BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mena High School’s Boys track team has started the season off with several winning track and field events in the first two meets of the year. The first meet was held in DeQueen on Thursday, March 3rd, where they were up against athletes from schools that ranged in size from 1A to 7A.
Senior Zach Jewell swept his events, bringing in first place ribbons in long jump at 23’3”, triple jump at 43’8”, 100 meter sprint in an outstanding 10.88 seconds, and 200 meter sprint in 22.3 seconds. Blowing the competition out of the water in all events, Jewell grabbed the High Point Individual trophy at the end of the night.
The boys’ 4×800 relay team took 4th place in their event with Cross Hughes starting the race and handing off to Clint Buck, then Landon Steidman on the third leg and Anthony Kennedy bringing up the finish. The boys ran the relay in 9.01 minutes.
Junior Clint Buck brought home additional ribbons in the mile race with a time of 5.06 minutes, placing 7th and the two-mile event where he grabbed 4th place with a time of 11:14 minutes.
On Monday, March 7th, the boys traveled to Booneville where they secured 2nd place in the overall team category. This is only the second time that MHS has brought home a team track and field plaque, the first being last year.
Coach Aaron Pennington said the boys all performed well. Zach Jewell again swept his events and brought home another High Point Individual trophy. Jewell ran a faster 100 meters this time around, crossing the finish line in just 10.33 seconds. Mena’s William Shaner also competed in the event taking 7th place in 12.08 seconds. In long jump, Jewell placed first with a 23’4” jump, and a 43’5” jump in triple jump, taking first in that event as well, and ran the 200 meter in 22.2 seconds, bringing home his fourth blue ribbon of the event.
Also placing first were the boys on the 4×800 relay team. This go around, Cross Hughes began the race, with Austin McIntyre, Clint Buck, and Anthony Kennedy following.
Buck took 1st place in the 800 meter race with a time of 2:15 minutes, followed by Kennedy who was right on his heels. Buck also took 2nd place in the mile at 5:09, while McIntyre placed 5th at 5:28. Shaner placed 4th in the 400 meter with a time of 55.4 seconds, followed by Hughes who placed 5th in 56.3 seconds.
A 4×400 team was formed for the Booneville meet that included Zach Jewell, Austin Wagner, Cross Hughes, and William Shaner. The boys brought in 4th place with a time of 4 minutes and 1 second.
In the two-mile, or 3200 meter, race, Buck secured 2nd place while McIntyre followed behind in 6th place.
The Mena High School girls also grabbed up some ribbons along their way at both meets.
At the DeQueen meet, junior Abbie Smith grabbed 2nd place in the 800 meter run in a time of 2:42. Evelyn Smith took 7th in the same event with a time of 2:52. The girls 4×800 team placed 4th in a time of 11 minutes, 35 seconds and the 4×400 team grabbed 6th place in 4:54.
At Booneville, Macey Baucom placed 7th in long jump. Natalie Renard took 8th in the mile run while Breanna Sanders grabbed 6th in the 800 meter.
The girls 4×800 meter relay team snatched 1st placed with Taylor Harper, Abbie Smith, Breanna Sanders, Evelyn Smith running the event.
The girls 4×400 meter relay team took 2nd Place with Evelyn Smith, Abbie Smith, Breanna Sanders, Janessa Richardson running each leg.