If North Little Rock performs to its potential, then the Charging Wildcats could defend their conference title Friday at Cabot.

Last year, the Wildcats accumulated 178 points to take the championship. Coach Jonathan Calvin believes if his team performs the way it is capable then defending last year’s title is possible.

"If we handle our business, we should be able to win," Calvin said. "We are decent in the field events, and if our field event guys do what I think they can do and score, then we’ll be in good shape."

North Little Rock has sprinters and can do well in those events. Gathering points in the field events are key to it winning the team title. The Wildcats are already qualified for state in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays in addition to A.J. Louden in the 100, 200, 400 meters, Kaven Alexander in the 200 and Ed’Zemien Lyons in the 110 hurdles.

The top six finishers advance to the state meet May 8 in Cabot, and the Wildcats are hoping to qualify more entrants for that meet. They hope to have a better experience than last year where they finished third.

"We should have won last year," Calvin said. "We were at Bentonville, and it got cold, the wind blew in, and it started raining. Through seven to eight events, we were leading. In the 4x100, we dropped the baton after being way out in front. That deflated us, and then it got cold. This year, we hope to get healthy and sneak up on someone."