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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #100 on: May 19, 2019, 03:06:03 pm »
I threw the Russellville high jumper in, but was glad to see so many over 6í6Ē this year.  HJ has been down for awhile now.  Was nice to see a slight return for this year.

6í10 as a junior is pretty salty. 15 kids over 6í5 with 9 returning. As long as your taking up advocating a Time clock be Mandatory at a State Meet and MOC, IMO moving the State Meet to a two day event with all classifications participating on opposite days similar to TX and CO would be a great meet for fans to watch. Alternate sites between U Of A, ASU and UCA & move the MOC back to the middle of week WED/THURSDAY vs Saturday at 5:30pm. 

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #101 on: May 19, 2019, 04:15:10 pm »
Weíve discussed state meets changes including your suggestion along with like Kansas.  Has failed to come to fruition for five years.  Universities have been a no go so far with possible exception of UCA.  Having enough field event venues specifically vault has been a holdup. At least, thatís what was said at meetings, and I believe it.  Taking UofA or Astate facilities for days when preparing for Conference meets is unlikely.  MOC is like All Star games:  must evolve to keep it going whether folks agree on changes or not. 

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #102 on: May 19, 2019, 10:34:37 pm »
Weíve discussed state meets changes including your suggestion along with like Kansas.  Has failed to come to fruition for five years.  Universities have been a no go so far with possible exception of UCA.  Having enough field event venues specifically vault has been a holdup. At least, thatís what was said at meetings, and I believe it.  Taking UofA or Astate facilities for days when preparing for Conference meets is unlikely.  MOC is like All Star games:  must evolve to keep it going whether folks agree on changes or not.

If itís a facilities concern both Harding university & Hendrix University are finished with conference championships by end of April according to their schedules. Both are centrally located with a nod going to Hendrix being in Conway and availability for hotels. A MOC Champs could be held at either facility as well. Just throwing out ideas.

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #103 on: May 20, 2019, 08:56:51 am »
If itís a facilities concern both Harding university & Hendrix University are finished with conference championships by end of April according to their schedules. Both are centrally located with a nod going to Hendrix being in Conway and availability for hotels. A MOC Champs could be held at either facility as well. Just throwing out ideas.

It's a good point Track Junkie - but remember there has to be some willingness on the part of Hendrix and/or Harding to host as well. 
In the past, I know we used Hendrix for conference championships but that has been a few years back.
One would think a college / university with a track program would want to host the MOC for recruiting purposes. 

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« Reply #104 on: May 20, 2019, 10:16:55 am »
AAA uses a bidding process, so LH, Cabot, and those schools typically will get it every year.   I was surprised LH didn't have the electronic timer up and running. They do every time they host state cross country.  If a school wanted it at a university, they would have to win the bid with the approval of that university in advance. 

As far as combined state meets, any venue must possess enough pits and throwing areas to have those events going on simultaneously.  Example:   Class 5A boys vault going on while 6A girls vault is going on.   When other state meets were visited, they had multiple pits, rings, etc. for each event.  Not sure if those universities have two vaulting areas, two long jump pits and two triple jump pits, two shot and two discus areas.   To put all state meets in one location would require it.  Or so it has been said at the meetings.   

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #105 on: June 05, 2019, 01:39:39 pm »
Name   School   Class   Mark   Date/Year   Location
1   Aadrian Williams   Arkadelphia      10.22   04/16/99   Wolf Classic, Lake Hamilton
2   Torrium Cobb   Magnolia   5A-SW   10.27   03/28/08   Doc Walker Hog Relays, Texarkana
3   Fred Rose   Texarkana   6A-S   10.29   05/23/07   Meet of Champs, Cabot High School
4   Melvin Lewis   Little Rock Central      10.30   05/21/86   Meet of Champs, Hot Springs
5   Charles Blakley   Searcy      10.30   06/89   Keebler Invitational, Chicago
6   Anthony Hampton   West Memphis      10.30   04/22/89   FCA Relays, West Memphis
7   Basil Shabazz   Pine Bluff      10.30   04/07/90   Hog Relays, Texarkana
8   Brannon Kidd   Crossett   4A   10.32   04/27/03   Arkansas Democrat-

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #106 on: June 05, 2019, 02:44:20 pm »
Welcome aboard. 

