Two years ago Magazine had aspirations of a state track title in girls. A hamstring injury to then-sophomore Brittney Bryan made that impossible.
Last Monday night in Gurdon, just four days removed from a district track meet title Bryan got her title, edging Magnet Cove by a mere 1.5 points.
That came after trailing Magnet Cove by the same one and half point margin going into the final event of the day.
The problem with that was, although the Lady Rattlers had recovered from a 45-19 point differential with seven events remaining, they still had to face a field that included Magnet Cove, a two-time defending state meet champion in the 4x400-meter relay.
Danielle Burr opened the event with a 1:02, her personal best, Charity Davis followed with a best of her own a 1:07 and Aubrie Davis kept Magazine in striking distance handing Bryan the baton in fourth place.
Bryan ran down two runners, completing the relay in a school record 4:29, although Mineral Springs won the event, the eight points gave the Lady Rattlers 74.5 points to Magnet Cove’s 73 after a fourth place finish.
The event completed a series of medal performances in six of seven events that followed a team meeting.
"They got together and decided, lets go get this thing," says coach Randy Bryan, father of Brittney Bryan.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Aubrie Davis, Morgan Herman, Brittney Bryan, and Burr captured the bronze medal and Brittney Bryan duplicated that finish in the 400-meter dash. With a school record 48.61, Burr took silver in the 300-meter hurdles and the once wide lead Magnet Cove had had narrowed as Magnet Cove, Spring Hill, Des Arc, and Magazine had all scored at least 50 points.
Charity Davis took second, silver, in the 800-meter run and after Kaitlynn Ryan pulled out another silver in the 3200-meter run the Lady Rattlers a scant 1.5 points behind Magnet Cove going into the final event.
The clinching relay was the second huge performance by a relay team. Closing the midday session, the 4x800-meter relay team, ranked third this season, by an unreal 42 seconds behind top performing Marmaduke – 11:04 to 11:46 – won the event.
Charity Davis ran the Lady Rattlers off to a great start, Ryan turned in a personal-best 800-meter time to keep Magazine in the race and Aubrie Davis maintained the second place position, but Marmaduke had gotten out to a 14 second lead when Brittney Bryan took the baton, not only ran her opponent down but also passed her (10:58.73-10:59.13) running a 2:27.41 split. The 10 points would be key.
The day started early with the girls pole vault where Racheal Phillips entered the competition ranked first in class 2A and she and Aubrie Davis finished third and fifth respectively, and Heather Bryan had a sixth place discus throw.
The Magazine girls entered the afternoon session in second place but down to Magnet Cove by 29. Brittney Bryan finished fourth in high jump and Heather Bryan eighth in shot put and Magazine would begin the evening running finals behind Magnet Cove by 21 points.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Danielle Burr ran to seventh place and Ryan then finished seventh in the 1600-meters.
The Rattler boys competed hard as well but with a smaller contingent and for 9th place. Charly Moua finished off his career with a bronze medal in the 110-meter high hurdles and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Moua ran with Laddy Thompson, Jason, and Hunter Chastain on the 4x400-meter relay; Billy Yang hit a personal record in shot put to place seventh and he also threw 116’ to take seventh in discus. Hunter Chastain finished up the Rattler scoring with a seventh place finish in the 800-meter run and a sixth place finish in the 3200-meter run.
Brittney Bryan, Burr, Ryan, Aubrie Davis, and Charity Davis were all named All state. The 4x800-meter relay team will compete at the Meet of Champions at Heber Springs.