Through the 400-meter dash Tuesday the Magazine Rattlers were in third place and only eight points off the lead in the Class 2A track meet, held at England High School.
But the Rattlers were unable to put together enough points down the stretch to snag a piece of hardware.
Earle, second in the standings at through the 400, which included a fifth place by Tatum Scott in 52.88, was about to go on a tear and win the meet going away with 94 total points. Lafayette County dropped to second with 72 and Magazine staying third with 57.
Gurdon was fourth with an even 50 points in the meet which saw 31 schools score at least one point.
Magazine scored big in the throws with Caleb Hyatt winning the discus with a toss of 129’ 5” Hyatt was also fifth in the shot with a put of 43’ 3.5”.
Rattler head coach Randy Bryan noted after the meet that Hyatt is the first Rattler to win a state championship in both the shot (2018) and discus. Hyatt is a junior.
Giving the Rattlers their first of two event wins Chase Gibson repeated his Class 2A indoor state championship in the high jump, matching a season best of clearing 6’ 3”.
Also scoring in the field events was Jesse Witt with a sixth place triple jump of 41’ 4”.
Levi Wright muscled past multiple runners on the final lap of the 1600-meter run to finish fourth with a time of 5:10.26.
The Rattlers scored in both hurdle events with Kaedon Trejo going sixth in the 110-meters at 18.12 and Xeng Yang taking fifth in the 300-meters at 44.62.
Magazine also got two scoring performances in the pole vault with Trejo seventh and Ashton Droemer eighth. Both cleared 9 feet.
All three relay teams, which all featured Witt, also scored.
The 4x800 team of Witt, Wright, Josh Cox and Joseph Posey ran fourth at 9:22.28; the 4x100 team of Trejo, Scott, Witt and Tsim Neej Vang ran fifth at 45.95; and the 4x400-team of Witt, Vang, Scott and Yang closing out the year with a seventh place in 3:44.33.
Combined, the Rattlers scored in 12 of the 16 events in which they qualified for the meet.
In another, the 200-meter dash, Scott ran the eighth best preliminary time but was denied a spot in finals as that grouping was the two of each of the three heats and the next two best times and Scott was third in his heat.
After Tannea Thomas broke her personal record, the school record, and the district record in the shot put, hitting 35’ 4.75” in the finals, the Lady Rattlers quietly moved into fourth place in the overall standings.
But, Melbourne would go on to dominate the field, having the meet won going into the 4x400-meter relay, which it also won but was disqualified, making the final score over Yelleville-Summitt 76-68.
Decatur wound up third with 58.5 points. The Lady Rattlers would be eighth among the 36 scoring schools with 28 points.
Helping the Lady Rattlers to their early success were Hannah Green scoring a fourth in the pole vault at 8’ 4”, Clair Curtis placing sixth in the discus at 87’ 6”, and the 4x800-meter relay team of Lauren Ryan, Carlee Parrish, Marina Serna and Michal-Ann Dobson taking seventh with a time of 11:57.2.
The Lady Rattlers had Hannah Smith get edged out of the pole vault scoring on misses but Smith would place eighth in the 100-meter hurdles at 18.71, and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles at 52.42.
The other two relay teams also picked up points with the 4x100-meter group of Green, Kelsey Krigbaum, Taryn Leslie and Lauren Littleton placing seventh; and the 4x400-meter group of Becky Scott, Green, Smith and Leslie placing eighth.
Both the Rattlers and Lady Rattlers won the District 2A-4 meet on April 22 and both were the top scoring team from the district Tuesday.
With Zach Stanley winning the 400, Danville scored 22 points for 13th place, and with Jalene Tolbert winning the discus, the Lady Little Johns managed 21 points for 10th place.