PHS Track Squad Powers Through Late Season

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Mohawk sprinters Nick McKinnie (left) and Bradley Stephens in action at the 3A-3 district meet at Earle. The two juniors have pushed each other all season, and along with a number of other Mohawks qualified to take part in the state meet at Morrilton.

Several members of the Piggott Mohawk track team qualified to take part in the 3A state track meet at Morrilton this week, based on their performances earlier this season and at the district meet at Earle on Friday. The combined boys and girls teams were fifth overall, with the boy's squad posting a fourth place finish behind Rivercrest, Osceola and Earle.

The speedy Mohawk sprinters took second, third and fourth in the 100 meters behind Ashton Nails of Osceola. Nick McKinnie was second with an 11.65, Bradley Stephens ran third with the same time and Logan Dixon was fourth with an 11.69. Piggott's Eli Smith also competed and finished 21st.

Meanwhile, Stephens and McKinnie continued to push each other in the 200 meter race, taking first and second. Stephens clocked a 23.84 to win the race, while McKinnie ran a 23.97 for second and Dixon stopped the watch at 24.61 for sixth place.

Meanwhile, in the 400 meters freshman Justin Goding was eighth with a time of 58.72, while multi-sport star Cole Sears of Hoxie took first. Also running for the Tribe were Trace Stallings and Bryan Samples.

In the distance races the Mohawk runners continued to shine, with Caleb Welborn taking third in the 1600 meters with a time of 5:22.91. Meanwhile, Lee Austin was fourth in the 3200 meters with a time of 13:19.33 and Brady McPherson was seventh with a time of 14:38.33.

In the 4x100 relay the squad took second place with a time of 46.03, losing to Osceola. Earlier in the week the relay team set a new school record of 45.86 at the Arnold Relays in Paragould. The record was set by McKinnie, Stephens, Dixon and freshman Justin Goding. The previous record of 46.02 had been set in the spring of 2007, and previous to that the school records had stood since 1991. The Piggott relay team also took second in the 4x400 with a time of 3:48.51 and was third in the 4x800 with a time of 10:10.95.

Seth Lacey was fifth in the shot put with a distance of 39.2 feet, while Klint Harvey of Corning took first. And, Justin Clifford was seventh in the discus with a throw of 87.7 feet, while Lacey was eighth at 84.2.

For the Lady Mohawks, Molly Daffron was third in the discus with a throw of 82.8 feet, and finished eighth in the shot put. Meanwhile, Natalie Alvarado competed in both the 100 meter dash and 110 meter hurdles.

Monday afternoon the Mohawk athletes who qualified for the state track meet boarded a bus for Morrilton accompanied by coaches Michael Harrell and David Reynolds, with competition slated to begin Tuesday. Complete results may be found in the May 14 print and online editions of the Clay County Times-Democrat.

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