Mallard Defends State Title, Sets New Record with Tribe at State
Following last fall's Mohawk football season, which saw the Tribe make the playoffs for the second year in a row, senior All-State standout Nate Mallard set his mind on the spring—and defense of his 3A state shot putting title. Mallard also set his sites on the state record, held at the time by Klint Harvey of Corning. Last week Mallard traveled to Jessieville with several other members of the Mohawk track team and defended his title, setting a new 3A state record in the process.
Much as it had been throughout the regular track season, no one had an answer for the Mohawk big man as he easily took the title. Breaking the 50 foot mark for the first time, Mallard put the shot 50 feet and four and one-quarter inches for the new record. Runner-up went to Phillip Freppon of Bald Knob, but the Bulldog could only manage 44 feet 10 and three-quarters inches for a distant second place.
The win also earned Mallard another trip to the Meet of Champions, being held Saturday at Lake Hamilton.
In addition to Mallard's record-setting performance, both the Mohawk girls and boys were represented in several events at the 3A state thanks to efforts at the recent district at Osceola.
For the Lady Mohawks, Taylor Seal finished fifth in the 100 meter hurdles final; Willow Lewis was sixth in the 800; Emma Shaw moved up from the junior high team and ran ninth in the 1600 and the 4x400 relay team of Madison Rahn, Shi Higdon, Shayln Lewis and Jasmine Terry ran 15th.
For the boys team, the 4x100 relay team of Jacob Scott, Sky Wright, Drake Featherston and Gunner Shaw posted a fifth place finish; Quentin Reeves was seventh in the high jump; the 4x400 relay team of Wright, Shaw, Spencer Hardin and Brett Burns were 11th and Burns finished in 12th place in the 1600 meter run.