A bus accident en route to the 2-4A Conference Track Meet last week kept most of Lonoke’s Jackrabbits and Lady Rabbits from competing at Heber Springs.


But three athletes qualified for the Class 4A State Meet, which was held Tuesday at Paragould after flooding forced a move from Pocahontas. Results weren’t available at press time.


After the accident, Steven Barrett got a ride to the conference meet, where he threw 118 feet to successfully defend his discus title, which qualified him for state.


Gracie Hyde and Keiunna Walker had met automatic qualifying standards earlier in the season. Hyde was to compete in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs as well as the 300 hurdles. Walker qualified for the high jump, long jump and triple jump.


As a sophomore competing for Brookland last year, Hyde won the 800 and 1,600 at the Class 4A State Meet. She won the Class 4A state cross country individual title in November. Walker finished second in the long jump and third in the high jump and triple jump last year as a sophomore.


Lady Jackrabbit coach Angela Watson said she expected Hyde to contend for more individual titles this spring.


Multiple sources said the accident occurred when another driver ran a stoplight in Cabot and hit the bus. No one was seriously injured, but most were shaken by the incident.


“Given the circumstances, we’re happy with Steven’s performance,” Jackrabbit coach Taggart Moore said.