Pictured is Colton Arnold
On March 15, the 3A Cedarville Jr High Pirates Track Team had no problem stepping up to compete against a group of schools whose majority came from 5A conferences and higher. The Jr Pirates and Lady Pirates competed against Alma, Fort Smith, Mansfield, Greenland, Greenwood, Ozark, Russellville, and Van Buren at the Van Buren Jr Relays and they did it with ease.
With over a dozen girls earning marks in multiple track and field events, the Lady Pirates placed in the Top 15 of a dozen of those. Out of 13 teams registered, the Jr Lady Pirates ended the evening in 9th place. For their relay races, the girls scored 4th in the 4×200, 7th in the 4×400 and 4×800, and 9th in the 4×100.
Makalie Carter threw her way to a 12th place finish in Discus with a 60-8 while also earning 19th in the 100m. Teammates Rose Lalonde and Jaclyn Almanza also set fire to their arms with Rose making 20th in Shot Put with a 23-6 and Jaclyn picking up 14th in Shot Put with 27-2 and 19th in Discus with 48-11.
Having no problems clearing the competition was Olivia McGill who got 5th in the 300m Hurdles with a time of 58.13 and Katelyn Moore-Guerra who earned 7th with a time of 1:00.64. Kicking up sand in the Long Jump was Caroline Morrow who landed in 12th with a distance of 13-0 and McGill who at 22-8.5 snagged 14th in Triple Jump. And blazing across the sky like a shooting star was Hayley Langley who brought home 8th in Pole Vault with a height of 5-0.
Rounding out the scores for the Lady Pirates by burning rubber so bad they left their opponents gasping for air was Carlie Burris taking 7th in the 200m, Kaleigh Bremner in 18th with the 100m, Morrow in 11th for the 200m, Autumn Wheeler in 21st for the 400m, Lily Ming taking 9th in the 1600m, and Paige Cluck taking home 7th in the 1600m and 11th in the 800m. Girls head coach, Jarod Remer expressed, “We beat Greenland, Darby, and Kimmons in total points on the girls’ side and were competitive with the other big schools! I’m very proud of how our girls performed!”
When it comes to the boys, where they lack in numbers, they make up for in size and strength. Cedarville brought with them the “Eminent Eight” consisting of Colton Arnold, Easton Malone, Eli Weber, Luke Buckner, Noah Easley, Chasyn Oden, Braxton Bentley, and Alex Heaton who went on to score big for the Pirates. As a whole, Cedarville placed 8th overall out of 12 total teams.
Screaming down the track faster than the bus in the movie Speed was Arnold scoring 4th in the 200m with a time of 25.45 and 7th in the 100m with a time of 12.31. Malone grabbed 24th in the 200m. Weber earned 18th in the 400m. And Buckner snagged 18th in the 800m. While others came to play in the sand like a day at the beach, Arnold meant business taking 6th in the Triple Jump with a distance of 35-7 and 17th in the Long Jump at 14-3.
Jumping higher than a fish out of water was Easley who got 7th in the 300m Hurdles with a time of 50.98 and sealing a new personal record was Oden at 16th in the 300 Hurdles with a time of 55.46. Easley also flew to 2nd place in Pole Vault with a height of 9-6 while Oden picked-up 10th at 6-6.
And bringing in the big guns to lay down the law was Bentley and Heaton who each set personal records in both of their events. Bentley landed in 10th place in Shot Put with a distance of 35-10.7 and 11th in Discus with a 95-7 while Heaton slammed down 15th in Discus with an 80-3 and 21st in Shot Put with a 29-6.5.