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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Wet track not a problem for Panthers

  • It’s going to take more than a wet track to slow down the Class 4A defending state champion Panthers. They proved that on Friday by winning the 16-team Eagle Bank Relays with a total of 148.45 points ¬ 29.5 ahead of runner-up Cabot.

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  • It’s going to take more than a wet track to slow down the Class 4A defending state champion Panthers. They proved that on Friday by winning the 16-team Eagle Bank Relays with a total of 148.45 points ¬ 29.5 ahead of runner-up Cabot.
    Junior Ethan Bly led the Panthers with 25 points as he placed 2nd in the 200 (23.23), 2nd in 400 (52.73), 4th in long jump (19’5.5”) and 5th in shot put (40’11”).
    Clint Ligon won the long jump (21’2.5”) and triple jump (44’), while Jake Sanders won the 1600 (4:38.69) and took runner-up in 3200 (10:17.59).
    Heber’s 4 x 400 relay team of Jordan Peterson, Jessie Hood, Bly and Austin Schmidt won first place with a time of 3:38.58 and teammates Logan Henley, Daniel Henley, Andrew Powell and Logan Goddard took 5th in the race with a mark of 3:53.85.
    Heber also won the 4 x 800 relay as Schmidt, Brock Ballard, Blake Leonard and Sanders finished with a time of 8:26.65.
    Peterson placed 2nd in the 400 (52.73), 3rd in 100 (11.79) and 4th in 200 (23.36), while Hood also placed in the 400 (3rd, 52.95), just behind Peterson.
    Zack McArthur finished 4th in the 800 (2:05.65) in front of Leonard (5th, 2:06.04). Following Sanders’ first-place finish in the mile, Powell took 6th (4:48.44) and Devin Redding was 8th (4:57.37). Powell also placed in the 3200 (6th, 10:47.59).
    Jorge Garcia snatched 3rd in the 300 hurdles (43.76) and Chance Donaldson finished 5th in the 110 hurdles (18.94). Cody Ellis tied for 3rd in the high jump (5’4”), Garcia took 7th in the triple jump (36’2”), Nate Hills was 6th in the shot put (39’ 7.25) and Jason Hammons placed 8th in discus (102’4”).
    Rounding out Heber’s point total, the 4 x 100 relay team of Tylor Alaniz, Drake Ricardi, Bly and Henley finished 5th with a time of 48.26.
    Heber’s Sr. Girls placed 4th as a team on Friday with 58 points, behind first-place Vilonia (141), runner-up Harding Academy (100) and third-place Des Arc (83).
    Mary Simmons won the 800 (2:32.99) to lead the Lady Panthers, while Paige Vandivor placed 2nd in the 300 hurdles (54.40) and 4th in the 100 hurdles (18.30). Anna Engler was 4th in both the shot put (28’0.75”) and discus (85’2”), while Savannah Thomas finished 5th in the 400 (1:03.98), 7th in 200 (30.47) and 8th in 300 hurdles (58.05).
    Heber’s 4 x 100 relay team of Vandivor, Hannah Johnson, Taylor Eaton and Shelby Clark placed 3rd (56.84) and the Lady Panthers’ 4 x 800 relay team of Grace Bodron, Mattie Cannon, Johnson and Simmons took 4th (11:06.75).
    Rounding out Heber’s point total, Bodron finished 5th in the 3200 (13:50.76) and Clark took 8th in the 100 (14.34).
    Heber hosts the 2-4A conference meet on Thursday. Field events start at 3:30 p.m.
     
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