Good stuff there.  Look like hand held rather than FAT. 
Cite your sources. 

But all of those could truly fly!!!   

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #107 on: July 22, 2019, 02:49:16 pm »
Karl Koonce named National Coach of the Year!!!!

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #108 on: July 31, 2019, 03:55:30 pm »
Karl Koonce named National Coach of the Year!!!!

Congrats to him! Def a legend!  I have a question though..how is that voted on? I went to look up his team. His girls team finished 9th overall in their classification.

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« Reply #109 on: July 31, 2019, 04:04:14 pm »
I assume that it is based upon his legendary career coming to an end and they recognized the need to acknowledge it before he was gone.  I read that he retired.

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #110 on: August 10, 2019, 05:42:27 pm »
Agree with Panther2211. Congrats to Koonce on a great career. IMO the Sylvan hills girls coach should have received a nod as well as the Bentonville girls Coaches too.

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« Reply #111 on: August 10, 2019, 08:13:20 pm »
Their nods were in that they were Arkansas coaches of the year in their respective classifications and nominated for overall coach of the year. 

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #112 on: September 07, 2019, 07:26:17 pm »
We opened cross country season at Ft. Smith today.  We had three medalists with my bests being a sophomore and two freshmen. 

Like on the 2A football page, Iím going to do a Rattler legend each meet. If anyone feels like it, they can match it with legends from their respective schools. 

Week 1:  Iíll start with Robert Reed.  Robert was our first true distance runner back in the 90s.  It was his progression and success that paved the way for all the legends afterward.  On the girlsí side is a track athlete who ran cross country at Magazine:  Brittney Bryan. Nice career winning 5 cross country invitational individual titles at meets, 6 District Championships, 6 All Conference nods, and was part of a two year run where the team won 11 meets and finished top 5 at state.  Was 6-time District Champions in Track, 3-time All State, individual and team State Champion.  Made the UCA track and cross country teams after high school.   

Next meet is at Caddo Hills. 
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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #113 on: September 14, 2019, 06:22:10 pm »
Great meet at Caddo Hills.  Rattler sophomore ran low 17s. Freshman 2nd in junior high race. 

Week 2 Rattler legend is Churxa Yang.  Chur as we called him was a 2-sport all state runner. He was all conference. River Valley All Star.  District Champions.  Helped Rattlers to state runners up twice and 3rd place at state twice.  Rattler legend Churxa Yang!   

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #114 on: September 26, 2019, 02:58:33 pm »
My kids had average at best day at Clarksville.  More later. 

Next up on the legends list:  Levi Wright and Logan Lyle.  Levi was the 2A-4 Individual District Champion plus led his teams to 3 District titles in cross country, 4 in Track, and topped it off with an Indoor State Championship for the 2A Rattlers!!!  Logan Lyle was part of an undefeated junior high track team and state runner-up individual at cross country. 

Rattler Pride!!

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #115 on: September 26, 2019, 10:05:26 pm »
You going to be up at the Chile Pepper rattler? Just a little over a week until that time.

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« Reply #116 on: September 29, 2019, 02:53:56 pm »
Wonít be able to make it up this year.  Iíve got some great memories from there.  Would love to see our #3 ranked Lady Razorbacks with Taylor Werner run. 

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« Reply #117 on: October 02, 2019, 04:36:03 pm »
I know this is the high school thread... But I imagine you all are seeing the team USA in Doha absolutely tear it up at the World Championships?

Brazier in the 800m was phenomenal. He ran that nearly to perfection going 50 then 52 for his 1:42 American record in that event. This team USA is so deep in the mens and womens right now. Good sign for the Olympics in a little over 10 months

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« Reply #118 on: October 02, 2019, 07:57:49 pm »
Yep.  Iím loving it.  And that 800m was incredible!

