ASHDOWN, Ark. – Circumstances had Arkansas High withdrawing from a track meet in El Dorado, then entering the Ashdown Domtar Relays. It was economical and rewarding for the Razorbacks to say the least.
Arkansas High’s boys only won three events, but piled up 140 points to easily outdistance runnerup Lake Hamilton’s 99. De Queen was third with 89, Genoa Central fourth at 71, Prescott 63, and Hope with 50 in the 14-school field.
The girls’ division was similar with the Lady Backs scoring 139.5 points, with Broken Bow, Okla., a distant second at 103. Genoa Central was third with 85, and De Queen followed with 78.
Pole vaulters on center stage in Ashdown
A large group of fans gathered around the pole vault pit early to see two on the best high school vaulters in the nation. Lake Hamilton senior Haze Farmer ranks second nationally, having cleared 17-5 earlier this season. Trinity Christian junior Rhett Nelson ranks fourth with a season best 17-2 1/4.
Nelson beat Farmer in another meet this year, but showdown Thursday was over early when Nelson’s pole snapped while he was trying to clear 16-1. He missed at the height three times, taking home the silver medal at 15-7.
Farmer didn’t enter the competition until 15-7, and didn’t miss until Nelson was eliminated. Farmer, bound for the University of Georgia, cleared a meet record 17 feet, but missed three times at 17-5 3/4. The latter height would have put him at No. 1 in the nation.
The Razorbacks’ only gold in the field events came in the long jump. Shamon Smith leaped a career-best 22-10, while teammate DeJordan Mask captured the bronze at 21-5 1/2.
Senior Cameron Collier coasted to victory in the 110 hurdles (15.04), more than a half-second better than runnerup Adrian Block of Prescott.
Collier ran the first leg on Arkansas High’s 4×100 relay team, which was clocked at 43.21. Jonathan Blair, Smith and Torie Blair ran the other three legs for the Hogs.
The Lady Backs took home six gold medals, including the 4×100 and 4×200 relays. Marcayla Montgomery, Shanti Railey, Cadagiana White and Zhiah Nelson won the shorter relay in 49.99. Nykirryia Robinson, White, Nelson and Railey won the 4×400 in 4:22.64.
Railey also won gold in the long jump (16-7 1/2), and the 100 meters (12.75). Montgomery prevailed in the 200 (27.64), while Serious Hicks captured golf in the 100 hurdles (16.45).
Hooks boys, Daingerfield girls win at Redwater
REDWATER, Texas – Hooks’ boys won six of eleven running events to claim the Joe Culpepper Relays Thursday with 137 points. Daingerfield followed at 99, with Waskom a distant third with 45 in the seven school field.
Daingerfield’s girls survived challenges from Waskom and Queen City to win with 92 points.
No field events were held because of heavy rain Wednesday night.
The Hornets won the first five events. Tanner Pounds, Carter Duncan, Mason Price and Logan Murray won the 4×100 in 43.12. Michael Ruth then won the 800 in 2:10.60. Teaondrick Wade followed with a golf medal in the 110 hurdles (16.40), and Murray won the 100 in 10.97. Hooks won the 4×200, the streak ending when Daingerfield’s Trese Grant won the 400.
The Lady Tigers won all three relays for 60 of their points.
The top three places in all events are listed on Fox Sports Texarkana.