BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mena and Acorn High School Track Teams traveled to Waldron to compete in the Waldron Gaile Hainley Relays on Thursday, April 13.
Mena senior girls brought home a first place ribbon in the 4×800 meter relay event, running it in a time of 11:45.12. The four-member team included lead-off runner, Sarah England, Evelyn Smith, Bree Sanders, and Abbie Smith. The 4×400 meter relay team took second place in their event with a time of 4:44.30. The 4×100 meter relay team took 5th.
Abbie Smith pulled out a second place win in the 800 meter individual event in a time of 2:29.62; Evelyn Smith took seventh in the 800 and took 4th in the 400 meter dash with Raychel Woody right behind her in 5th.
In the boys’ division, William Shaner took first place in the 400 meter dash in 53.84 with Anthony Kennedy behind him in second place. Shaner also brought home 4th in the 200 meter dash and 5th in the 100 meter.
Landon Stidman brought home a first place ribbon for his 6 ft. 1 in. high jump. Ty Cole brought home two second place ribbons for a 17.46 run in the 110 meter hurdles and his 43.59 run in the 300 meter hurdles.
Clint Buck brought home second place in the 1,600 meter run in 4:59.65, with Robert McIntyre coming in 5th. Buck also took third in pole vault and fourth in the 800 meter run with Stidman behind him in 5th. In the 3,200 meter, McIntyre took third place in 11:16.39 and Joe Looney came in seventh.
The boys 4×800 relay team took second place in 8:59.28. The team started off with Robert McIntyre, Joe Looney on the second leg, Landon Stidman as the third leg, and Clint Buck as the anchor.
Jonny Gunn took sixth in the shot put with a 38-10.5 throw and Zion Barnes pulled in eighth in the discus with 96-1.5.
As a tradition at the Gaile Hainley Relays, the annual Honey Bun Race Relay was held as well. For the relay, ‘field event competitors’ that don’t normally run, create a team of four that each run 100 meters. The event is always fun for the crowd and fellow athletes. This year, Mena’s boys took home first place and a box of honey buns for their efforts.
For Acorn, Morgan Fagan took second place in the 1,600 meter run in 6:22.92, second in the 3,200 meter in 13:27.54, sixth in the high jump, and eighth in long jump. The girls’ 4×800 meter relay team took third in a time of 12:10.68. The 4×100 team took sixth. Madison Andrews took seventh in discus and Sophie Jackson took eighth in the 200 meter dash.
Acorn boys’ 4×100 meter relay team took seventh and the 4×800 meter team took eighth.