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Bearcat Track Takes Big Strides

BY MELANIE BUCK –

Mena High School Track & Field athletes traveled to Mansfield on Tuesday, March 29, to compete in the Mansfield Tiger Relays. Both boys and girls faired well in the competition, with the boys receiving a plaque for runner-up in team scoring. Senior Zach Jewell won High Point Individual, receiving first place in all of his events – 100m dash with a time of 10.69 seconds, 200m dash with a time of 21.88 seconds, a 22 ft. 3.5 in. long jump, and a triple jump of 43 ft.

In the 400m dash, Ty Cole placed 8th, while William Shaner just missed winning a ribbon, placing 9th. Cole also competed in the triple jump and placed 5th with a jump of 39 ft. 2.5 in. Anthony Kennedy placed 3rd in the 800m run, just ahead of Cross Hughes who placed 4th. In the 1,600m run, Clint Buck placed 4th and Robert McIntyre placed 7th. Both Buck and McIntyre ran in the 3,200m run and came across the line less than a second apart, taking 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Ty Cle placed 4th in the 110m hurdles and David Odom placed 7th. Odom also competed in the 300m hurdles placing 5th. The 4x100m relay team placed 8th and the 4×800 relay team grabbed 2nd.

On the ladies side, Jayzlee Bahr placed 6th in the 100m dash, 4th in the 200m dash, 2nd in long jump with a jump of 14 ft. 9 in. and 1st in the triple jump with a jump of 31 ft. 9.5 in. Janessa Richardson placed 5th in the 400m dash. Abbie Smith placed 7th in the 800m run and 8th in the 1,600m run. The 4x400m relay team placed 6th and the 4x800m relay team got 2nd.

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