by KEVIN TAYLOR
Special to the Press Argus-Courier
Van Buren finished fourth at the McDonald’s Relays senior Maria Santillana won the girls shot put with a throw of 38 feet, 4.5 inches on Friday.
"She’s had a real consistent year," Van Buren track coach Hays Lemley said. "She’s been over 37 (feet) at every meet and she hit 40 at our meet. We’re hoping she’ll be back over 40 at the conference meet."
Santillana was also sixth in the discus (89-10) while Bailey Gossett was seventh (89-2).
Bentonville swept both divisions of the McDonald Relays held in Fort Smith on Friday.
Alma’s Rachel Ray, who finished third (16.08) in the 100, won the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.11, with Van Buren’s Serena Shores taking second (47.56), as the Airedalettes finished 11th. Ray was also eighth in the 200 (27.57).
Shores was fourth (12.74) in the 100 meters.
Bentonville won the overall boys title with 96 points. Sallisaw was a surprising fifth overall with 54 points, with Northside and Alma placing sixth and eighth, respectively.
Van Buren tied for 16th in the men’s division with Cedarville. The Lady Pirates tied for 19th.
Northside’s Jarek Turner won the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.08, nipping North Little Rock’s Ed’Zemien Lyons (15.15).
Alma’s Tres Rowland, who was placed third (15.43) in the 110, took first in the 300 with a time of 39.79.
Michael Nicholson won the discus for Alma with a throw of 148-5, easily blowing past runnerup Jeffrey Rogers (136-2) of Catholic.
"There’s going to be some competition state-wide, for sure," Alma coach Tom McMurray said. "He’s just had a great year; he’s improved at just about every meet he’s gone to."
Nicholson’s Alma teammate, Landon Hogue, won the high jump with a leap of 6-4.
Van Buren’s Tyler Jensen was fourth in the 800 (2:01.87).
Cedarville’s Kendall Pittman finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles (16.36) while Cruz Rhea clinched seventh in the discus (120-4).
Brooks Langdon nabbed seventh in the shot put (44-4.5) for Alma.
Alma’s 1,600-meter relay was eighth (3:39.36). Lane Inge was also eighth in the high jump (5-10). Jake Marrs grabbed eighth in the long jump (20-6) and the triple jump (41-5).
Madi Chitwood was third in the 3,200 (12:22.83) while Maria Valente was sixth (12:49.13).
Greer Rogers grabbed seventh in the 400 (1:07.22). Gossett seized seventh in the shot put (32-1).
Logan Edwards clinched eighth in the 1,600 (5:52.73).
Van Buren took third in the 3,200-meter relay (10:32.45) and fourth in the 1,600-meter relay (4:29.73).
Alma was seventh in the 1,600-meter relay (4:30.23).
Cedarville’s Cierra Henry finished eighth in the 3,200-meter run (13:08.81) while the 3,200-meter relay team was also eighth (11:13.32).