Bryant takes team championship

CABOT – Behind a 45-point performance from junior Alexis Royal and 23 points from sophomore Leah Ward, the Bryant Lady Hornets took the team championship at the Walmart Invitational track meet Tuesday night in Cabot.  Bryant scored 155 points with Cabot taking runner-up with 107 points.  Conway was third with 105 points.  There were 11 teams at the meet.

“I thought Alexis and Leah had outstanding performances tonight,” Bryant Coach Danny Westbrook said. “They give us an awesome one-two punch in the jumps.  This is the second consectutive time this season that Alexis has won the high point award.”

Royal’s performance earned her the meet’s female outstanding athlete award.  She took first place in all six of the events she competed in. In the long jump, she jumped a personal best 17’6”.  In the triple jump she leaped 37’3”.  She won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.6 and also won the 300-meter hurdles in 47.6.  Royal was also a member of both sprint relay teams that finished first.  In all four of her individual events, she surpassed the automatic qualifier mark for the 7A State Championship meet to be held May 3.

Ward took second to Royal in both the long jump (16’7”) and the triple jump (33’10”).  She also took third in the 100-meter dash (12.9).  She was also a member of both sprint relays that took 1st place.

Sophomore Melinda Murdock added 17 points with her third place finish in both the 100-meter hurdles (17.0) and the 300-meter hurdles (48.7).  She was also on the 3200-meter relay and the 1600-meter relay.

Junior Hannah Raney scored 13 points with her third-place performance in the 3200-meter run and a fourth place in the 1600-meter run.

Senior Lauren Magneson added 10 points by taking first place in the high jump with jump of 5’1”.

Randie Owens took second in the 400m dash with a time of 67.0, and Sam Macchi took third in the 800m run with a time of 2:38.70 with Stacy Emmerling taking fourth at 2:40.60. Emmerling also took fourth in the 1600m run with a time of 5:51.40.

In the 4 x 100m relay, Sarah Evans, Ward, Gabrielle Allen and Royal took first with a time of 50.1, Emmerling, Royal, Ward and Murdock took first in the 4 x 400m relay at 4:21.8, and Raney, Murdock, Emmerling and Anna Smedley took second in the 4 x 800m relay.

Mekaylah Muhammad placed eighth in the 100m dash at 13.5 and Allen was sixth in the 200m dash with a time of 28.0.

“I thought we got an outstanding team effort tonight,” Westbrook said. “Even though we had a few individuals that scored a lot of points, almost everybody on the team scored and got a ribbon.  Alexis qualified in four events for the state meet and our 4 x 100-meter relay team also qualified.  That always bodes well for the end of the season.”