BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Mena Bearcat and Ladycat Junior Track teams traveled to Nashville for their District Track Meet on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The junior girls brought home several medals after a long day of competition against some of the toughest in the area.
In the 200 meter dash, Andrea Maechler took 8th. Ciara Lance placed 4th in the 400 meter dash. Alex Harper placed 2nd in the 800 meter with Jayden Harris coming in 5th. In the 1600 meter run, Jayden Harris placed 1st, with Alex Harper right behind in 2nd and Aryana Carter in 5th. Lauren Sikes placed 5th in the 100 meter hurdles.
Cadie Cannon placed 5th in high jump and Emily Wagner placed 8th. Madyson Birtcher placed 6th in discus.
In relay events, the 4×800 meter relay team took 1st place, 4×400 relay placed 3rd, and the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relay teams took 5th place.
The junior boys brought home a runner-up plaque for their efforts at the meet. Zane Stephens took 5th in the 100 meter dash and 6th in the 200 meter dash. Iaza Ingoglia placed 4th in the 400 meter dash and Curtis Curry placed 6th.
In the 800 meter run, Curtis Curry placed 1st with Devin Adams in 2nd, Logan Myers 4th, and Damon Clark 6th. In the 1,600 meter run, Devin Adams placed 1st, Logan Myers 3rd, Thaddaeus Nance 4th, and Caleb Peters 6th. Chris Bollmeyer took 6th in the 110 meter hurdles.
The 4×800 meter relay team took 1st place, while the 4×400 and 4×200 relay teams took 3rd, and the 4×100 meter relay team took 5th.
Caleb Holmes brought home 1st in the long jump with Zane Stephens taking 3rd and Jake Wiles 6th. In triple jump, Caleb Homes took 5th place, Zane Stephens 7th, and Mark Wilson 8th. Mathew McCravens took 4th in Pole Vault with Thaddaeus Nance coming in 7th and Jetzai Hernandez taking 8th. Braxton Bahr placed 6th in shot put and Blake Castor placed 7th. Bahr took 1st place in discus with Castor placing 5th.
The Mena junior track season ended with the district meet, but the coaches are looking forward to working with the rising athletes for upcoming seasons.