Mohawk Track Teams Continue Season

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Lady Mohawk Molly Daffron took first in the shot put at last week's practice meet at Pocahontas.(photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

The Mohawk track teams continue to tune-up this spring, and members of the senior squad took part in a practice meet on Thursday, April 10 at Pocahontas. On the day the Tribe made a good showing with several first and second place finishes, as the team looks forward to upcoming relays and the district and state meets.

Last week's meet was a fairly small one, as many of the regional teams were taking part in relays at Jonesboro High School. But, the Mohawks did square off with teams from Pocahontas, Cave City, Hoxie and Walnut Ridge and took first place.

The Mohawks dominated the sprint events, with Nick McKinnie and Logan Dixon pushing each other to first and second place in both the 100 and 200 meter races. "These guys are so fast, and continue to improve," noted track coach Michael Harrell. "It's exciting and I'm really looking forward to seeing them continue to improve their times."

Harrell also noted senior Nick Haywood has been working out with the track team, as he prepares to make a choice on where he will be playing college football in the fall. Haywood has made official recruiting visits to both Hendrix and Harding, but at last report had yet to make a decision on which of the central Arkansas schools will benefit from his services.

"He is in such great shape, I've never seen him run faster," Harrell surmised of the talented Haywood. "I just wish we had him around for another year."

The Tribe also took first place in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, and got good showings from all three of their mile runners--Lee Austin, Bradley Stephens and Caleb Welborn.

In the shot put, Molly Daffron of the Lady Mohawks took first place on the day while for the boy's team Seth Lacey notched a second place finish.

As the season begins to wind down Harrell noted the Tribe will also be making a few changes in an effort to get the best performances from their athletes, and better prepare for the state meet.

The seventh grade Mohawk track team was slated to take part in the Arnold Relays at Paragould Monday, but the event was postponed until Thursday due to the weather. Meanwhile, the junior team was slated to take part in a practice meet in Pocahontas on Tuesday, April 15 and the senior boys and girls will be competing at the same location on Thursday, April 17. The junior team will compete in the Arnold Relays at Paragould next Monday, April 21 and will be back in Pocahontas the following day, Tuesday, April 22 for the Junior Redskin Relays. The senior team will travel back to Pocahontas on Thursday, April 24 for the Senior Redskin Relays and will take part in the Arnold Senior Relays at Paragould on Monday, April 28.

The junior 3A-3 district tournament will be held at Earle High School on Tuesday, April 29 and the senior meet will be held on Thursday, May 1 at the same location. The 3A state track meet will be held May 5 to 9 at Morrilton High School hosted by Perryville H.S.

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