Burton, relays spur freshman Hornets to first-place tie at home meet

John Burton won the shot put with a throw of 44’4” and the Bryant Hornets freshman team picked up first-place finishes in two relays on the way to tying the Lake Hamilton Wolves for top honors at the annual Hornets Junior Relays at Bryant Stadium Monday night.

In a field of 20 teams, Bryant and Lake Hamilton finished with 109 points apiece. Cabot South was third with 67 points with Benton fourth with 63. The Bryant B team finished 10th with 18 points.

The quartet of Andrew Hayes, Malek Holman, Stanley Robinson and Randy Thomas captured first in the 4×100 relay, turning in a time of 46.03 to edge the Lake Hamilton team, which finished in 46.41.

In the 4×400, Hayes, Robinson, Thomas and Hunter Ulmer combined on a 3:49.29 to beat out the Wolves foursome, which turned in a 3:52.02.

The Hornets trailed going into the 4×400, the final event of the meet.

Benton threw a wrench in Bryant’s plans to win the meet. In the 4×800, the Hornets’ Robinson and Thomas teamed with Josh Nelson and Isaac Silos on a 9:32.95, which was topped by Lake Hamilton’s 9:17.75 but also Benton’s 9:32.25.

Thomas earned a second-place finish in the 200-meter sprint, finishing in 24.32 just off the pace of Lake Hamilton’s Latrell Young at 23.90. Bryant’s Josh Robinson was fifth in 24.90.

Sam Perryman and Chris Barrientos added second-place efforts for the Hornets. Perryman’s 45.40 in the 300 hurdles was less than a second behind Lake Hamilton’s Jackson Galster at 44.92.

Barreintos ran a 4:49.07 to place second in the 1600, just off the pace of Lake Hamilton’s Colby Swecker (4:45.52). Bryant’s Matthew O’Gary was fifth in 5:14.27.

Thomas added a third-place finish in the 100, turning in an 11.70 clocking.

In the 800, Chris Morgan was third in 2:16.86 with Barrientos on his heels in fourth (2:19.31).

Burton added a fourth-place finish with his discus throw of 130’10” while Hayes added fourth-place points in the 400, clocking in at 57.64.

Perryman added a fifth-place in the pole vault, clearing 9’6”. In the 110 hurdles, he was seventh in 18.01.

Hayes and Holman each scored in the triple jump. Hayes was sixth, covering 36’5” with Holman seventh at 35’9.5”. Josh Robinson took sixth in the high jump, getting over the bar at 5’6”.

The Hornets’ B team scored in four events, highlighted by Ulmer’s second-place finish in the 400 with a time of 56.78. Jaylon Dickson was fourth in the 300 hurdles at 46.97 while Michael Chatmon took sixth in the shot (41’7”) and Nelson was seventh in the 800 (2:25.74).

The Hornets will compete next on Tuesday, March 29, at a meet hosted by Hot Springs Lakeside.

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