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« Reply #119 on: October 07, 2019, 08:58:08 am »
Mens 4x100m was smoking!   

On a separate note, how about Taylor Werner, Katie Izzo, and the Lady Razorbacks cross country team?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #120 on: October 07, 2019, 04:43:05 pm »
Mens 4x100m was smoking!   

On a separate note, how about Taylor Werner, Katie Izzo, and the Lady Razorbacks cross country team?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I believe they sat out Lauren Gregory too with nothing major but a minor injury so they are just loaded... More of a being cautious thing before the meets that really matter in late October and November but they say she will be fine. When they add her they may win at all. Anything less than 3rd or 4th at nationals would be a let down.

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« Reply #121 on: October 07, 2019, 05:34:51 pm »
Totally agree.   Harter has it going!

Werner is spectacular!!  Triple crown (although not in same season, but in same year!!!) would be quite a feat. 

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #122 on: October 08, 2019, 05:30:23 pm »
If they can win this CC, maybe they can find the replacement for points and win the season triple crown. But Janeek, Payton, Kiara, Weeks sisters...a lot to replace.

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #123 on: October 09, 2019, 07:43:30 am »
If they can win this CC, maybe they can find the replacement for points and win the season triple crown. But Janeek, Payton, Kiara, Weeks sisters...a lot to replace.

You said it!!  So much to replace while USC is growing.  Will be fun to see how it all plays out in each season.

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« Reply #124 on: October 09, 2019, 03:40:43 pm »
Thought I'd throw in some of my stories as well. Not because I have anything earth shattering, but something different.

I didn't join cross country/track at Alma until the second quarter of my sophomore year. Basically when cross country was wrapping up. I ran one meet, didn't do well, and ended up not going to state.

Just to set this up, I had been a basketball player only my whole life. There are a lot of reasons I quit, some of them childish as I was only a child at the time, but in all I was burnt out on the sport. Many of my friends who were in track said I had the ability to be a distance runner, so they talked me into joining track after quitting basketball.

This is how my cross country/track year starts:


Sophomore, 2007-2008

Conference Cross Country Meet - DNF (I overestimated my ability to be kind to myself)

State Cross Country Meet - DNS (Wasn't part of the top 10 who got to go)

First Indoor Track Meet - Can't make it because I have the flu

State Indoor Track Meet (yes there used to be two of these a year) - Throw up all over my living room floor and can't make the trip

Honestly, any other man than Coach McMurray might have gave up on me. I know he believed me when I was sick and he saw my hard work in practice. He gave me a chance.

We go to the first outdoor meet at Fort Smith Southside. I finally get to run. I am only anchoring the 4x800 meter relay team. I'm not sure his reasons for putting me on anchor that first meet to this day.

I had three amazing teammates. Colton Mason, Izaak Montoya, Alex Marciano. Colton and Alex are juniors at this time. Izaak and I are sophomores. We are running against mostly 7A schools and I get the baton in first.

I run briskly to say the least. I know Southside and Rogers are closing in on me. Rogers, who was as dominant as ever at this time, had a red headed young athlete who ran at Arkansas as a walk on. He flew past me the last 300. I felt terrible about letting down my team in the moment, but I kept after it. I ended up running a 2:16? 800. I was disappointed. My teammates had run 2:10 or under.

Turns out they weren't disappointed and neither was Coach Mac. They had been looking for a 4th leg on the 4x8 and I seemed to provide hope for them. I also staved off a pretty good runner in Southside.

I'll never forget the confidence that Coach Mac instilled in me (he had a knack for this, one of his best qualities as a coach) and how absolutely terrible I felt after my first hard ran 800. My legs were jello and I couldn't breathe correctly. I still love the 800 to this day, though.

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #125 on: October 09, 2019, 04:08:02 pm »
My favorite kind of story!!  Coach Mac was/is great. 

Yes.  800 can destroy you physically and mentally. Not for the faint of heart. 



