Mohawk Track Makes Impact at State Meet

Thursday, May 15, 2014
The record setting Mohawk relay team includes, from left: Nick McKinnie, Justin Goding, Logan Dixon and Bradley Stephens. Goding will be a sophomore next year, while McKinnie, Dixon and Stephens will be seniors. (Photo Courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

Members of the Piggott Mohawk track team competed in the 3A state track meet at Morrilton on Friday, May 2 and made a good showing in several events. The relay team had set a new school record the previous meet at Paragould, and continued to have success in both the 4x100 and 4x400. Sprinter Bradley Stephens also had a good meet, finishing in the top five in both the 100 and 200 meters.

The Tribe brought home two third place finishes from the state track meet, in both the 4x400 and the 100 meter dash. In the 100 meter Stephens had a fairly slow heat race at over 12 seconds, but later advanced to the finals. In those finals he ran an 11.69, good enough for fifth place in the state, as Justin Bailey of Mayflower ran an 11.30 to take first.

Bradley also made it to the finals of the 200 meter sprint, and ended up taking third in the state with a time of 23.35. First place went to Hunter Casebolt of Elkins at 22.79.

Meanwhile, the 4x100 relay team of Stephens, Nick McKinnie, Logan Dixon and Justin Goding stopped the watch at 44.91, good enough for a sixth place finish. But, the four Mohawks weren't through, as they lined up for the 4x400 and took third place in the state with a time of 3:37.58, a new school record.

On the positive side for the Tribe, Stephens, McKinnie and Dixon are just juniors and will have another year to improve, while Goding is only a freshman and was pressed into service after a minor injury to Nick Haywood.

Several other Mohawks also took part in the event, but failed to place, including Lady Mohawk Molly Daffron who took part in the girls shot put competition. Speaking of the shot put, the state championship did come back to Clay County, though, as Corning's Klint Harvey took first place.

"I was really proud of the kids, and the work they put into the track program this year," noted boys track coach Michael Harrell. "Our team is young, and we've got a ton of talent coming back next year--and I'm really excited about that."

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