FAYETTEVILLE — At the Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas on Saturday, Feb. 6, the Bryant Lady Hornets kicked off their 2010 track season with a fourth-place team finish. The Arkansas Track Coaches Association Invitational featured 25 teams.
Defending state champion Bentonville took the girls’ team title with 104 points. Fayetteville was runner-up with 64 points, followed by Rogers with 63 and Bryant with 60. Cabot rounded out the top five with 44 points.[more]
The Lady Hornets’ meet was highlighted by two event championships and three runner-up performances.
Senior Morgan Seelinger took the 60-meter hurdles title with time of 9.48, lowering her personal best time that she had set at the University of Arkansas Invitational in early January. Seelinger also scored in the triple jump, finishing seventh with a jump of 32’0”.
Bryant’s other winner was senior Jordan Chadwick who powered away from the field in the 400-meter dash to win with a time of 1:02.2. Chadwick also contributed a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.86.
Along with Seelinger and Chadwick, seniors Kayla Davidson and Andrea Savage contributed heavily to Bryant’s point total. Davidson took second in the shot with a throw of 32’2”. Savage finished runner-up in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.7 and also finished eight in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 10.49.
The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Seelinger, Savage, Chadwick, and Kiana Thomas took second place with a time of 4:22.0.
Bryant’s 4 x 800 meter relay team consisting of Kayla Randolph, Stacy Emmerling, Lauren Rogers, and Samantha Cyz took third place with a time of 10:36.
Freshman Hannah Raney contributed an eighth-place finish in the 3200-meter run with a time of 12:17.
“I was very pleased with the effort of our team today,” said Lady Hornets coach Danny Westbrook. “This was a huge meet and we had some very strong performances. We had a lot of young athletes that competed for the first time and even the girls that did not score ran well and competed hard.
“Our state indoor meet is in two weeks and I am very encouraged that we can do very well and possibly come home with several event state champions and all-state athletes,” he added.