Panthers, Indians, Eagles compete in Panther Relays

by Michelle Dillon
Photo by Jessica Payne
Cayden Duran, junior at Rusk High School. Photo by Jessica Payne
Cayden Duran, junior at Rusk High School.

The Bullard Panthers (168) varsity topped seven other schools in the Panther Relays hosted Friday, Feb. 28. Chapel Hill (137) and Jacksonville (128) rounded out the top three. Rusk finished fifth (53).

Bullard had six first-place finishes in the competition.

Landon Wheeler topped all runners in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23:12. Charles Meador was first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.09.

Hayden Jeffus earned the top spot in both the 1600-meter run (4:43.81) and 3200-meter run (10:23.00).

The team of Nicholas Hooley, Meador, Christian Johnson and Asthon Camp finished first in the 400-meter relay with a time of 3:30.74.

A height of 10’6” was enough for Zach Arroyo to beat out his competitors in the pole vault.

Jacksonville athletes also won six events at the Panther Relays.

Kaleb Clayton was tops in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.55.

Runners Clayton, Cameron Robinson, Ethan Mobley and Chris Carpenter won the 100-meter relay with a time of 46.63 and the 200-meter relay in a time of 1:31.51.

Desmond Fuller earned the top spot in the long jump with a 20’6½” span.

Carpenter won both the triple jump (45’8”) and the high jump (6’2”).

Rusk athletes earning the top spots in their events were Rylan Reynolds in the shot put with a 41’11” distance, and Garrett Blalock in the discus with a 112’5½” toss.

In the varsity women’ competition, Jacksonville was second with 124 points, Bullard was third (96) and Rusk came in sixth (35). Chapel Hill won the event with 152 points.

Runners Katelynn Hogg, Tacarra Foreman, Ashley Freeney, and Jazmine acquired a first-place finish for Jacksonville in the 200-meter relay with a time of 1:48.80.

White also won the triple jump with a 34’10” hop.

Bullard’s Emily Berry won three separate events. Her winning times included 2:30.37 in the 800-meter run, 5:53.37 in the 1600-meter run and 12:33.00 in the 3200-meter run.

Berlin Grossman took top honors in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 53.62.

Ashley Waterman’s height of 5’4” beat out her competitors in the high jump.

Gabby Nichols won the pole vault with an elevation of 8’0”.

Lady Eagles Zoe Fields earned a first-place finish for Rusk with a time of 19:21 in the 100-meter hurdles.

The JV Lady Panthers were first with 168 points, followed by Chapel Hill (114) and West Rusk (97). Jacksonville placed fifth (66) and Rusk sixth (28).

In the men’s JV competition, the top three teams were Chapel Hill (134), West Rusk (127) and Rusk (100). Bullard came in fourth (98) and Jacksonville, fifth (91). Bullard’s B team was eighth.

In the junior high meet, the Jacksonville eighth-grade girls placed third (112), behind Pine Tree (160) and Whitehouse (122). Bullard finished fifth (80). Jacksonville’s seventh-grade team was second (171), behind Pine Tree (213). Bullard again finished fifth (41).

In the junior high boys’ events, the Jacksonville eighth grade was second (157.5), following Pine Tree (194). Bullard was fifth (46). The Jacksonville seventh grade finished fourth (85) and Bullard, fifth (40).