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« Reply #126 on: October 09, 2019, 04:10:16 pm »
Donít know if itís been mentioned yet.  I just watched womenís mile relay from the world championships.  Sydney McLaughlin 48.8 split!!!!!!   Wow!

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #127 on: October 11, 2019, 08:30:26 am »
I love reading these track stories. Almatrackster was a big help to me at our time together at the 2A school. I wish I had you now coaching my distance runners at my 1A school. Anyway, the world championships was amazing to watch (I watched all 10 days). Can't wait for Indoor/Outdoor season.

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« Reply #128 on: October 11, 2019, 01:27:02 pm »
I got to watch some, but mostly have watched via YouTube after the fact.   Amazing is the word.   

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« Reply #129 on: October 18, 2019, 10:30:45 am »
I love reading these track stories. Almatrackster was a big help to me at our time together at the 2A school. I wish I had you now coaching my distance runners at my 1A school. Anyway, the world championships was amazing to watch (I watched all 10 days). Can't wait for Indoor/Outdoor season.

Thanks coach.

I'll share a story helping Coach at JC-Westside.

I'll save the sappy stuff for another time, but I am forever grateful for Coach Dunlap letting me help out with his established program when he didn't know me from Adam.

One of my favorite memories was our last state meet together. I guess that would be the 2017 state track meet. We knew we had a solid girls team going into the year, but we had a few obstacles come along during the season. Injuries, kids playing other sports, motivation factors, and just what any 2A school will deal with in track and field. RATTLER can tell you countless stories where you have a good team on paper, but a lot of things get in the way of them being good on the track and in the field.

We got to the state meet and I think Coach Dunlap and I had us projected for around 10th? Maybe 12th? We were being generous to ourselves, too.

I knew we were doing well in the field events, BUT I didn't know how well.

The Lady Rebels had about as good of a morning/early afternoon as we could ask for. I'm looking at the results:

Our stud sprinter had dealt with injuries and some other stuff that year. I think we may have had her making the final of one sprint and getting 8th. Lauryn ended up qualifying for the 100 and 200.

I know for a fact we didn't have our 4x100 making the finals, and they qualified, too. By the skin of their teeth.

Where the big shockers came were the field events. We had a few points projected here and there, but this is how it really ended up:

Emily gets 2nd in the high jump. This is all on Coach Dunlap. He is one of the best jumps coach I've ever been around. Lauryn finished 6th in it.

In the pole vault, Emily gets over the bar and gets 8th (getting over the bar was a struggle for us that year)

Lauryn finishes 3rd in the long jump. Another Bruce Dunlap special. Lauryn had not jumped even close to what she ended up jumping at state.

Lauryn and Emily go 3rd/4th in triple jump. This is where Coach Dunlap really shined. He was a triple jump master. I never saw someone take athletes you would never expect to triple jump and have them over 30 feet or beyond. I think he had a triple jumper place every year for many consecutive years.

Our shot put girl, Sadie, just blew our minds with her competitiveness and got 2nd in shot put. I don't think we had her scoring.

Unfortunatley, on my end, our 4x800 did not score. They finished 10th.

Yet, we were still in the lead coming out of the field events and we DID NOT expect that at all. We had passed our projected points by 20 and we hadn't ran yet.

Lauryn ended up finishing 7th and 5th in the 100/200. Which was fine with us, considering what she was battling that very day. She didn't place in the 300 hurdles. I think that was our only hangup of the day.

We don't place in the 800/1600, that's on me. We tried to give the athletes that qualified for state the best opportunity to score, but we just couldn't pull it off. It was starting to become clear that we weren't going to win the state title at this point, as Quitman was running away with it, but we knew we had an outside shot at runner up.

With the 3200 meter run coming up, we were down two to Foreman. We grabbed our 3200 meter runner and just asked her to compete. She ran her heart out and a PR to get a 7th place. One of my favorite moments in this short time helping with distance there. This meant we were tied with Foreman going into the final event and whoever finished ahead of the other team would be state runner up.

Foreman was projected to beat us by quite a bit. Actually, we ran in the slower heat, while Foreman would be in the faster heat.

