Mallard Dominates as Mohawk Track Competes at District
Both Mohawk track teams visited Osceola last week for the rain-delayed senior district track meet, with the boys finishing fourth and girls fifth.
The Mohawk track team made a good showing at the 3A-3 district track meet at Osceola on Friday, April 27, as the Nate Mallard shot-putting farewell tour continued. The defending 3A state champ again dominated the event en route to his second district title, helping the team to 61 points and a fourth place finish.
Fellow senior Quinton “Slim” Reeves also shed his Mohawk baseball uniform long enough to compete in the high jump, taking second and earning a spot in this week's state meet. Distance man Brett Burns ran second in his signature race, as did underclassman Gunner Shaw in the 100. The 4x400 and 4x100 relay teams were also runner-ups while the 4x800 relay team was also in the points in sixth.
Mallard shot the put 48 feet and two inches to win the district title, beating second place Stevion Fowler of Osceola by six feet and five inches. Fellow Mohawk senior Cade Harrell was also in the points for the Tribe, as he nailed down sixth place overall. With the win, Mallard earned the right to defend his 3A state title on Tuesday at the state meet in Jessieville.
Reeves took advantage of actually having a high jump pit at his school, something he didn't have last year, and recorded a six-foot, two-inch high jump for second place points. A multi-sport standout, “Slim” was edged by just two inches by Dante Adams of the host Seminoles. He was also slated to compete on Tuesday in state.
Senior standout distance runner Brett Burns ran second in the 1600 meters, then came back and took third in the 800 and ran in the second place 4x400 team. Earlier in the day he was pressed into service to play Charlie Brown in the PHS production of “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown” before rushing to Osceola to compete. He also reprised the role that evening and Saturday night.
But, it wasn't the travel which kept Burns from first-place points as he was edged by Connor Jackson, a freshman phenom from Manila who is likely to dominate the distance for the next several years.
Brandon Wellman also ran in the 1600, but finished out of the points.
Also running the 100, in addition to second place Gunner Shaw, was Sky Wright just out of the points in ninth along with Jacob Scott and Lane Buchanan. Drake Featherston was eighth in the 200, earning a point, while Michael Parker was 10th, Scott was 15th and Buchanan 16th. Corbin Midkiff ran 10th in the 400 as well.
The PHS girls scored 74 points in the district meet at Osceola, edged by Hoxie for fourth place as the Lady Mustangs had 75. The Rivercrest Lady Colts won by a wide margin.
Willow Lewis continued to dominate the girl's 800 with a district championship, Taylor Seal racked-up points in a handful of events and freshman Emma Shaw ran second in the 1600 to help the Lady Mohawks to the finish.
Lewis won her race by nearly 15 seconds as she advanced to the state meet. As for Seal, she was second in the 100 meter hurdles; fourth in the 100 and fifth in both the 200 and long jump. Shaw was beaten by less than two seconds in the 1600 with Hannah Smart finishing eighth to earn a point. Harley Earnheart took third in the discus, with Jordan Tate seventh and Annalee Massey also competing. Makayla Allman was fifth in the 3200 and Tate took fifth in the shot put, with Massey and Earnheart also competing but out of the points. Jasmine Terry generated points by finishing sixth in the 400, and also competed in the long jump. Claire Bellers also competed in the long jump, and along with Ericka Smart, the 100. The 4x400 relay team took second among two and the 4x800 was third among the four teams entered.
All of the top finishers qualified for the state 3A meet. The teams left Piggott Monday afternoon and traveled to Walnut Ridge for the Mohawk baseball district championship game. Afterward, they made their way to Hot Springs for the night, and were to compete Tuesday at nearby Jessieville. Complete details may be found in next week's edition of the CCTD.