Thinclads open season at McDonald County
Track is back. After a one-day delay for snow, the McDonald County Mustang Relays were contested on Friday, March 22 with athletes from five area schools braving the cold and damp conditions.
"It was very cold, but there was no snow on the ground in Anderson," said Southwest coach Linda Morgan.
McDonald County won the boys' division of the meet, scoring 209 points. East Newton was second with 134, followed by Southwest (113), Purdy (40) and Wheaton (29).
McDonald County also won the girls' division, racking up 241.5 points. East Newton scored 110 for second. The Wheaton Lady Bulldogs took third with 56, followed by Southwest (44.5) and Purdy (18).
Lavonte Jackson was a double winner in the sprints for the Trojans, claiming gold medals in both the 100-meter (11.6) and 200-meter dashes (24.0).
The quartet of Austin Ross, James Pettit, Jackson and Jon Holliday won the 4x100 relay in 48.9 despite some ragged handoffs. The Trojans also placed second in the 4x400 relay.
Holliday placed third in the long jump (17'9.75").
The Lady Trojans were led by a gold-gold-silver night by Nicole Ickes. Ickes won the 300-meter hurdles (54.0) and the 100-meters (13.4) and placed second in the long jump (15').
Shannon Mitchell also claimed three medals, winning the 400-meter (1:10.6) and finishing third in both the high jump (4'6") and triple jump (27'3.5").
Montana Hendrix won the high jump (5') and placed second in the triple jump (30'1.5").
Sharllana Gonzales placed third in the long jump (14').
Zia Roller took third place in the shot (27'5.5").
Southwest's sprint relay team of Megan Cook, Gonzales, Ickes and Hendrix took second in both the 4x100 (57.4) and 4x200 relays (2:05.6).
The Eagles placed fourth in the boys' division with only one individual earning a medal. Anthony Stevens placed third in the high hurdles in 27.7, and the Purdy 4x800 meter relay placed second in 10:38.3.
Kaylynn Harkey placed second in the girls' pole vault for Purdy, clearing the bar at 8'.
The Lady Eagles finished second in the 4x800 meter relay in 12:51.1.
Darrell Burns, the defending Class 1 state high jump champion, claimed the gold medal in his specialty with a leap of 6'. Teammate Justin Walker placed second, clearing 5'6".
Joey Robbins won the high hurdles in 21.4.
The Bulldogs claimed third in the 4x100 relay, running 50.6.