Coach Dunlap and I pep talked to the girls and asked the seniors to give everything they had. That's all we could ask for. They did. I believe they ran something like a 15-20 second PR and finished first in their heat. We just had to time watch for Foreman. Around the 3rd or 4th leg, I could tell it would take something catastrophic for Foreman not to run faster than us, and sure enough they did.

They finished 4th, we finished 6th in the 4x400.

We finished 3rd place, 2 points behind state runner up. We scored 50 overall and I'm not joking when I say we had us projected for around 20, maybe less.

I think the girls realized that after all we had been through that year, that was a great result in the end. We didn't accomplish our girl to start off the year, but that is fine.

I can't ever thank Coach D enough for showing me so many lessons in coaching in general and coaching track and field.

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #130 on: October 18, 2019, 06:06:10 pm »
Big shout out to Bruce!!!    I may have shared this story on here, but, it is worth sharing again because it shows his true character.   My older daughter was a senior and my youngest a freshman.  Girls discus for the older and girls triple jump for the youngest.  At Ft. Smith Southside for State.   I am at discus with older while my youngest for some reason got off on her approach.  She and teammates are trying to get me to come over there but I am not going to miss my oldest's final throws of high school career.  Bruce (and David Peach from Union Christian) were over there at triple jump.  They work with my younger daughter and get her steps down.  She hits one and is standing in about 7th going into the finals. Bruce gives her  some advice which improves her marks but not her standing.  Then he helps again with it increasing her 5th jump  as well but still in 6th.  He gives her one more tip and she hits a big one jumping up to bronze medal as a freshman.  She was so excited and happy.  We visit about it and she always mentions thankful for Bruce being there for her.  Will always mean a lot to me too!      Just one of many examples I could give of his positive role modeling.

Bruce Dunlap:  great coach, great guy.   

(Side note:  older daughter won the gold and I got to see it!!!). 

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #131 on: October 22, 2019, 11:44:22 am »
Thanks Almatrackster and Rattler43 for the kind remarks but not necessary. I love seeing kids reach and go beyond their potential even if it's not my kids I'm coaching. I'd hope most coaches would do the same for my kids (I know you two would). Looking forward to our first ever Indoor meet with my kids and outdoor season as well.

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« Reply #132 on: October 22, 2019, 03:43:28 pm »
Not necessary, maybe, but needful, yes.  You are a great ambassador for the sport and an awesome coach to boot.   
Coach Dunlap story #2:   My younger daughter is now a senior in 2014. She narrowly missed team championships in 2011, 2012 (her torn hamstring was the only thing standing in our way of dominating the meet), and 2013. She is in the anchor leg position for our 4x800 relay.  She gets the baton 100m out of first and runs the girl down but with 200m remaining is running out of gas.  Bruce yells at Brittney, "Don't let her get away!" sending a boost of adrenaline with Brittney knowing his voice from all the help over the years.  She battles the pain of the 200m kick of the half mile against the #1 ranked Marmaduke anchor and takes the gold by about a foot running her then best split of 2:27. We won state by 1.5 points meaning that extra 2 points made the difference. Bruce, our entire team will always be thankful!!   She brings up your yelling at her being pivotal every time we reminisce about track days.

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« Reply #133 on: January 31, 2020, 12:57:45 pm »
Four weeks to Indoor State!!   

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #134 on: February 01, 2020, 02:40:34 pm »
Who are the top contenders (boys and girls) for 2020?

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #135 on: February 01, 2020, 06:07:21 pm »
In 2A, Iíll say Yellville girls and Magazine boys. 

Uncertain about other classifications. 

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #136 on: February 01, 2020, 08:37:17 pm »
5A boys Vilonia will dominate!!

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #137 on: February 04, 2020, 03:34:26 pm »
Who are the top teams they will dominate?

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #138 on: February 26, 2020, 05:38:54 pm »
Indoor State in two days...

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #139 on: February 26, 2020, 05:53:09 pm »
Indoor State in two days...

