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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Heber’s Mitchum compiles 26 points

  • If seventh-grader Pierce Mitchum continues to work hard and progress at this rate, he could very well blossom into the next Clint Ligon, perhaps mixed with a little Ethan Bly. That’s high praise considering Ligon and Bly are currently playing a large role in helping the Heber Springs senior high track team in their quest for a second straight outdoor state title.

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  • If seventh-grader Pierce Mitchum continues to work hard and progress at this rate, he could very well blossom into the next Clint Ligon, perhaps mixed with a little Ethan Bly. That’s high praise considering Ligon and Bly are currently playing a large role in helping the Heber Springs senior high track team in their quest for a second straight outdoor state title.
    Bly won the 100-yard dash in the Class 4A state meet last season with a time of 11.01, while Ligon consistently scores around 25 points per track meet, excelling in the hurdles and jumping events. Plus, the two juniors played a vital role in the football team winning the 2-4A conference championship ¬ the school’s first league championship since 1979.
    Mitchum, also a standout football player, seems to possess some of that same type talent on the gridiron and track. He showed that skill set on Monday, compiling 26 points. Mitchum placed in the 400 (2nd, 1:01.81), 100 (4th, 12.83), 200 (4th, 26.15), high jump (5th, 4’6”) and long jump (5th, 16”), leading the Heber Springs 7th grade Panthers to sixth-place overall at Monday’s 12-team Eagle Bank Relays.
    Russellville East won the meet with 100 points, Beebe placed 2nd with 98 points and Cabot finished 3rd with 88.
    Also placing for Heber, Justin Feemster took 5th in the 110 hurdles (18.57), 6th in the high jump (4’6”) and 8th in the 300 hurdles (57.89). Luke McGowen placed 3rd in the shot put (34’11.5”), Garrett Alaniz took 4th in long jump (16’1”) and Logan Hiltz tied for 7th in the high jump (4’6”).
    Heber’s 4 x 100 relay team of Feemster, McGowen, Jack Gardner and Alaniz finished 4th (56.21) and the 4 x 800 relay team of Gardner, Peyton Vowels, Jordan Adkins and and William Rubio placed 5th (11:15.98).
    With 44 total points, Heber’s Junior Girls placed fourth overall out of a 13-team field. Vilonia won the girls’ division with a total of 126.5 points, Russellville Middle School (111.5) placed runner-up and Russellville East (110) finished 3rd.
    For Heber, Grace Lehfeldt won the 1600 with a time of 6:16.13 and she took 7th in the 800 (3:00.33), while Ashley Smith placed 2nd in pole vault (6’6”) and 5th in the 1600 (6:36.24).
    Emily Matthews placed 4th in the 100 (14.86) and 7th in both the 200 (31.42) and 100 hurdles (20.47), Faith Swartwood was 6th in the 300 hurdles (100.62) and Megan Armstrong took 8th in discus (52’10”).
    Heber’s 4 x 100 relay team of Swartwood, Lauren Lynch, Hali Bish and Matthews finished 4th (59.26) and the 4 x 400 relay team of Bish, Smith, Erin Holland and Lehfeldt placed 7th (5:02.76).
     
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