Eleven Lonoke athletes competed in the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships at Pocahontas last week.
For Taggart Moore’s Jackrabbits, the 4x100 relay team of Shawn Lake, Devonta Adams, Terry Moore and Jalen Wilson finished third in the 4A-2 district meet in 46.5 seconds but qualified for state as a wildcard. There they ran a personal best 45.5.
“That was still only good enough for ninth overall, but it was exciting for them to get to go,” Moore said.
Freshman Da’Lynn Waits, who finished second in the shot put at the district meet after moving up following the junior Rabbits’ district championship, finished 12th in the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 4 inches.
“We didn’t really expect him to place at state; we were just happy to get him to qualify,” Moore said.
Sophomore James Hunt won the 110-meter hurdles at the district meet in 16.9 to qualify for state. He ran 16.4 in the prelims, but that wasn’t enough to make the finals.
Tyler Tarrant’s Lady Rabbits (Brooklyn Magee, Taylor Long, Timmya Hunter and Lilli Royer) finished 15th in the 4x800 in 13 minutes, 8.32 seconds. Junior Hannah Moseley finished 16th in the shot put with a throw of 25-9.
“The 4x800 finished third at the district meet in 14:12 and got into state as a wildcard,” Tarrant said. “They cut a whole lot of time off at state. They did very well.
“Hannah finished second at district with a throw of 28-9, so she was very disappointed at state. But I kept reiterating to her she was there, and there were tons of others in (Class) 4A that weren’t there. Next year, I think she’ll have a very good opportunity to make it to state in the shot and discus.”
Tarrant said he would graduate only Mahalia Bass off his 15-athlete roster.
“I’m happy with those numbers, and I think next year I’ll have even more to help us have opportunities to compete in several different events at state,” he said.