Mallard Wins 3A State Shot Put Title
Piggott High School is home to another state championship this week, thanks to junior Nate Mallard and his performance in the 3A state track meet last Monday in Prescott. Proving there's nothing like a little friendly competition, the Mohawk two-sport standout improved his district meet runner-up distance by a full two feet, edging a familiar foe in the process. The win also earns him a spot in this Saturday's Meet of Champions in Russellville.
The talented underclassman led a group of young Mohawks in action at the state meet, as the boys team earned a 14th place finish out of 31 schools and the girls were 24th of 29.
Mallard was making his second trip to the state meet in a row, after finishing third in 2016 with a distance of 44:07.5, and edging senior teammate Seth Lacey, as a sophomore.
At this year's state meet Mallard and Luke Harper of Walnut Ridge went toe-to-toe, each pushing the other to new highs. And, when the dust had settled it was Mallard on top with a distance of 46:08, a scant four inches better than Harper's distance of 46:04. Also over the 46-foot mark was third place Hunter Davenport, of Lamar, with a put of 46:02.
The newly crowned 3A champ will join other qualifiers in the Meet of Champions this Saturday, in Russellville, he's scheduled as the 15th competitor out of 16 taking part in the shot put. Also among those qualifying was Jaylon Coopwood of the Earle Bulldogs.
In other boys competition, the Tribe got a strong performance from junior Quentin Reeves in the high jump, as he took sixth place with a jump of six feet two inches, improving four inches on his district meet performance—which had earned him the state berth.
Sophomore distance runner Brett Burns also had a strong showing in his two events, finishing ninth in the 3200 with a time of 11:49:32 and 14th in the 1600 with a time of 5:17:34.
Another talented sophomore, Mason Tillman also posted a top 10 finish, as he was 10th in the discus with a throw of 110:07.
Meanwhile, the 4x400 relay team of Justin Goding, John Jones, Hayden Lemmons and Gunner Shaw also finished 10th with a time of 3:24:99.
The boys team finished 14th among the 31 teams competing in the 3A state meet, which was won by the host Prescott Curlywolves.
The girls track team also had several state meet qualifiers, led by freshman Taylor Seal with the only top 10 finish of the day. Seal, who won the 100 meter dash district championship at the meet at Pocahontas, followed it up with a fourth place finish in the state meet with a time of 17:13.
Meanwhile, Willow Lewis took 12th in the 800 with a time of 2:47:86 and Makayla Allman was 18th in the 3200 at 15:56:41.
The 4x800 relay team was 13th with a time of 12:23:48 with Shi Higdon, Georgina Bautista, Hannah Smart and Lewis each running a leg.
And, the 4x400 relay team took 16th with a time of 4:45:91, with Lewis, Higdon, Seal and Bailey Davis each running a leg.
The squad finished in a three way tie with Atkins and Marshall for 24th place, with Geneo Central gaining the championship.