The Heber Springs track program made back-to-back trips to Cabot last week, with the junior high teams participating in the Panther Relays Thursday and the senior high squads taking on the Wal-Mart Invitational Friday.

 The Jr. Panthers saw Jacob Cantrell turn in three top-five finishes, the 300-meter hurdles (4th), the 110-meter hurdles (5th), and the high jump (4th). For the Jr. Lady Panthers, Taylor Cresswell (4th) and Maygan Jarvis (5th) both found the top-five in the pole vault, while Samantha Gilley took ninth in the 300-meter hurdles and Faith Cowherd found eighth in the discus and ninth in the shot put.

 On Friday, the Lady Panthers’ day at the track was highlighted by top-ten placings from McKenzie Becerra (6th) and Sophie Lawrence (9th) in the 3200-meter run, leading to Taylor Hammons winding up in seventh in the pole vault and the 4X800 meter relay team finding fifth place. The defending 4A champion Panthers had an all-around good day, as JaQuan Dunaway finished fourth in the 100-meter dash, fifth in the 200-meter dash, and sixth in the long jump. Lane Carter (5th, 3200-meter run) and Chancey Ivener (8th, 110 and 300-meter hurdles) also added strong finishes in their respective events. Lane Carter state qualified in the 1600.

The seventh grade and junior high teams made two trips to Batesville on Monday and Tuesday, while the senior high also ventured to Independence County Thursday to partake in the Sara Low Relays before also traveling to Lake Hamilton Friday. Look for results in Friday’s edition.