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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Heber athletes compete at Meet of Champs

  • The top track athletes in the state gathered at Lake Hamilton High School on Saturday for the Meet of Champs, which includes the individual state champion from each classification (1-7A), plus the next best five performances overall.

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  • The top track athletes in the state gathered at Lake Hamilton High School on Saturday for the Meet of Champs, which includes the individual state champion from each classification (1-7A), plus the next best five performances overall.
    Heber Springs sent 12 athletes, brought home two school records and the senior boys placed third as a team with 32 points, behind first-place Vilonia (52) and second-place Conway (40).
    Heber’s 4 x 400 relay team, consisting of senior Jordan Peterson, senior Jorge Garcia, senior Jessie Hood and sophomore Austin Schmidt, shattered the school record with a time of 3:24.52; and Heber’s 4 x 800 relay team of Schmidt, senior Blake Leonard, sophomore Brock Ballard and senior Jake Sanders broke the school record with a mark of 8:07.84.
    Junior Clint Ligon placed 4th in the 300 hurdles (40.29) and 8th in the long jump (21’ 3.25”), Peterson took 4th in the 200 (22.58) and 8th in 100 (11.39), while Schmidt finished 6th in the 800 (2:00.85).
    For the girls, sophomore Madi Fires set a personal record, running the 1600 in 5:37.76 for 7th place and sophomore Mary Simmons also set her personal record in the 800 (8th, 2:27.20). Senior Anna Engler, whose goal was to heave the discus more than 100 feet, placed 9th (102’ 7”).
    “We had talked of the challenge of the competition, and discussed the opportunity to have our best performance due to the facility and competitors,” stated Lady Panthers Coach Johnette Goldman. “It was exciting that goals were reached by each of the girls and that the school records were set by the boy relays. It was a great meet.”
    “Though team scores are not actually kept for the Meet of Champs as it is an individual meet, the boys would have placed 3rd under Vilonia and Conway. We thought that was pretty neat.” Goldman added.
     

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