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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Heber's magical run comes to halt

  • Heber Springs Coach Dale Cresswell, who has led the Panthers to the past three 4A state championships, said he thought Pine Bluff Dollarway could be the team to beat prior to the state meet.
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  • Heber Springs Coach Dale Cresswell, who has led the Panthers to the past three 4A state championships, said he thought Pine Bluff Dollarway could be the team to beat prior to the state meet.
    Although Heber won last week’s conference meet over the Cardinals by 59 points, Dollarway ended the Panthers’ magical run of three straight state titles on Tuesday at Panther Stadium. The Cardinals had help from other schools that took points away from the Panthers.
    Dollarway racked up 52 of its 82 points in the 100, 200 and 400, edging runner-up Highland (68) by 14 points and Heber (61) by 21 points.
    Heber senior Brock Ballard, who will run for the University of Memphis in the fall, won the 800 with a time of 1:58.92 and placed fifth in the mile (4:44.50) ¬ behind junior teammate Malachi Cannon (4:42.32), who also placed in the 800 (5th, 2:09.76) and tied for seventh in the 3200 with teammate Jonathan Ogle (11:07.52).
    Senior Dylan Bly placed fourth in the long jump (21’ 3”), senior Austin Schmidt took fifth in the 400 (51.74) and all of Heber’s relay teams picked up points.
    The Panthers’ 4x800 relay team, consisting of Schmidt, sophomore Patrick Hill, Cannon and Ballard blew away their competition with a time of 8:22.02. Heber’s 4x400 team of Bly, Marcus Robinson, Willie Atkins and Schmidt won their race with a time of 3:27.29 and the Panthers’ 4x100 relay team of Bly, Robinson, Atkins and Pierce Mitchum took third at 43.55.
    The Lady Panthers placed fifth as a team with 41.5 points, behind back to back state champion Crossett (131), runner-up Maumelle (74), third-place Ashdown (65.5) and fourth-place Pulaski Robinson (44).
    Senior Mary Simmons, who is headed to Arkansas Tech, paced Heber by winning the 1600 (5:28.29) and she took third in the 1600 (5:28.29). Freshman Ashley Patchell placed third in the pole vault (8’ 4”) and junior Christina St. John took sixth in the discus (89’ 10”).
    Sophomore Stephanie Music tied for seventh in the high jump (5’) and classmate Alison Thomas placed eighth in the 100 hurdles (17.75).  Freshman Grace Lehfeldt finished seventh in the 3200 (13:27.06).
    Rounding out the Lady Panthers’ point total, the 4x800 relay team of sophomore Korl Cusick, senior Amanda Matthews, senior Madi Fires and freshman Millie Wilson placed third with a time of 10:53.89; and Heber’s 4x400 relay team of Alyssa Uphoff, sophomore Erin Rezanka, Patchell and Simmons placed seventh with a time of 4:28.38.

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