Monticello wins close 8-4A boys battle


MONTICELLO — Only 10 points separated the top two teams in the boys team standings of the 8-4A District track and field meet at Monticello High School.

But it was Monticello that came out on top Thursday to win the championship in its first year in the district. Monticello had 142 points, 10 ahead of runner-up Lake Village, while Crossett took third with 127.

The girls race was more decisive, as Crossett won with 266 points. Monticello was a distant second with 87, followed by Warren with 64.

Monticello scored well in sprints, distances and field events. Distance specialists Jacob Chisom, Don White and Scott Allen racked up plenty of points by finishing in the top five in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Chisom, White and Allen, in that order, were second, fourth and fifth in the 1,600, and took the second through fourth places in the 3,200, while DeWitt’s Cody Fox won both races.

Also for the Billies, P.J. Binns won the 110-meter hurdles (15.28 seconds), Derrance Smith won the 400 meters (51.55), Julian Jackson pole vaulted 11 feet even for the win, and Imani Riley threw 121 feet, 10 inches, for the discus title. The Billies’ 4x800-meter relay team also won with a time of 9 minutes, 11.47 seconds.

Lavonta Gardner of Star City won the triple jump (42 feet, 9.5 inches), took second in the high jump (6-0) and was third in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. His teammate, Darian Washington, won the shot put with a 45-2 toss.

D’Angelo Livingston of Dumas turned in a time of 2:21.82 to win the 800 meters.

On the girls side, Monticello’s Sarah Claycomb swept the distance events. The 4A state cross country champion won the 800 in 2:47.16, 1,600 in 5:28.66 and 3,200 in 11:54.53.

Claycomb seeks to add to her championship collection in at least one of the events when she competes in the May 2 4A state meet at Heber Springs. She was second in the 3,200 meters last year, coming within 25 yards of Batesville’s Logan Bishop.

The Lady Billies also won the 4x800 relay in 11:15.07, and teammate Rebecca Chisom took second in the pole vault at 8 feet even.

WC’s Balentine wins 5A-South 400

WHITE HALL — Neither of the Jefferson County teams fared as well in boys or girls team standings of the 5A-South District Meet on Thursday, but one Watson Chapel athlete came away a winner.

Josh Balentine won the boys 400-meter dash in 50.18 seconds to lead the seventh-place Wildcats. He also took third in the 200 and fourth in the 100 to make up most of the team’s scoring.

White Hall, which was sixth with 27 points, was led by Thomas Johnson’s second-place finish in the 3,200 (10:26.85).

Magnolia won the boys team title with 197 points, followed by Camden Fairview with 171 and De Queen with 120.

In girls action, White Hall scored two second-place finishes: Hailey Wilkins in the 100 (12.87 seconds) and Peyton Arnold in the shot put (33-5.5).