May 19, 2011 by wcobserver
By Susan McCarthy
SEARCY- The Greenland Pirates shaved off four seconds to set a new 3A state record in the 4 x 800 relay and finished seventh in the3A State track meet on May 5 at Harding University in Searcy. The West Fork Tigers, coming off its first place 3A conference track win, finished at 14, posting strong finishes in several events.
Greenland’s 4 x 800 relay team had consistently knocked time off their run over the past few meets, according to Coach Brent Jones. Jones said his team had competed well all season against track teams from larger schools and knew the state record was only four seconds away when they headed to last week’s state track meet.
“You want to compete hard, compete well in events at the end of the year and that’s what they did. We’re really proud of them,” said Jones.
Greenland’s Tanner Weeks, Brandon Bohot, Nathan Campos and Drew Lee wiped the board to post a new 3A 4 x 800 record of 8:43:81. The relay team’s win qualified them for one more run at the Meet of Champs which will be held May 14 at Lake Hamilton High School. The boys 4 x 800 relay will run at 4:45 p.m.
Weeks also placed second in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:43.05 followed by Brandon Bohot with a third place finish at 10:51.67.
Greenland’s Drew Lee finished second in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:53.94. And Lady Pirate Macey Reed edged out 12 others to finish third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:39.62.
“They’re competitive. They competed really well when it counted,” said Jones.
Just the week before, West Fork took top honors at the 3A Conference Track Meet in Eureka Springs on April 28. Coach Bryan Dougan said the win marked a first in West Fork’s history.
“It was fun coaching them because they love the sport. I didn’t have to beg or bribe them to do it because they wanted to come out and do it,” said Dougan.
West Fork’s 4 x 400 relay team captured a second place win behind Prescott with a time of 3:38.28. Dougan said the time marked a personal best for relay team members Blake Dougherty, Aaron England, Graham Klemmendson and Kyle Norris .
West Fork finished fifth in their 4 x 800 relay with three of the same team members, also posting a personal best time at 8:59.46. Members of the 4 x 800 relay team were Blake Daugherty, Graham Klemmendson, Nick Hasting and Kyle Norris.
Logan Lichty completed the Triple Jump event at 42-00.25, giving him a fourth place finish.
“To me, the biggest difference is the kids we’ve gotten involved…Kyle, Blake, Logan…they love the sport and wanted to do well,” said Dougan.
Jassa Ferrell was the Lady Tigers only representative at the state meet, but put 8 points on the board as a team of one. Ferrell placed fourth in the 3200 meter run with a time of 13:36.11 and sixth in the 1600 meter run at 6:07.11.
To qualify for state, competitors had to have a first or second place win in the 3A conference meet.