The Quitman track and field program carried over their success in the 2A-5 District meet into Tuesday's Class 2A State Track and Field Meet held at England High School, as the Lady Bulldogs finished fourth in the team standings while the Bulldogs took tenth thanks to strong finishes on both the race track and in field events.
Quitman freshman standout Taylor Hooten got the Lady Bulldogs on the board with a 7'4" showing in the pole vault, leading to senior Alyssa Harrison turning in a 86'4" mark in the discus contest before junior Lucy Holland rounded out the morning field events with a 14'4.50" showing in the long jump.
Moving to the running preliminaries, the Lady Bulldogs finished in second in the 4x800 meter relay for eight points at 11:24.30 behind winner Melbourne's time of 11:03.10, leading to the high jump and triple jump events, where junior Haley Trawick scored two points in the former event with a 4'6" while classmates Carson Rackley and Lucy Holland each added a 29'1". Harrison also partook in the shot put, finishing with a tally of 27'11".
Concluding the day with the afternoon track festivities, the Lady Bulldogs tacked on another 10 points to their total in the 1600-meter race with a second-place finish from Hooten (5:53.52) and a seventh-place posting from Trawick (6:22.64) right before Holland came through with a sixth-place showing in the 300-meter hurdles (52.43) and Hooten added another runner-up placing in the 800-meter race (2:41.12), getting help from senior Lilly Holland's 2:47.71, good for fifth place. Hooten took to the track individually one final time in the 3200-meter event, taking home third (13:42.60) after battling Melbourne's Kylie Webb (13:31.25) lap-by-lap for the second spot. In the final event, the 4x400 meter relay, Quitman took seventh with a time of 4:47.13 behind the four-athlete combined effort of Halle Bennett, Katelyn Black, Trawick and Hooten, winning their final section over Magazine.
The Lady Bulldogs finished in fourth place in the team standings with 46.5 points, behind champion Melbourne's 76, runner-up Yellville-Summit's 68 and Decatur's 58.5 For the Lady Bearkatz, the victory marks their fourth state championship in girls athletics in the 2018-19 school year, also hauling in crowns in golf, cross country and basketball. Quitman won their first state title in the sport in 2017 before finishing runner-up in 2018.
Senior David Alvarez provided the Bulldogs with their first points on the day with two in the triple jump (41'3", seventh place), followed by Landon Luman's 5'6" mark in the high jump (eighth place).
The Martin brother duo of sophomore Holden and freshman Hayden both finished in the top six in the pole vault, as Holden wound up in third with a 10'6" and Hayden took sixth with a 9'6".
Freshman Nic Shue scored the first points on the track for Quitman with three in the 1600-meter run (5:15.12, sixth place) before older brother and junior Zac Shue contributed with a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter race (2:17.14). Alvarez got back on the board in the 400-meter run (55.25, eighth) Jaden Hagens posted eighth in the 300-meter hurdles, leading to Alvarez, Zac Shue, Erin Mathes and Holden Martin closing out the meet in tenth in the 400-meter relay.
The Bulldogs had 24 points in total for a tenth-place finish in the points standings, as Earle won the gold with with 94, 24 points ahead of runner-up Lafayette County.
Following are more full team results:
7. Lafayette County-34
9. Maumelle Charter-24
2. Lafayette County-72
6. Harmony Grove-33
8. Conway Christian-26