Greenwood hosts 6A West conference track meet
By Richard White
Greenwood High School and Smith-Robinson Stadium hosted the 6A West conference track and field meet last Friday, April 28th. The Bulldogs placed fifth out of eight teams with 41 points, while the GHS girls came in eighth with 35 points. A total of 17 events were scored.
Besides the host school, seven other teams participated including Texarkana, Lake Hamilton, El Dorado, Sheridan, Benton, Siloam Springs, and Russellville. The top finishers in each event qualified to compete in the 6A state meet at Lake Hamilton this week.
The Razorbacks of Texarkana won the boys meet with 172 points, 13 points ahead of second place Benton and third place Lake Hamilton (131). The Lady Cyclones of Russellville won the girls title, scoring 142 points. Texarkana was second with 132 points while Lake Hamilton had 102 points.
In the girls’ high jump, Greenwood’s Lilliah Pugh scored a point with an eighth-place finish, clearing the bar at 4’10”. For the GHS boys, Aaron Testerman finished ninth at 5’10”, but earned no points.
In the long jump, neither the Bulldogs or Lady Bulldogs scored any points. Abby Cagle, Lilliah Pugh, Reagan Scifres, and Emma Taylor all competed for the GHS girls. Zane Harmon, Max Vickery, Eli Scott, and Austin Youngwolfe all jumped for the Bulldogs.
The same was true for the triple jump with Cagle competing for the Lady Bulldogs, while Harmon and Youngwolfe represented the GHS boys.
Kaylynn Sims competed but failed to place for the GHS girls in the shot put, while Noah Fox and Noah Sexton both did the same for the Greenwood boys.
Nate Fox, Josh Maze, and Colton Simpson all competed in the boys’ discus throw, but did not place. The Lady Bulldogs did not compete in the event.
As expected, the Lady Bulldogs scored well in the pole vault, with top GHS vaulter Bailee McCorkle finishing second at 11’6”, scoring seven points. Teammate Annalee Buso also placed sixth (9’6”) for three points. Greenwood’s Tyler Walker placed ninth (10’6”) among the boys, but did not take points.
The GHS girls placed sixth in the 4x800-meter relay, crossing the finish line in 11:25.35. Team members included Amber Crook, Zoe Davis, Lea Ann Sappington, and Mackenzie Wheeler.
The Greenwood boys placed seventh (9:20.30) in the same event, earning two points. Team members were Parker Pitts, Brandon Riesberg, Luke Travis, and Tyan Farr.
Emma Taylor competed for the Lady Bulldogs in the 100-meter hurdles, but did not score. The Bulldogs did not participate in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles.
Hannah Johnston and Reagan Scifres represented the Lady Bulldogs in the 100-meter dash, but did not score. Max Vickery, Trey Woods, and Chris Prichet all ran for the Bulldogs, but also did not earn points.
Freshman distance runner Taylor Koeth placed second for the GHS girls in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:42.04, earning eight points. Likewise, Joseph Wittig ran second for the Bulldogs in the boys’ 1600-meter run with a time of 4:30.75. Greenwood’s Zack Looper was fifth (4:40.39) and earned four points.
The Lady Bulldogs scored a single point in the 4x100-meter relay with an eighth-place finish (55.08). The quartet of Aaron Ohl, Max Vickery, Trey Woods, and Drew Dundee combined for a fourth-place finish (45.01) and five points.
Greenwood’s Callie Scherrey competed in the girls’ 400-meter dash but did not score points, while Aaron Testerman finished eighth (53.53) and earned a single point for the Bulldogs in the same event. Collin Curry also ran for the GHS boys, but did not score. Neither GHS squad competed in the 300-meter hurdles.
Mackenzie Wheeler placed eighth (2:36.90) in the girls’ 800-meter run, scoring a point for the Lady Bulldogs. Zoe Davis also ran for the GHS girls, but did not place. Ryan Farr, Parker Pitts, and Luke Travis competed in the same event for the boys, but did not earn points.
Callie Scherrey ran in the 200-meter dash for the Lady Bulldogs, but did not score. Max Vickery ran fifth for the Bulldogs in the boys 200 with a time of 23.26 seconds, earning four points. Eli Scott also ran for Greenwood, but did not earn points.
Greenwood’s best performances of the day were in the 3200-meter run. Taylor Koeth earned 10 first place points with a winning time of 12:25.91. Her Bulldogs’ counterpart Joseph Wittig also placed first with a winning time of 10:17.88, earning 10 points. Zack Looper also placed fourth (10:33.23) for four points and Nathaniel Gonzales ran eighth (10:48.66) for one point.
The Lady Bulldogs earned one point in the girls’ 4x400-meter relay. The team of Abby Cagle, Callie Scherrey, Riley Shaw, and Mackenzie Wheeler had an eighth-place time of 4:46.16.
The GHS boys placed seventh in the same event with a time of 3:47.18, earning two points. Team members were Collin Curry, Zane Harmon, Aaron Ohl, and Aaron Testerman.