Such a great weekend... HS indoor and SEC Indoor Championships

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #140 on: February 26, 2020, 06:45:14 pm »
You know it!!   

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #141 on: February 27, 2020, 08:07:10 pm »
You know it!!

You fancy your chances at much as last year?

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #142 on: February 28, 2020, 09:50:06 am »
We are not as strong in the jumps with Witt and Gibson graduating.  We have almost all others back including Scott who was fantastic in all events and Hyatt who is a wonderful thrower from just shear hard work. We return our top hurdler.  Our 800m runners are stronger than last year.  We lost our top distance runner to graduation as well.   Our top returning distance runner is primed for a breakout season but is young.   I believe there will be a stonger field this year with Lafayette, Quitman, and such being there.  With all the variables, I believe we may be the favorite but not to dominate like last year.    Replacing a 43'11" triple jumper, 6'3" (outdoor) high jumper and 21'+ (outdoor) long jumper is tough. But we are excited at the opportunity.

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #143 on: February 28, 2020, 04:13:12 pm »
Ok good luck I won't be there but will be following the results as soon as they get posted

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #144 on: February 28, 2020, 07:32:41 pm »
Thank you.  Off to a good start.  Acorn looks good. Keith always does a great job. 

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #145 on: February 29, 2020, 01:43:02 pm »
Lafayette County beat us. State Runnerup for us.   

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #146 on: March 17, 2020, 02:51:45 pm »
With sports being shut down, we need some track stories.  AT, hurryup, Beach Bum???   

I had this great kid, Jason Bonner, back in the day.  He is a parent now. His 7th grader is up for her first meet a few weeks ago and she was so nervous she was sick.  It reminded me of Jason and a few Jason stories.   

Story 1:  Jason's freshmen year, we had a great team and were in team contention at state (ended up 3rd). The prior week, in the mile relay at district (the Class 2A runnerup was in our conference) we were pitted against Cotton Plant/Augusta who was loaded.  Our kids knew how good they were and had battled all day long.  The winner of the relay would be District Champions.  I replaced a Team A runner with my freshmen Jason Bonner.  My first leg ran out to a synchronized start with CP; our runner #2 also handed off about even, maybe a little behind but both had PR splits.  Bonner takes the baton and runs an unreal freshmen time to give us a 1.4-second lead. Handing off to our anchor, Roy Carey who had run sub 50 splits meant that unless catastrophe happened, we would win and win we did!  Bonner had run 4 seconds faster than our regular 3rd leg.  We go to state and are 11 points behind CP for state runner-up and 13 out of first so our team knows we cannot bring home hardware. To their credit, they asked me to let some of our other runners get some state experience and run the relay even knowing they were giving up probable gold medals and All-State accolades.  Great kids. 

Story #2:  Jason and our team are at Heber Springs for state.  We had 3 of the top 8 runners but there was a stud runner from another school.  Jason leads to the 600m mark when the stud runner makes a move and cuts Jason off pushing him off the track for a couple of steps. I am running from outside the fence at the 200m area to go file a formal protest when luckily I was watching as Jason kept his composure, ran the kid down, and passed him at the finish line to win by .02.   State Champion in the 800m was great; overcoming adversity was incredible; his attitude unbelievable.

Story #3:  We are at Dardanelle for state.  Jason was my 3rd leg in the 4x800m relay.  He gets the baton 100m+ behind Jessieville and Genoa Central 3rd legs. He ran them down and handed off even to our anchor.  Running down state level half-milers from that far behind is amazing for lack of a better word.  The Arkansas Dem-Gazetter writer interviewed Jason, who was laying down on the infield puking, telling Jason that in his 30+ years of covering track and field that he had never seen anything like it.

I have so many Jason Bonner stories, but three will have to suffice.  Give me some stories to pass the time during this trackless spring.  By the way, his daughter did fine.
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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #147 on: March 17, 2020, 05:40:44 pm »
With sports being shut down, we need some track stories.  AT, hurryup, Beach Bum???   

