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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Heber three-peat

  • Heber Springs ran away with Saturday's indoor state track and field meet while taking the second step towards its second Triple Crown in the past three years.
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  • Heber Springs ran away with Saturday's indoor state track and field meet while taking the second step towards its second Triple Crown in the past three years.
    The Panthers, who have won back-to-back outdoor state titles, amassed 129.2 total points to defeat their closest competitor, Nashville, by 67.2 points for a third consecutive Class 1-4A indoor state championship.
    Senior Ethan Bly won the 200 (23.52), placed runner-up in the 60 (7.28) and 400 (53.61) and fourth in the Long Jump (19' 11.5"), spearheading the Panthers' title run while earning MVP honors at Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.
    Bly also ran the opening leg for the 4x400 relay team, which captured first place with a time of 3:39.27 ¬ eight seconds ahead of runner-up Maumelle.
    Powered by Mary Simmons and Madi Fires, the Lady Panthers, who won the Class 4A state cross country championship in the fall along with Heber's boys, placed runner-up at Saturday's indoor meet with 69 points ¬ 32.5 behind champion Mansfield.
    Simmons won the 800 (2:34.20) and Fires won the 3200 (12:35.58).
    The Lady Panthers' 4x400 relay team of Paige Vandivor, Alyssa Uphoff, Hannah Mangum and Mary Simmons won first with a time of 4:42.81, and the girls' 4x800 team of Grace Bodron, Mary Simmons, Courtney Kendall and Adrianna Simmons won first with a mark of 11:06.10.
    The Panthers also won both relay races as Jorge Garcia, Logan Henley and Schmidt joined forces with Bly to blow away the competition in the 4x400, while Schmidt, Garcia, Zack McArthur and Brock Ballard teamed to win the 4x800, posting a time of 8:55.97, which was nearly 28 seconds in front of runner-up Elkins.
    Also garnering individual state championships, Schmidt won the 400 (52.03), Brock Ballard won the 800 (2:06.29) and Clint Ligon won the 60-meter hurdles (8.83). Ligon also placed runner-up in Long Jump (21'3.75"), third in Triple Jump (41'6") and sixth in High Jump (5'8").
    Heber's Brock Ballard finished fourth in the 1600 (4:51.64) and Malachi Cannon took fifth (4:55.88), while Ballard also placed in the 3200 (7th, 11:19.21), behind teammate Austin Powell, who placed third in the 3200 with a time of 10:42.17.
    Also contributing points towards the state title, Logan Henley finished fourth in the 200 (24.21) and Daniel Henley was seventh in the 200 (24.58), while Derrik Fisher placed sixth in Shot Put (42' 4.5") and Cody Ellis tied for eighth in the High Jump (5' 6").
    Assisting the Lady Panthers' runner-up finish, Uphoff (4th, 1:08.83) and Kortney Davison (7th, 1:10.93) placed in the 200; Courtney Kendall was seventh in the 800; Bodron took seventh in the 1600; Isabella Creasey (6th, 13:26.31) and Mattie Cannon (8th, 13:36.23) both placed in the 3200; Paige Vandivor was eighth in the 60-meter hurdles (10.80); Stephanie Music finished eighth in High Jump (4'6"); Mangum tied for third in Pole Vault (7' 6") and Sarah Peeler tied for sixth (7'), while Kaitlyn Music finished eighth in the Triple Jump (30'4.25").

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