PRESCOTT – Howard County track and field athletes had a banner day Thursday as the Nashville Scrappers claimed the Merchant Relays title and a Mineral Springs Lady Hornet set a meet record.
Nashville claimed victory with 125.5 total points, well ahead of the host team, who finished second with 103.5. But it was Briara Sanders who stole the spotlight at the event, single-handedly lifting her team to a fifth place finish in the women’s division despite being the only competitor representing Mineral Springs.
Sanders shattered the meet record in the triple jump with a 35’11” performance, took second in the long jump with a 16’8” effort and claimed a trio of third place ribbons in the 100m dash, 300m low hurdles and high jump. She also finished fourth in the 110m hurdles, completing the race in 18.33.
The Scrappers were less dominant individually, winning just three events, but piled on other top-three finishes to eke out the overall win. Sam Cogburn won the 300m hurdles for the Scrappers with a 43.58 finish, LaMichael Pettway took top honors in the triple jump with a 43’4” performance and Nashville’s 4x800m relay team, composed of Ignacio Perez, Zach Jamison, Jordan Williams and Robbie Morphew, were dominant in their race with a 9:03.66 win.
Second place finishers included Deajeon Armstrong (200m dash, 22.9), Williams (800m run, 2:11.25), Perez (3200m run, 11:41.88), Pettway (110m hurdles, 16.52), the 4x400m relay team (3:41.72) and Nick Myers (pole vault, 12”2’).
Coming in third were Warren May (400m dash, 54.54), Morphew (800m run, 2:12.38) and Perez (1600m run, 5:07.09). Other scoring Scrappers included Matthew Carver, Ladarius Daniel, Trey Hughes and Dillon Honea, who took fifth in the discus with a 116’6” throw.
Nashville’s ladies’ squad also competed in the event, finishing seventh overall with 35 points. Notable performances included Asia Munn’s sixth place finish in the 110m hurdles (19.30), fourth place win in the 300m low hurdles (53.16) and bronze placement in the high jump (4’9”); KeeKee Richardson’s fifth place long jump (16’2”) and fourth place stop in the triple jump (33’3”); Latrice Wiley’s fourth place long jump (16’3”), Sadie Leeper’s seventh place run in the 1600m (8:00.89); and the squad’s 4x100m relay team, which finished fourth with 53.85.
Rounding out the evening for Howard County were the Dierks boys, who managed a 15th place finish behind the efforts of Layne McWhorter, who placed third in the shot put with a 42’6” throw.