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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Four Heber track athletes qualify for state

  • Heber Springs qualified four athletes for state on Saturday at Russellville's Cyclone Invitational, a meet that featured numerous Class 7A schools, including winner Rogers Heritage, which racked up 88 points.
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  • Heber Springs qualified four athletes for state on Saturday at Russellville's Cyclone Invitational, a meet that featured numerous Class 7A schools, including winner Rogers Heritage, which racked up 88 points. Following Rogers Heritage's 88 points, Rogers High School placed runner-up (66), Lake Hamilton tied Fayetteville for third with 62 points and Bentonville placed fourth (45), two points in front of Heber Springs. Ethan Bly qualified for state in the Long Jump, soaring 21'2.5” for fourth place overall. Bly also won the 200 with a time of 22.31 and placed third in the 100 (11.17) as the Panther senior compiled nearly half of the team's 43 points. Junior Brock Ballard qualified for state in the 1600 with a time of 4:35.05, which was good for fourth place overall. Heber's 4x400 relay team consisting of Daniel Henley, Bly, Austin Schmidt and Jorge Garcia won their race with a time of 3:27, while Schmidt also placed in the 400 (6th, 51.51). In her first race of the season, junior standout Madi Fires qualified for state in two events, completing the 1600 with a time of 5:48.79 for 14th place, and finishing the 3200 with a mark of 12:22.98 for 13th overall. Heber's Mattie Cannon also ran a state qualifying time (25th, 13:02.01) in the 3200. After Monday's Sara Lowe Relays, the 4A two-time defending state champion Panthers have qualified to compete in 11 events at state, while the Lady Panthers have qualified in four events. Look for more information on the Sara Lowe Relays in Friday's edition of The Sun-Times.

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