BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Mena Bearcat Senior Boys Track Team brought home the runner-up trophy at the 2017 Class 4A-7 West District Meet held in Ashdown on Tuesday, April 25, missing first place by just five points. The senior girls brought home several honors themselves with many heading to Paragould on Tuesday, May 2, for the Class 4A State Track Championship.
Landon Stidman wowed the audience during the high jump portion of the meet, jumping so high and far that he landed either near the edge of the mat, or completely off of the mat, causing many ‘ohs’ and ‘oh no’s’ coming from the crowd. Stidman cleared six-feet to win 1st place and move on to state competition. All district track participants earning 1st or 2nd place move on to the state tournament.
In other district wins, William Shaner took 4th in the 400 meter dash and 8th in the 200 meter. Anthony Kennedy took 5th in the 400. Stidman also secured a 1st place win in the 800 meter with Devin Adams coming in 2nd, Curtis Curry in 4th, and Clint Buck in 8th.
Buck won 1st place in the 1,600 meter run with teammate Robert McIntyre on his heals placing 2nd, and Joe Looney in 4th. The roles reversed in the 3,200 when McIntyre took 1st with Buck coming in 2nd, and Looney again in 4th. Andrew Graves gave it his all in his longest distance race ever, pulling in 9th.
Ty Cole took 6th in the 110 meter hurdles and 7th in the 300 meter hurdles, and also took 8th in long jump. In relay races, the 4×800 team took 1st place, the 4×400 team took 3rd, and the 4×100 team placed 7th.
Caleb Holmes came in 5th in triple jump. Clint Buck took 5th in pole vault. Braxton Bahr placed 3rd in discus with Zion Barnes in 4th.
In senior girls results, Abbie Smith took 1st place in the 3,200 meter run and the 800 meter. Raychel Woody took 7th in the 400 meter. Addison Smith took 6th in the 300 meter hurdles with Kyntlie Wiles in 7th.
The senior girls 4×800 relay team placed 2nd, the 4×400 and 4×200 each took 3rd, and the 4×100 took 7th place. Cadie Cannon placed 5th in high jump.
Look for state results in the May 10 edition of the Polk County Pulse.