CONWAY -- Fayetteville left Faulkner County with both Class 7A state track and field titles Thursday.
State track and field Springdale Har-Ber’s Zach McWhorter set a Class 7A record in the pole vault by clearing 16-9 during the state high school track and field meet at Cabot High School on Thursday. Har-Ber ended the day with 115 points but finished runner-up to 7A-West rival Fayetteville, which won the meet with 132.5 points.
Springdale Har-Ber pole vaulter Zach McWhorter clears 16’9” Thursday on his third attempt to set a new 7A state pole vault record during the Class 7A State Track and Field Championship in Conway.
Springdale Har-Ber's Matthew Wentz, left, and teammate Deondrick Hinton race in the 300 hurdles during the Class 7A State Track and Field Championship Thursday in Conway.
The Bulldogs won the boys and girls' Class 7A state championships Thursday at John McConnell Stadium, leading from start to finish.
Fayetteville's boys bested Springdale Har-Ber 132.5-115, with Cabot finishing third (87 points). It was the first boys title for Fayetteville since 2012 and third overall, also winning in 2004.
Fayetteville's girls snapped Bentonville's four-year run as Class 7A state champions, defeating the Tigers 127-112. Conway, the meet host, was third with 86.5 points.
Thursday's title marked Fayetteville's sixth girls crown. The Lady Bulldogs also won titles in 1976, 1999, 2000, 2010 and 2011.
"The hard work our kids and our coaches have put in, it just showed today," said Fayetteville track Coach Drew Yoakum, who leads both the boys and girls. "They were determined to win. They came out and showed it. The kids came on top."
Fayetteville was boosted early by its field entrants, taking a 33-point lead over Springdale Har-Ber, 54-21.
Blake Young won in the shot put and the discus. Young had marks of 52 feet, 11 1/2 inches in the shot put and 161 feet in the discus.
Caleb Cooper won the triple jump, leaping 45 feet, 7 1/2 inches. August Carlson earned a victory in the high jump, clearing 6-7.
The Bulldogs went 1-2 in the 3,200 to seal their team title. Collin Pilkington won the event, clocking in at 9:44.10, while Camren Fischer finished in 9:50.08.
"We knew we had to get out to a fast start and we knew we had the distance kids once we got there," Yoakum said. "That was really big for us to get on the starting block."
Fayetteville also had key finishers in the top three in several events. Spencer Stone was second behind Young in the shot put and Tyson Morris was second in the long jump. Fischer and Trey Coulter each had third-place finishes for Fayetteville in the 1,600 and the 400, respectively.
Lauren Holmes helped lead Fayetteville's girls, earning victories in the 100 hurdles (15.18) and the triple jump (36-8).
Also for Fayetteville, Rebecca Boushelle won the 1,600 meters in 5:08.75 and Jasmin Franklin took the shot put title (42-11). The Lady Bulldogs had second-place finishes from Adriana Kitchen in the triple jump, Corrie Purcell in the 3,200 and Franklin in the discus.
Two Class 7A state records fell Thursday.
Springdale Har-Ber junior Zach McWhorter cleared 16 feet, 9 inches to win the boys' pole vault. McWhorter's mark broke Bryant's Spencer McCorkel's previous record of 16-8 set in 2006.
McWhorter attempted to clear 17 feet, 1 1/4 inches, but missed on all three attempts.
The Rogers girls ran the 3,200 relay in 9:38.69, besting Bentonville's time of 9:45.81 in 2006.
Paris Perkins of West Memphis won four state titles. She won the 100 in 11.98, the 200 in 24.65, the 400 in 56.77 and the long jump, leaping 18 feet, 4 inches.
Other individual winners included Conway's Kevon Holder in the 110 hurdles (14.41), Springdale's Ryann Goodsell in the discus (145 feet, 8 inches) and Rogers' Olivia Groeber in the pole vault (12 feet, 2 inches).
Sports on 05/06/2016
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