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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Heber boys win Panther Relays

  • Relocated starting line and new surface but same result for three-time defending 4A state champion Heber Springs at the annual Panther Relays last Thursday.
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  • Relocated starting line and new surface but same result for three-time defending 4A state champion Heber Springs at the annual Panther Relays last Thursday.
    In their first official home meet since resurfacing the track at Panther Stadium, the Heber boys placed in all but three events while amassing 109 points, topping 5A Vilonia (106.5) by 2.5 points.
    The Lady Panthers also had an impressive showing with 91 points, placing runner-up behind 5A Batesville (151).
    In the boys’ meet, 3A Rivercrest totaled 85.50 points for third, 4A Dardanelle (77) was fourth and 5A Batesville (68) placed fifth. Senior Brock Ballard won the 800 (1:58.87) and senior Austin Schmidt won the 400 (51.10). Ballard finished second in the 1600 (4:35.26) in front of junior teammate Malachi Cannon, who took third with a time of 4:37.17.Cannon also placed in the 800 (6th, 2:09.14) and Schmidt also placed in the 200 (6th, 24.21).
    Heber senior Dylan Bly placed in four individual events, including the high jump (3rd, 5’ 8”), long jump (3rd, 20’ 6”), 200 (4th, 24.01) and 100 (7th, 12.00).
    Heber’s 4x100 relay team consisting of Bly, Marcus Robinson, Willie Adkins and Schmidt won first place with a time of 44.78 and the Panthers’ 4x400 team of Ballard, Bly, Adkins and Schmidt won their race with a mark of 3:23.31.
    The Panthers didn’t unleash their defending state champion 4x800 relay team, which qualified for state in the first meet at Searcy High School.
    Also contributing for Heber, Robinson took third in the 400 (54.34) and fifth in the 100 (11.86), Nate Hills was runner-up in the shot put (45’ 2”), Jonathan Ogle placed fourth in the 3200 (11:07.20), Patrick Hill finished fifth in the pole vault (10’) and Chance Donaldson took sixth in the 110 hurdles (18.40).
    Sophomores Alison Thomas and Stephanie Music each placed in three individual events to pace the Lady Panthers’ runner-up finish. Thomas won the high jump (4’ 11”), took third in the 300 hurdles (51.47) and finished sixth in the 100 hurdles (18.05).
    Music placed runner-up in the triple jump (32’ 4”) and high jump (2nd, 4’ 10”), while taking fifth in the long jump (15’ 10”). Senior Mary Simmons won the 800 with a time of 2:28.21, while senior Amanda Matthews placed runner-up in the 3200 (13:20) and sixth in the 1600 (6:18.65). T
    he Lady Panthers’ three relay teams each scored points as the 4x400 (4:36.59) and 4x800 (11:07.19) both placed second, while the 4x100 (53.96) team took third. Alexis Evans, Adrianna Simmons, Korl Cusick and Mary Simmons comprised the 4x800 team and Thomas, Uphoff, Music and Mary Simmons made up the 4x400 team. Music, Davison, Uphoff and Erin Rezanka ran in the 4x100.
    Rounding out Heber’s point total, Alyssa Uphoff placed fifth in the 400 (1:08.86), Kelsi Davison was seventh in the 200 (29.60), Christina St. John finished seventh in the discus (85’ 1”) and Adrianna Simmons placed eighth in the 800 (2:58.91).
    Page 2 of 2 - Heber’s senior high teams travel to Vilonia on Thursday, April 3, then to an invitational only meet in Russellville the following day.

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