Mohawk Track Teams Make Good Showing at Districts

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Seth Lacey competes in the junior high track meet for the Mohawks, as he was runner-up in the discus. The talented freshman also won the shot put title for the junior high team, and later in the week competed for the senior squad and placed third in the discus. (photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

The Piggott Mohawk junior and senior track teams made good showings at their respective meets in the past week. The junior squad earned a third place finish overall, including one district championship and two runner-ups among team members, as they were edged by Rivercrest and Osceola at their meet April 23. Last Friday, April 26, the senior squad took part in their district meet and finished fourth behind the potent squads from Osceola, Rivercrest and Earle. Both meets were held at Earle High School, the only school in the 3A-3 district with track facilities.

Junior High

Seth Lacy finished as district champion in the shot put at the junior meet, putting the shot 46 feet 6 inches. He also finished as the runner-up in the discus on a throw of 112 feet and 3 inches. Colton Hardin was runner-up in both the 800 and 1600 meter runs, with times of 2:30 and 5:25. Meanwhile, the 4x400 relay team, with members Logan Dixon, Caleb Welborn, Bret Fuller and seventh grader Cade Harrell, also took runner-up honors with a time of 3:58.

Bradley Stephens runs his leg of the 4x400 meter relay in the recent 3A-3 district track meet at Earle. (photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

"We got a great performance from our junior high team," noted Coach Michael Harrell. "Seth Lacey is big, fast and strong and works really hard at the disc and shot put and that showed at district."

Harrell added that he took 12 seventh graders to the junior high meet this year, and the impact was evident. "In fact, our whole 4x800 relay team consists of seventh graders--Spencer Hardin, John Jones, Dalton Morris and Cade Harrell, and they finished fourth overall--they worked hard, and did good."

He indicated yet another seventh grader is expected to make an impact for years to come, "we've got a good future in A.J. Williamson, he's just a seventh grader and runs the mile and distance races good."

Harrell also pointed to the performances of other members of the freshman class who made an impact and will be missed, but added--"that's okay, they'll be scoring points for the senior high team in the future."

Additionally for the junior team--Logan Dixon took third overall in the 100 meter, and fourth in the 200; while Bret Fuller notched a seventh place overall finish in the 100 meter, and finished fifth in the high jump by clearing 5 foot 6 inches.

Welborn was third in the 1600, while the 4x100 relay team of Fuller, Wellborn, Dixon and Brayden Brewer was fourth with a 49.1

Senior Meet

The Mohawks returned to Earle Friday, April 26 and took fourth place honors in the senior high district meet. Overall, the Tribe made a good showing against some of the top talent in the state--with Seth Lacey, Bradley Stephens and Nick McKinnie leading the way. Lacy, a freshman, finished third in the discus for the senior squad with a throw of 115 feet. Meanwhile, McKinnie and Stephens also had good showings in their respective events.

"Just take Nick McKinnie, you know--speed is speed, and Nick has got it, he can run with anybody around here and I was really proud of him," Harrell noted. "He finished eighth in the 100 overall, and if you look at our conference and you see the quality of competitors he's running against, you'll know that's a big deal. He ran an 11.8, and with a time like that in a lot of conferences he would have the top time and won."

McKinnie, just a sophomore, went on to finish fourth in the 200 with a time of 24.1. "He can really step-it-out," Harrell surmised."We'll be working more with him on his starts next year--and if we can get him out of the gate quicker he's liable to be a district champion."

Bradley Stephens also had a successful meet, taking third in the 1600 and running on both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.

"Bradley Stephens is such a workaholic, you've seen him play other sports, and he works so hard," Harrell noted of another talented sophomore. "He's a kid who can do whatever we want him to do, he specializes in the 1600 but I think he could be right there with Nick in the 100 and 200 if he wanted to."

Although they're part of one of the strongest track districts in the state, Harrell is optimistic about next year as the team has no seniors. "We'll get them all back next year, the guys in the 4x400 relay--Will Jett, Big Nick Haywood and all those guys," he said of the underclassmen. "The 4x100 relay team, Bradley Stephenson, Nick Haywood, Logan Dixon who moved up as a freshman and Nick McKinnie--they ran a 45.93 and they were smoking, and in any other conference they might have won it--they were right there with Rivercrest and Earle, but Osceola kind of beat everyone. They ran so good and their hand-offs were pretty."

Harrell also noted his pride in the 4x400 team of Dixon, Jett, McKinnie and Stephens and the time of 3:58 they posted at Earle.

"These kids are all great, they're fun to coach," he surmised."They work hard and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do in the future. We don't have a track or facilities for them to practice on, if we did there is no telling how good they could be."

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