The Rattlers came on strong at the end of the season with 3rd place finishes at Waldron and Mansfield before staging an epic comeback to take the District 2A-4 Championship narrowly edging rival Danville in senior boys and girls last week.

In the senior girls division, the nucleus of Hannah Smith, Lauren Ryan, and Hannah Green set the stage early and often. They got great effort and points from the surrounding cast as well.

Green, Smith, Carlee Parrish, and Michal-Ann Dobson started the day with a 1-2-3-4 finish in the pole vault competition; Green is ranked #1 in Class 2A while Smith is just returning from injury. Then in the high jump, Smith led Kelsey Krigbaum and Marlene Emken to a 3-5-8 finish.

Clair Curtis hit some nice marks in the throws going 3-8 with Sarai Parrish in discus and 1-7 with Mary Lee in shot put. Her put is the second longest is school history.

Taryn Leslie and Smith went 2-3 in triple jump then Leslie returned to go 2-6 in long jump with Green.

The Lady Rattlers entered the running events with a slight edge over the Lady Little Johns.

Ryan, Dobson, Emken, and Carlee Parrish dominated the field in the 4x800-meter relay. Smith set a new school record — 16.69, previous Aubrie Davis 16.96 and narrowly missing the district record of 16.61 by Avery Williams of Hector — in the 100-meter hurdles narrowly edging Westside’s District MVP, Lauren Brasel in a great race.

Green and Krigbaum went 4-5 in the 100-meter dash. Ryan won her second race of the day in the 1600-meter followed by Carlee Parrish in second. Krigbaum, Green, Leslie, and Emken won the 4x100-meter relay as well.

Green PRed and took 2nd in the 400-meter dash while Emken and Leslie finished 6th and 7th. Smith came back to dominate the 300-meter hurdles in fine fashion. Ryan, Dobson, and Carlee Parrish placed 2nd, 3rd, and 5th in the 800-meter run to pull ahead of the Danville girls. Krigbaum, Leslie, and Salzer finished with 7 points in the event.

Then Ryan, Dobson, and Parrish went 1-2-3 in the 3200-meter to put the battle to an end. Smith, Green, Leslie, and Emken put the icing on the championship cake by winning the mile relay in dominating by 9 seconds.

The Lady Rattlers amassed 212 points for the day.

In the boys division, Caleb Hyatt started the day with two great performances of 43’5” and 131’2” to win shot and discus. Kobe Faughn took 7th in shot while Xeng Yang, Kobe Faughn, and Jay Thao went 3-4-8 in discus.

Next up, Jesse Witt PRed with a 40’2.5” triple jump to narrowly beat the #1 ranked Ryan Dockery from Lavaca by 2.5 inches and qualify for state. Matthew Smith and Trevor Blake took 4th and 7th in the event.

Smith and Chase Gibson finished 1-2 in high jump; Tatum Scott, Smith, and Gibson placed 3-4-6 in long jump. Josh Cox ended the field events with a 3rd place finish in pole vault.

The Rattlers came out of the field events slightly behind arch-rival Danville.

Nate Bryan, Javier Aparisi, Cox, and Levi Wright led the Rattlers to a 3rd place 4x800-meter relay finish. Smith, Scott, Blake, and Timothy Stevens went 3-4-10-15 in the 100-metre dash. Wright, Aparisi, and Cox finished 3-5-6 in the 1600-meter run.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Xeng Yang, Caleb Hyatt, Jesse Witt, and Matthew Smith took 2nd. Scott, Witt, and Hyatt went 2-3- 7 in the 400-meter dash. Xeng Yang took 3rd place in the 110-meter high hurdles and came back to finish 3rd in the 300-meter hurdles.

The Rattlers were down double digits going into the 800-meter run but Aparisi, Cox, and Bryan went 3-6-7 in the 800, Smith, Scott, and Roark went 2-4-15 in the 200-meters, and then Wright, Aparisi, and Cox went 2-4-5 in the 3200-meter run to take the lead for good.

For good measure, the mile relay team of Scott, Witt, Hyatt, and Yang placed 2nd to qualify for state.

The Rattlers edged Danville 202-190. Full results at ar.milesplit.com.