The Magazine Rattlers track season is nearing conclusion with only the decathlon and heptathlon remaining. School and district records fell and championships were won during the season.
The junior boys won the championship in exhilarating fashion. The junior high finished off their regular season at Waldron on a cool wet day. Hannah Green continued her ways tying for top honors in pole vault. Clair Curtis continued her rise in the throws. Taryn Leslie began to round into form in the jumps placing in long jump and triple jump. Salena, Carlee, Lauren and Michal-Ann ran a season-best in the 4x800m relay.
In the boys events, Caleb hit a PR in discus 124-feet. Xeng PRed in hurdles. Tatum stormed the track in long jump and the 400m. The 4x100m relay with Xeng, TsimNeej, Caleb, and Tatum continued their pursuit of a school record. Nate, Ashton, Dan, and Jacob scored again in the 4x800m relay. The 4x400m relay team (Nate, Xeng, TsimNeej, and Tatum) broke the school record in 4:03.
In senior high, the teams are peaking just right as they competed at Waldron, Quad Cities, and the McDonald’s Relays in Fort Smith.
Highlights included Aubrie Davis’ school record in pole vault, Racheal Phillips turning in the third best mark in school history, Hannah Smith qualifying for state in pole vault, and more. Other highlights included Davis and Smith PRs in 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles, Kia Yang, Rebekah Dobson, Marley Littleton, and Lauren Ryan pushing the 4x800m relay ever faster, Keaira Thomas over 15-foot-three-inches in long jump and 1:06 in 400m dash, Lauren Ryan going 6:21, 2:48, and 13:14 in 1600m, 800m, and 3200m; along with the 4x400m relay team of Davis, Thomas, Littleton, and Yang turning in a top three time in state.
On the men’s side, Jon Halek ran a 2:10 800m, Levi Wright a 5:14 1600m and 12:09 3200m, while the 4x800m relay of Halek, Jesse Witt, Levi Wright, and Wang Minghau got down to a 9:16 for No. 3 Class 2A ranking at the time. Wang also ran 5:20 1600m. Jesse Witt continued to improve on his triple jump and 800m times as well as John Lor PR in 400m.
The junior high teams travelled to Morrilton for the District Championships with the boys ranked No. 2 behind England and the girls No. 3.
The girls got off to a great start with Clair Curtis (31’11”) and Kiara Vasquez (29’9”) hitting big in the shot put. Hannah Green took second in pole vault. Taryn Leslie scored second place in triple jump while Vasquez and Kailynn Cotton scored in discus with PRs. Vasquez also placed in high jump. Leslie and Brianna Garcia scored in long jump. Salena Yang, Carlee Parrish, Lauren Littleton, and Michal-Ann Dobson took fourth in the relay. Garcia PRed in the 100m while Leslie took sixth. Yang scored in the 1600m. The 4x100m relay team of Leslie, Green, Garcia, and Littleton placed fourth. Leslie, Gracen Thompson, and Littleton all scored in the 400m dash. Dobson scored again in the 800m while Leslie took eighth in the 200m dash. Finally the mile relay team of Green, Thompson, Vasquez, and Littleton took runner-up honors.
The junior boys brought the A-game and it took every last point to take the championship.
The day started with Xeng Yang and Caleb Hyatt PRs in discus 126’ and 124’10” for first and second place. Hyatt won the shot put with a 45-foot toss. Hyatt then ran to high jump for a second place finish. Tatum Scott, Nate Bryan, and Ashton Droemer scored in long jump while Xeng Yang and Nate Bryan scored in triple jump.
Bryan, Droemer, Dan Witt, and Jacob Hall ran the 4x800m relay to a photo finish with England. Then Xeng Yang smoked the field in both hurdle races coming within tenths of seconds of the school record in each. Tsim Neej scored in the 100m dash. The 4x100m relay ran to a second place finish. Scott ran a season-best and PR of 55.31 barely missing the school record with Caleb Hyatt scoring as well.
A storm delay ensued for about 45 minutes. Upon return the team scores were called out. England 105, Bigelow 101, Magazine 109, Conway Christian 109 with three events to go. Nate Bryan, Jacob Hall, and Ashton Droemer ran their best races of the year to place 5-6-7 and score nine huge points. Conway Christian scored 15 in the event to take a six point lead.
Tatum Scott turned in a PR in the 200m dash for third place for six points leading to a showdown in the mile relay with the two teams tied. Hyatt led off and gave the Rattlers a four-foot lead. Xeng Yang and Tsim Neej Vang extended the lead to about 40 feet. Then Tatum Scott secured the championship by smoking the track to a new district and school record to win the relay and the title.
Xeng Yang won District MVP. Several Rattlers were chosen All-District. They were Xeng Yang, Caleb Hyatt, Tsimneej Vang, Tatum Scott, Kiara Vasquez, Hannah Green, Lauren Littleton, Gracen Thompson and Taryn Leslie.