Mohawk Thinclads Begin Spring Campaign

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Mohawk sprinter Nick McKinnie finishes strong in action at Pocahontas.(photos courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

A longstanding tradition resumed last week as the Piggott Mohawk track teams began their annual campaign. On Tuesday, March 18 the junior high squad made the trip to Pocahontas and on Thursday, March 20 the senior track team competed at the same location.

Though mainly secondary to the stick and ball sports, the Mohawk track program has a long and storied history of outstanding athletes and performances. The track team was also responsible for earning the school its first state championship in the late 1920's.

Senior Mohawks

Piggott's Seth Lacey took first in the shot put in the recent track meet at Pocahontas.

The Tribe got several top finishes in senior action at Pocahontas with competitors from Piggott, Pocahontas, Highland, Hoxie, Walnut Ridge, Valley View, Marmaduke and Sloan-Hendrix. First place honors went to Seth Lacey in the shot-put and Nick McKinnie in the 200 meter dash as the Mohawks made a good showing.

The Mohawks took fifth in the 4x800 relay with a time of 11:10 with David Douglas, Brady McPherson, Justin Clifford and Bryan Samples each running a leg. Meanwhile, McKinnie took second in the 100 meter with an 11:41 and Logan Dixon was second with a 12:11.

Caleb Welborn took third in the 1600 meter run with a 5:32 and Bradley Stephens finished fourth with a 5:34. Stephens, McKinnie, Dixon and Nick Haywood also took second in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 45.9.

Samples made a good showing in the 400 with a 59.1, while Clifford and Nathan Gookin competed in the 800 and posted times of 2:43 and 2:53.

McKinnie's 24.23 was tops in the 200 meter dash, while Trace Stallings recorded a 26.12.

Lee Austin competed in the 3200 meter run and notched a time of 13:04, while the relay team of Dixon, Welborn, Mckinnie and Stephens took home third place honors in the 4x400 meter relay with a 4:03.

Lacey's 42 feet and 5 inches earned him the top finish in the shot put, while Haywood took fourth with a 38 foot 2 inch put and Hunter Neeley was fifth was 37 feet and 6 inches.

Junior Mohawks

Dalton Morris and Brandon Gilkison took first and second in the 300 meter hurdles at the junior high meet held March 18 at Pocahontas. Meanwhile, the Junior Mohawks also brought home several second and third place finishes. Those taking part in the meet along with Piggott were Pocahontas, Highland, Rivercrest, Sloan-Hendrix, Walnut Ridge and Valley View.

Morris took first in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 54.51 while Gilkison's second place time was 56.44. The Tribe also got a second place finish from Nate Mallard in the shot put, at 36 feet and 6 inches, while Devin Riley came in fourth as he put the shot 34 feet.

Justin Goding finished second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 57.6 and Bret Fuller was second in the high jump with a height of 5 feet and 4 inches. The 4x400 relay team of Goding, Spencer Hardin, Elijah Bellers and Cade Harrell also brought home second place honors with a time of 4:05.

Dakota Santos was third in the long jump at 15 feet and 6 inches, while Morris finished fourth at 15 feet and 2 inches. The 4x800 relay team also took third with a time of 10:58 and included Jeff Holle, Reagan Mayberry, Talon Lowrie and Dylan Clifford. Meanwhile, Hardin was third in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:55, Morris was fifth at 6:05 and A.J. Williamson was sixth with a time of 6:06.

The 4x100 relay team took fourth with a time of 51.8 and included, Goding, Harrell, Fuller and Hayden Lemmons. The fourth place spot in the 200 meter dash also went to Lemmons with a 26.54 while Santos recorded a time of 30.16.

Taking part in the 100 meter were Fuller with a 12.9, Goding with a 12.8, while Harrell and Lemmons both ran 13 seconds flat. Posting times in the 800 meter were Clifford with a 2:36, Holle with a 2:54 and Williamson with a 2:58.

The junior track squad is scheduled to be back in action at Pocahontas on Tuesday, April 1 and a senior meet will be held at the same location on Thursday, April 3. Other junior meets are set for April 8 and 15 at Pocahontas, with senior meets set for April 10 and 17. The Paragould Arnold Relays for seventh grade boys and girls is also slated for Monday, April 14.

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