Central Arkansas Christian’s Lady Mustangs finished seventh in the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships at Paragould last week.
Led by senior Amalie Gunn, Chris Morse’s team scored 33 points. Pocahontas won with 89 points, followed by Crossett, 86; and Lonoke, 51.
Gunn, headed to Missouri State to continue her track career, finished second in the 400 in 59.43 seconds. She took third in the 100 (12.50) and 200 (26.07).
Kylie Hall tied for second in the high jump with a jump of 5 feet.
The 4x800 relay team of Jenna Horton, Tessa Spears, Olivia Evans and Sydney Hughes finished fourth in 10:57.10.
The 4x400 team of Gunn, Hall, Horton and Kelly Chism took eighth in 4:29.12.
The Mustangs’ Kyvin Carroll finished fourth in the boys shot put with a throw of 49-0.5.
Gunn (100, 200 and 400), Hall (high jump) and Carroll (shot put) will compete in the Meet of Champions at Russellville on Saturday. The Meet of Champs brings together the seven state champions in each event as well as the three best performances regardless of classification.
“The Mustangs performed well,” Morse said. “There was a three-way tie for first at 5-2 in the high jump, which no one cleared. Hall went over the bar but didn’t kick. It was a great effort. She had by far the best technique in the competition. The bar was lowered to 5-1. Hall and Keiunna Walker of Lonoke missed on their first attempt and Jaylynn Hampton of Crossett cleared the bar for first.
“Kylie has a lot of talent and great technique for a ninth grader. She has a bright future ahead of her.”
Morse said he was proud of seniors Gunn, Horton and Hughes.
“They performed well and were willing to help in relays,” he said. “Adding running events to what you are already running can be a challenge, moreso mentally than physically. All three were willing to do whatever was needed for the team.
“I really appreciated their attitudes. This says a lot about their character.”