Bethel boys finish strong at season’s final meet

HOT SPRINGS — The Bethel Hornets track team wrapped up their year on Monday at Hot Springs Lakeside.  

“We finish the year strongly with 19 first place finishes in the meet,” said Bethel coach Colton Bond. “Our seventh grade young men had a great meet with 14 first place finishes and our eigth grade had a personal best of five first place finishes.  

“Overall I couldn’t be happier on the year,” he said. “From a seventh grade perspective, we were undefeated in our 4×100 and 4×800 relays. Jaden Ashford, Cason Trickey, and Dylan Witcher were all undefeated all year in the 100 and 200 meters. The final 100 and 200 heats Jaden and Cason decided to square off and push each other. The result was Jaden running an 11.75/23.87 and Cason running an 11.83/24.10. They along with Witcher have been very consistent in the sprints. Then those three with the addition of Aiden Hughes end up winning the 4×100 in a time of 49.85. 

“Isaiah Rivera also had a personal best in the 100 winning his heat as well,” the coach noted. “Earlier Trickey and Hughes won their heats of the discus. Ashford and Witcher went 1-2 in the Long Jump with Ashford having a winning jump of 16’6″. Jacob Jones finally broke through in the High Jump winning the event and then was on the undefeated 4×800 team with Brandon Avila, Daniel Barrientos, and Peyton Brack.  

“As the meet went on Ashford won the 100 hurdles. Hayden Moreau won the 300 hurdles in a gutsy stretch performance.  Hughes, Barrientos, Avila, and Brack teamed up to win the 4×400 for the first time all year. 

“Our goal for the meet was to go 1-2 in the relays for the night and that we did. From a coaching standpoint, I sure hope this group stays together in the future. From top to bottom, I felt like this is the deepest team depth wise that I have coached during my tenure at Bethel.”

Of the eighth grade team, Bond said, “We finally broke through and had a team high five first place finishes. It started with Cannon Starke winning the shot put in field events. Followed by Hunter Linn winning the 100 hurdles in a personal best of 15.44. Tyler Pinney and Xalen Curenton won their heats of the 100. Pinney also set a personal best and a school record with a time of 11.38 in the 100.  

“Dylan Jones followed suit in the 300 hurdles as he battled with a young man from Lakeside to win by a narrow margin,” he continued. “This group has worked hard and everything they won, they earned. Last year, I remember thinking if we could maybe eke out a first and a handful of seconds it was a great day with this group. Since day one though, they have come, completed the workouts, trained on their own, and ended up getting better.  

“As a program, we have had every student athlete break a personal record,” the coach mentioned. “Every student athlete has gotten better in their respected events and though they may have not won their heat, they got better. As a coach it is a great feeling seeing our student athletes meet their goals and find ways to succeed. From the weight room to the oval, our young men got after it and I couldn’t be happier.”

Here are the unofficial results:

8th Grade

High Jump

2nd Place- Canon Hill

3rd Place- Aidan Shaw

Shot Put

1st Place- Cannon Starke 35’1″

4th Place- Hayden Samuel 

5th Place- Sean Walls

6th Place- Joey Cerutti

Long Jump

3rd Place- Tyler Pinney

4th Place- Gage Horn

8th Place- Gavin Shelby

Triple Jump

2nd Place- James Billingsley

3rd Place- George Terry

6th Place- Stephen Fuller

7th Place- Carter Moore


2nd Place- Cannon Starke

3rd Place- Justin Burney

5th Place- Hayden Meshell

6th Place- Cole Skelley

7th Place- Josh Dinkel


2nd Place- Ricardo Leos, James Billingsley, Mitchell Elmore, George Terry

4th Place- Justin Burney, Jason Apodaca, Tristan Shamlin, Carter Moore

100 Hurdles

1st Place- Hunter Linn 15.44

3rd  Place- Vincent Zhou

4th Place- Dylan Jones

5th Place- Tyler Dobbs

6th Place- Kade Stewart


1st Place- Tyler Pinney 11.38

1st Place- Xalen Curenton 11.73

3rd Place- Aidan Shaw

4th Place- David Vivar

6th Place- Cannon Starke

7th Place- Landon Bowden


2nd Place-Aidan Shaw, Tyler Pinney, Gage Horn, Xalen Curenton

4th Place- Dylan Jones, David Vivar, Hunter Linn, Stephen Fuller


2nd Place- Canon Hill

4th Place- Mitchell Elmore

300 Hurdles

1st Place- Dylan Jones 48.52

2nd Place- Hunter Linn

3rd place- Kade Stewart

4th Place- Vincent Zhou

5th Place- Carter Moore


2nd Place- James Billingsley

3rd Place- George Terry


2nd Place- Xalen Curenton 

3rd Place- David Vivar

5th Place- Gage Horn

7th Place- Cannon Starke


2nd Place- Aidan Shaw, Ricardo Leos, Mitchell Elmore, Canon Hill

4th Place- Hunter Linn, Jason Apodaca, Stephen Fuller, Gavin Shelby

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