May 5 in Bryant athletic history: 2008

Bryant girls surprise with third at conference meet

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“I thought, as a team, we really over-achieved,” declared coach Danny Westbrook, after his Lady Hornets track team amassed 87 points to finish third at the 2008 7A-Central Conference championship meet at Bryant High School on Monday, May 5.

“The 7A-Central Conference is a pretty tough track conference and we held our own with some of the best teams in the state,” he continued. “After the prelims on Thursday, I projected the points for the finals and had us finishing fifth. To get third was a surprise and I think it is just a credit to the hard work and competitiveness of our team as a whole.”

Pine Bluff won the league championship with 145 points with North Little Rock second at 101.

The Lady Hornets were sparked by sophomore hurdler Jordan Chadwick who accounted for a team-high 16 points. Her second-place finish in the 100 meter hurdles — with a season-best 16.4 time — garnered all-conference honors.

Chadwick was third in the 300 meter hurdles, again, in personal-best time, at 49.78. In addition, she contributed legs to both of Bryant’s sprint relays which each finished fifth.

All-conference honors were also earned by Catherine Fletcher in the pole vault (second at 8-6), the 4×800 relay team of Brittany Hairston, Sara Coker, Sam Wirzfeld and Lennon Bates (second, 10:29) and senior Allison Lowery in the high jump (third, 5-0).

The top six from each event qualify to compete at the Class 7A State Championship held in Fayetteville on Thursday, May 15.

“We qualified 17 athletes in various events, so I feel like we will represent Bryant High School well at the state championship,” Westbrook asserted.  

Morgan Seelinger jumping a personal-best 33-7 to finish fourth in the triple jump for the Lady Hornets. shley Petz came through with a season-best sprint in the 200 meter dash finishing sixth with a time of 27.6. nother season-best performance came from the 4 x 400 meter relay consisting of Mikayla Speake, Chadwick, Coker, and Petz who ran 4:16.5 to finish fourth.

The Lady Hornets picked up a cluster of points in the 3200 meter run. Bates’ 12:53 was good for third with Katherine Thompson sixth in 13:25 and Lola Fleming eighth in 14:06.

Hairston was third in the 1600 (5:41) with Darland eighth (6:05) while Kayla Randolph (7th, 2:36.8) and Coker (8th, 2:37.1) adding points in the 800.

Petz contributed a fifth-place performance in the long jump (16-1) and joined Kelsey Caddy, Chadwick, and Tiffany Ward in the 4×100, to earn another fifth-place finish (53.1).

Kayla Davidson was sixth in the shot (31-10) and the discus (99-6). Jennifer Snow added an eighth-place finish in the discus (85-9). Morgan Crider’s 17.4 clocking the the 100 hurdles was good for sixth.

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