth with 85.5 and Bauxite rounded out the top five of the 11-team competition with 66.5 points.

The boys’ competition was much closer. North Pulaski scored 70 points, which was 39 behind winner Sheridan, but only good for sixth place. Bauxite was second with 103, Bigelow and Fountain Lake each scored 77 and Jessieville posted 71 points to come in fifth.

The Lady Bears won two of three relays and two individual events, but finished in the scoring in almost every event. Senior Aljahnay Duncan won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.70. She also took second on the high jump and third in the long jump. Junior Mya Graham added three more points for the Lady Bears by finishing sixth in the long jump. Freshman Erykah Sanders won the triple jump with a leap of 39-feet, 3 1/4 inches, almost six feet farther than second place.

Graham, Sanders, Duncan and Chanel Miller won the 4x100 relay with a time of 52.46. Graham, Sanders, Miller and Ka’Necia Allen won the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:34.95.

Sylvan Hills took second in several events as well. Miller, a freshman, finished just behind Des Arc senior Kirby Smith in the 200-meter dash. Miller was also second in the triple jump, third in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 100-meter dash.

Sophomore Sa’Maya Farmer took second on the shot put while classmate Ariona Flemons was second on the discus throw.

Sophomore Dallyn Stubbs and senior Justis Jakes took third and fifth in the mile, while sophomore Veronica Lindsey and junior Gabriella Marquez finished fifth and seventh in the two-mile race. Jakes also took third in the 800-meters.

Graham and Sanders rounded out the Lady Bears’ winning performance by finishing third and sixth respectively in the 400-meter dash.

Other local scorers in the girls’ meet included sophomore Sydney Cossich of Abundant Life, who took seventh in the 200-meter dash and shot put, and sophomore Terrany Tate of North Pulaski took fifth in the shot put.

The North Pulaski boys won an exciting 4x100 relay by less than a second over Fountain Lake, and sophomore Kris Johnson took first in the 300 hurdles by a wide margin for the Falcons’ two race wins. Senior David Johnson also posted a first-place finish with a discus throw of 121-7, and plenty of other Falcons scored in their events.

It was Abundant Life junior Daniel Carrell who finished second in the 800 while North Pulaski’s Cedric Grant was sixth. Falcon seniors Hunter Daniels and Nathaniel Martin were third and sixth in the two-mile race, while classmate Obed Stamp was fifth in the mile.

North Pulaski took second in the 4x800 and third in the 4x400 relays.

In the sprints, freshman Ladarian Price took third in the 200-meter dash while sophomore Waltez Ware took seventh. Cedric Handley rounded out the Falcons’ scoring with an eighth-place finish in the 100-meter dash.