Clint Ligon placed in five events, including a first-place finish in the long jump as the Heber Springs junior led the Panthers to a third-place tie with a meet-high 31.5 points at Thursday’ 18-team Eagle Relays in Vilonia.
Ligon won the long jump (21’3.5”), placed second in the 300 intermediate hurdles (40.87), finished third in the high jump (6’0”), took fifth in the 110 hurdles (15.20) and placed fifth in the triple jump (41’8.5”).
Class 7A Conway won the meet with 129 points, Class 5A Vilonia placed second (105.5) and Heber tied with Class 6A Russellville for third place.
Senior Jordan Peterson placed runner-up in the 100 (11.14) and third in the 200 (22.81) and classmate Jake Sanders was second in the 1600 (4:33.94). Junior Ethan Bly placed fifth in the 400 (51.65), sophomore Austin Schmidt took fifth in the 800 (2:01.41) and junior Andrew Powell placed eighth in the 3200 (10:42.19).
Heber’s 4 x 400 relay team of Peterson, Bly, senior Jessie Hood and Schmidt placed second (3:33.04) and the 4 x 800 relay team of Schmidt, senior Blake Leonard, sophomore Aaron McKellar and junior Zack MacArthur finished fourth (8:53.64).
The Lady Panthers tied for 13th place with 16 points. Jonesboro won the meet (93.5), Vilonia took second (70) and Class 6A Russellville placed third (58).
Senior Savannah Thomas had an impressive performance in the 200, placing runner-up with a time of 2:33.10.
Lady Panthers Coach Johnette Goldman is proud of Thomas and junior Grace Bodron. Both have battled injuries throughout high school. “First, we are very proud for and of Savannah Thomas. She placed 2nd in the 800, running beautifully and at a disadvantage, but also a blessing in disguise. She has worked hard and waited seasons to return from her ankle injury and surgery. Secondly, we are thankful Grace Bodron finally looked fluid again without pain. These two young ladies are truly testaments of patience.”
Senior Anna Engler placed fifth in the discus (93’ 6.5”), while the 4 x 400 relay team of sophomore Mary Simmons, sophomore Hannah Johnson, junior Taylor Eaton and Thomas placed sixth with a mark of 4:36.34.
Heber’s 4 x 800 relay team of Bodron, junior Mattie Cannon, sophomore Amanda Matthews and Simmons placed eighth (11:36.34), rounding out Heber’s point total.
Heber’s senior high teams were scheduled to compete in Cabot on Tuesday and they are set to visit Beebe on Thursday. Some members will head to Russellville on Friday for an invitation only meet.