Mohawk Sprinter is State Champion

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Five members of the Piggott Mohawk track team will compete in the Meet of Champions this weekend at Russellville. The members of the Tribe qualified by either winning, or finishing second, in their respective events which also garnered them All State status. The group includes, from left: Bradley Stephens, Justin Goding, Seth Lacey, Nick McKinnie and Logan Dixon.(courtesy photo)

The term "state champion" is not taken lightly in high school sports, and to earn the title is a great honor. Last week Piggott's Nick McKinnie punched his ticket to Mohawk immortality, winning not one--but two, state championships at the 3A state track meet at Prescott. With his victories in the 100 (11.21 seconds) and 200 meters (22.73 seconds), McKinnie also earned a spot in this week's "Meet of Champions" at Russellville.

Also qualifying for the Meet of Champions was PHS's Seth Lacey, as he took second in the shot put at 45 feet 5 and three-quarters inches. Lacey finished second in the state to another Clay County athlete, as Corning's Clint Harvey took the title and set a new 3A record in the process.

The Mohawk 4x100 relay team also qualified for the state meet by virtue of their top two finish in the district meet at Pocahontas, and finished as the runner-ups with a time of 44.08. Running as part of the relay team were McKinnie, Bradley Stephens, Logan Dixon and Justin Goding.

According to Mohawk boy's track coach Michael Harrell, the relay team's time, and McKinnie's time in the 200, are both school records.

The time turned in by the relay team at the state meet was also within the top 12 times in all the state meets, which garnered them an invitation to participate in the Meet of Champions Saturday, as well.

By virtue of his finish in the district meet, Stephens was also invited to take part in the 100 meter at the state meet and turned in a third place finish with a time of 11.32.

Based on their performances at the state meet, McKinnie, Lacey, Stephens, Goding and Dixon also were all named to All State honors for 3A in track.

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