Four state titles were captured and seven school records were set by Maumelle in the 5A state track meet last week in Harrison.
Behind state titlists Victoria Ortega, Sierra Temple and Claire Luallen, the Lady Hornets placed third in the girls’ competition. Dylan Douglas won the 3200 for the second straight year to lead the boys to a fifth-place finish. Eric Henry guided the Lady Hornets while Nick Taylor coached the Hornets.
“Coach Henry and I were happy with where the girls placed,” Taylor said. “They had a shot to win but Najada Rochell was home with bronchitis and would have scored points in the 200 and 400.”
Ortega set a school record and won the 3200 in a time of 12:19.04. Temple ran 12.35 seconds to capture the 100 meters while Luallen also established a school record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.36. Douglas won the 3200 in a time of 9:48.00, and all four athletes compete Saturday in the Meet of Champs in Russellville.
“The boys were predicted seventh,” Taylor said. “The six boys did well. We just didn’t have the depth and were down in the sprints.”
Maumelle also finished runner-up in four events. The girls’ 4x100 relay team of Temple, Bria Allen, Elicia Edwards and Lainee Gulledge finished second and set a school record with a time of 50.38. The boys’ 4x800 relay team of Carter Reynolds, Dylan Douglas, Jackson Fry and Asher Hamlin also placed second in a time of 8:12.80. Ortega was state runner-up in the 1600 and established a school record with a time of 5:28.64. Douglas’ time of 4:27.38 in the 1600 was good for second place.
Third-place finishes include the boys’ 4x400 relay team of Bradley Miller, Hamlin, Reynolds and Fry with a school record time of 3:31.79, and Brandi Allen in the 400. Fry placed fourth in the 800.
Placing fifth were Reynolds in the 1600, Tyler Harrod in the 3200, Brandi Allen in the 200, Claire Luallen in the 300 hurdles with a school record time of 48.05, and the girls’ 4x400 relay team of Bria Allen, Jarah Edwards, Luallen and Brandi Allen.
Luallen also finished seventh in the long jump as did Miller in the 400. Mackenzie Smith set a school record in the shot put.