Jr. Hornets win conference

BENTON – The Bryant Jr. Hornets capped off a stellar track season with a conference championship Saturday at the Central Arkansas Junior High Conference Track Championships in Benton.  The Jr. Hornets led the way with a total of 148 points, followed by Lake Hamilton (108), North Little Rock (98), Cabot South (90), Conway White (68), Conway Blue (63), Cabot North (41), and Benton (8).  

“Obviously this has been an incredible year,” Bryant Coach John Orr said. “This group is very motivated to excel in each of their events. They are the hardest-working group I have ever coached and are really good kids also. They are just fun to be around.”

 kids also.   They are just fun to be around.Brenden Young led the way for the Jr. Hornets, earning the high award by earning victories in the 100-meter dash (11.69), the 110-meter hurdles (15.71), and the 300-meter hurdles (42.47), to go along with a third-place finish in the shot put (43’ 1”).  Young was also part of the 400-meter relay team with Mar’Kevius Nelson, Steven Murdock, and Clark Garland that placed second in a time of 46.31.

Mark Winn earned a double victory with wins in the 1600-meter run (4:48.97) and the 800-meter run (2:06.96).  Winn’s time in the 800 was a new conference meet record.  Winn also ran the anchor leg of the second place 4 x 400 meter relay with Garland, Nic Townsend, and Murdock.  They recorded a time of 3:46.4.      
Also scoring in the distance events were Connor Wilson in the 1600 (fifth in 4:56.48) and the 800 (fourth in 2:13.26), and Dru Wen in the 1600 (seventh in 5:07.3).  Also, the 4 x 800 meter relay team of Austin Masters, Jim Dellorto, Nick Schmidt, and Wilson earned a victory with a season best time of 9:00.47.

“Numerous  school records were broken and personal records were set many times throughout the year,” Orr said. “They just continued to work harder to improve each week.

This is a really special group of athletes.  If they stay together, they can do some incredible things for the track program as a whole.
“I cannot say enough about the efforts of Brad Stroud, Keith Dale and Steve Oury in working with these athletes in their individual events.  
Their work was instrumental in the marks that these athletes put up this year.” 

Other scorers for the Jr. Hornets included Garland in the 100 (seventh in 12.18) and 200 (third in 24.92); Nelson in the 100 (eighth in 12.31), the 200 (sixth in 25.25), the long jump (fourth in 18’ 4”), the triple jump (second in 38’ 9”), and the high jump (seventh in 5’ 6”); Murdock in the 400-meter dash (third in 54.60); Townsend in the 400-meter dash (eighth in 57.53); Dillon Daniels in the 110-meter hurdles (eighth in 18.2) and the 300-meter hurdles (seventh in 47.22); Dalton Davis in the 300-meter hurdles (sixth in 47.15), and the pole vault (fifth at 9’ 0”), Justin Combs in the pole vault (tie for second at 10’ 6”), and Connor Chapdelaine in the discus (fifth in 110’ 0”).