DE QUEEN – Despite winning just two events Thursday, the Nashville Scrappers rolled to a second place overall finish during action at the Colin Raye/Leopard Relays, a combination of De Queen’s two annual track meets forced together by an unusually rainy spring.
Nashville’s 4x100m and 4x800m relay teams did their jobs in 43.55 and 8:47.44, respectively, taking home the only first place ribbons the team would win. The Scrappers were buoyed to runner-up status, however, by a host of lower-scoring finishes, chief among which were those of Ignazio Perez.
Perez placed second in the 1600m run with a 4:55.80 effort and third in the 3200m run with 11:15, leading a pack of distance runners which included Zach Jamison and Robbie Morphew, who finished four-five in the 800m run with times of 2:14.94 and 2:15.37. Matthew Carver managed a seventh place finish in the 3200m run (12:03.90) to round out scoring in the endurance portion of the meet.
Nashville’s sprinters, meanwhile, were more numerous and more productive. Jackson Beavert led the way with a third place finish in the 400m dash (54.22), while Sam Cogburn placed similarly in the 110m hurdles (17.19) and took eighth in the 300m hurdles (44.69) before competing in the field events with an eighth place, 5’6” high jump.
Kiawan Wynn was fourth in the 100m dash with an 11.66 effort, Warren May claimed fourth in the 400m dash in 54.22 and Austin Gibbs took fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 110m hurdles (17.24) and 300m hurdles (43.52).
The Scrappers’ 4x400m relay team rounded out scoring in the sprinting events with a sixth place finish (4:01.68).
In the field events, Dillon Honea was king, throwing 120’8” in the discus for a second place showing, while Kirby Adcock contributed in the same event with a 114’6” toss. Nick Meyers and Trace Beene took third and fourth in the pole vault with 11’6” performances, while Trey Hughes added points with a 42’11” triple jump good for third place and a sixth place finish in the high jump (5’8”).
Terrell Grundy also made waves in the triple jump, taking fifth with a 41’4.25” finish, and in the long jump, where he finished eighth with a 19’7” effort.
The host team was the overall winner on the boys’ side, outscoring the Scrappers by about 70 points. In girls’ action, Nashville was less competitive, finishing 10th overall on the back of Latrice Wiley, who took third in the long jump (15’8”) and fifth in the triple jump (32’3”).
De Queen won the ladies’ events as well, edging out runners up Genoa Central by fewer than five points.