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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Waldron Jr Track Overcomes Hurdles To Victory


Pictured is Kason Davis

Talk about a challenge! On Tuesday, March 10, the Waldron Jr High Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs took on almost 30 teams and 32 events in the Alma Airedale Relays. After Monday night’s track meet in Mena was canceled due to weather, Waldron decided to sign up and try their hand at this monstrous event. With hundreds in attendance, the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs stepped up to the track and competed likes champs.

Lily Woodard

After five hours, the meet concluded and Waldron walked away holding some encouraging marks. The Bulldogs finished in first place with a team score of 98 points while the Lady Bulldogs secured seventh place with a team total of 38.33 points. For the Bulldogs, Kason Davis is improving by leaps and bounds as he finished with a double win in high jump at 5’10 and the 300-meter hurdles at 44.57. Davis also picked up second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.30 and fifth in triple jump.

Jace Butler

Ninth-grader, Peyton Lipham was a busy little bee as he was off and running in five events and placing in the top 10 as an individual in three of them. Lipham earned second place in pole vault with a height of 10’0, fourth place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.36, and sixth place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.49. Peyton also scored eleventh in high jump with a height of 5’0. Bryson Barker walked away with top marks as he scored first place in the 200-meter with a time of 24.33. Barker also snagged third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.90 and fifth in long jump with a marker at 16’9.

Maria Grano

Also scoring for the Bulldogs was Brayden Houston and Fernando Guerrero earning eighth and 13th in shot put with marks at 38’11 and 36’11 feet. Houston placed fourth in discus with a score of 115’5 as well. Trevor Bates picked up fourth in the triple jump with a bound of 33’6. Jeremy Brown got 12th in long jump at 15’7. Brycen Hattabaugh earned 11th in pole vault at 8’0. In the 1600 meter run, Michael Certuche picked-up 15th with a time of 5:36. Marco Mondragon and Whitley Fielding took home fifth and 11th place in the 400-meter. Ambrose Poor was successful in the 800-meter dash with a fourth-place win and a time of 2:21. And Leo Lopez placed 15th in the 200-meter with a time of 26.45.

Peyton Lipham

In the relay events, the Bulldogs walked away with two third-place wins in the 4×100 and the 4×400 and a sixth-place win in the 4×800. For the Lady Bulldogs, Jasmine Nelson had many irons in the fire as well. She placed second in pole vault with a marker at 7’0, fourth in the long jump with a length of 14’2.50, and eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:07. Maria Grano took home fourth in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:58 and fifth in the 800-meter with a time of 2:45.

Ailey Ledesma and Kynlyn Frayer

For discus, Madison Goff placed third with a mark at 74’7 and Peyton Boyd took eighth at 68’3. Macie Davis jumped into a ninth-place win in long jump with a length of 13’6. Rylie Brown was over the moon with an 11th place win in pole vault with a height of 5’6. Kylee Day raced into 13th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.06. Jinger Ward and Emily Sears each earned a ninth-place win in the high jump. Lily Woodard and Annabelle Millard aimed for the stars in shot put and placed 13th and 15th respectively.

The Bulldogs with their first-place win

Coming in at 12th and 15th in the triple jump was Arlene Jaminez and Hazel Buessing with markers at 26’7.50 and 26’4. For the 100 meter hurdles, Gracie Carnley placed sixth with a time of 18.48 and Kyleigh Cook-Coker placed 12th at 19.01. The Lady Bulldogs finished with two fifth plays wins in the 4×100 and the 4×400 and a ninth-place win the 4×800 with a time of 11:48. The Waldron Jr Track squads will be back at makin’ tracks again on Monday, March 16 in Van Buren for the Pointer Relays starting at 3:30 p.m.

Jasmine Nelson going up and over

Photos courtesy of Adam Hecox

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