Freshman girls second despite six first-place finishes at Lakeside

HOT SPRINGS — The Bryant Lady Hornets freshman track team accrued six first-place finishes while the Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves won just three events. But the Lady Wolves’ depth produced 132 points to Bryant’s 111.5 to take team honors at the Lakeside Junior Ram Relays on Tuesday.

Deborah Shaw won the individual high-point performance award.

Deborah Shaw won the individual high-point performance award.

Sheridan and Benton tied for third with 70 points each. De Queen was fifth in the 11-team field with 68.5.

Bryant was led once again by Deborah Shaw who won three events and contributed a leg to the Lady Hornets’ winning 4×400-meter relay team. She wound up as the high-point performer at the meet, accounting for 42.5 points, according to Lady Hornets coach Beth Solomon.

Bryant’s quartet of Megan Lee, Zhania Hall, Maggie Laws and Bailey Brazil also won the 4×800 relay with a time of 10:57.66. De Queen was second in 11:05.09.

Individually, Hall won the 400 meters with a time of 1:01.73, edging Benton’s Lexi Hollenger (1:03.21) and Laws, who was fourth in 1:07.07.

“Our girls did great,” stated Solomon. “We had some great performances.”

Shaw won both hurdles races. In the 100, she and Cassie Ray went 1-2 for the Lady Hornets. Shaw finished in 16.02, Ray in 17.21. Lake Hamilton’s Abby Hunter was third in 17.29.

In the 300 hurdles, Shaw won in 52.37, again beating out a Lake Hamilton runner, Farren Simon (53.49). Bryant’s Malori Pendergrass was fourth in 54.89.

Shaw captured top honors in the long jump with a leap of 15’11”, topping Hunter again (15’8.25”). She was third in the triple jump at 31’3” and fifth in the high jump (4’6”).

In the 4×400, Shaw teamed up with Lee, Laws and Hall on a 4:36.75 to pace the field.

Lee also contributed a second-place finish in the triple jump covering 31’5”, second only to Sheridan’s Tru Spann who was just half an inch better at 31’5.5”.

The Lady Hornets earned fifth-place points from Jasmine Martinez in the discus (75’9”); Brazil in the 1600 (6:08.41) and Yonni Allen in the 200 (29.25).

Allen was also seventh in the 100 with a time of 14.01 while Kristin Garner pitched in with a seventh-place effort in the pole vault, clearing 7’8”.

The next scheduled competition for the Bryant freshmen is set for Tuesday, April 5, at Sheridan.

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