TEXARKANA — Ty’Chianna Murray of Pine Bluff had a busy day at the 6A-South District Meet, and it was very productive.
Murray helped two relay teams to victory, won two more individual events and placed third in another Thursday to lead the Fillies to a third-place team finish. Texarkana won the girls title with 181.5 points, followed by Lake Hamilton with 169 and Pine Bluff with 127.5.
El Dorado (77) and Sheridan (38) rounded out the top five.
In boys action, Deandre Gridley took a step toward defending his 300-meter hurdles state championship and won the district title in that event, helping Pine Bluff finish fourth as a team. Kyran Simmons of Pine Bluff also won the 400-meter dash.
The day belonged to Murray on the girls’ side. She won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.93 seconds, edging Sheridan’s Kelly Chandler by .07, took the 200 meters in 26.30 seconds, ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay team (50.31) and did the same on the victorious 4x400 relay squad (4:13.83). She came in third in the triple jump (15 feet, 8 inches).
The 4x100 team, which also includes Jessica Bowers, Endya Allen and Khalia Everett, is defending its state championship as well.
Allen also had a strong day for the Fillies, winning the 100 meters in 12.86 seconds, and finishing second to Murray in the 200 at 26.82.
Maryma Stewart gave Pine Bluff another win in the triple jump, her 34-foot, 9-inch try topping Keondra Flemons of Texarkana by 6 inches.
For Sheridan, Chandler also came in second in the 300 hurdles with a time 51.08, and Sarah Micheal took second in the pole vault with a 9-0 height.
Gridley won a close 300 hurdles race, beating Texarkana’s Kylar Nowlin to the finish line by .06 second. Gridley’s time was 41.84 seconds.
He also was second in the 110 hurdles, clocking in at 15.54.
Simmons won his 400 in 50.21, more than a half-second ahead of Texarkana’s Providence George. Jamison Murry placed third in the discus (133-11) for the Zebras.
Sheridan finished eighth in boys team standings with six points.
The top six in each event qualify for next week’s 6A state meet at Russellville.