I had this great kid, Jason Bonner, back in the day.  He is a parent now. His 7th grader is up for her first meet a few weeks ago and she was so nervous she was sick.  It reminded me of Jason and a few Jason stories.   

Story 1:  Jason's freshmen year, we had a great team and were in team contention at state (ended up 3rd). The prior week, in the mile relay at district (the Class 2A runnerup was in our conference) we were pitted against Cotton Plant/Augusta who was loaded.  Our kids knew how good they were and had battled all day long.  The winner of the relay would be District Champions.  I replaced a Team A runner with my freshmen Jason Bonner.  My first leg ran out to a synchronized start with CP; our runner #2 also handed off about even, maybe a little behind but both had PR splits.  Bonner takes the baton and runs an unreal freshmen time to give us a 1.4-second lead. Handing off to our anchor, Roy Carey who had run sub 50 splits meant that unless catastrophe happened, we would win and win we did!  Bonner had run 4 seconds faster than our regular 3rd leg.  We go to state and are 11 points behind CP for state runner-up and 13 out of first so our team knows we cannot bring home hardware. To their credit, they asked me to let some of our other runners get some state experience and run the relay even knowing they were giving up probable gold medals and All-State accolades.  Great kids. 

Story #2:  Jason and our team are at Heber Springs for state.  We had 3 of the top 8 runners but there was a stud runner from another school.  Jason leads to the 600m mark when the stud runner makes a move and cuts Jason off pushing him off the track for a couple of steps. I am running from outside the fence at the 200m area to go file a formal protest when luckily I was watching as Jason kept his composure, ran the kid down, and passed him at the finish line to win by .02.   State Champion in the 800m was great; overcoming adversity was incredible; his attitude unbelievable.

Story #3:  We are at Dardanelle for state.  Jason was my 3rd leg in the 4x800m relay.  He gets the baton 100m+ behind Jessieville and Genoa Central 3rd legs. He ran them down and handed off even to our anchor.  Running down state level half-milers from that far behind is amazing for lack of a better word.  The Arkansas Dem-Gazetter writer interviewed Jason, who was laying down on the infield puking, telling Jason that in his 30+ years of covering track and field that he had never seen anything like it.

I have so many Jason Bonner stories, but three will have to suffice.  Give me some stories to pass the time during this trackless spring.  By the way, his daughter did fine.

Great stories. When did Bonner graduate?

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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #148 on: March 17, 2020, 08:30:52 pm »
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Re: 2019 Arkansas High School Track and Field
« Reply #149 on: March 18, 2020, 12:09:28 pm »
He was in that era of my coaching where I had great 4x800m relay teams that would possess one excellent half-miler,  two really good half-milers but one who would just be good to average.  We have such small numbers, and with us trying to win state championships, we would not be able to focus on an individual event.  Jason Bonner is an example of that where he would be asked to do long jump, 4x800m, 400m and/or 800m, possibly 4x100m, and then 4x400m.  Good at all but not allowed to reach full potential in any one event.  He ran a 2:03 individual 800m, split 2:01 in his best relay performance at state one year, low 51s in 400m split, etc.  Might have gone sub 2:00 if focused on 800m or sub 50 in 400m.   In those years, our relay PRs included:
8:32
8:39
8:41
8:46

We would have runners like:  2:00 (great quarter-miler), 2:06 (high jumper), 2:07, 2:18 (better distance runner than half-miler) one year; another year it would be like 2:03, 2:05, 2:11, 2:18,  and that would be our norm.  Finding that 4th good runner to make us be able to go 8:teens or low 8:20s escaped us. Finding a 4th in a small school can be really difficult.   But, each of those kids worked so hard to get to where they were and were driven to win district and state titles so they understood having to be in multiple events and maybe not hit their potential in one event.

There was one exception to the norm.  In 1998, we ran an 8:46 with no runner sub 2:10.  They each ran 2:10 to 2:12.   We could not overcome Acorn's anchor (Phelps) who was about 2:03.  We led them at invitational meets, at district, and at state until their anchor would run past my anchor to beat us every time.  It was a great rivalry back then. 
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