The Pine Bluff boys track team finished in second place in the Andrew Butler Relays Monday night at home.
“We did well in spots,” Pine Bluff coach Laydell Jordan said. “Overall, we need a lot of work. We had to move up five ninth-graders and they did pretty well. We got to work harder, though.”
North Little Rock won the event with 157.5 points and Pine Bluff had 92.5. Camden Fairview finished in third with 82 points, Little Rock Central was fourth with 67.5 and Dollarway finished in fifth place with 57.
“We need to go back to drawing board and refocus on some areas,” Jordan said. “If seniors want to step up, than we deal with that, but if they don’t, then we will have to go with the younger boys.
“I think we should have done better.”
Deandre Gridley finished with 16 individual points.
Gridley finished second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.84 seconds. He lost to Jamie Smith of Camden Fairview, who finished with a time of 15.75. Smith is a recent Arkansas-Pine Bluff football signee.
Gridley also finished second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.78.
Pine Bluff’s Kyran Simmons finished in second place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.53. He lost to Little Rock Parkview’s Eric Nathaniel, who finished with a time of 50.38.
“Simmons did pretty well in the 400,” Jordan said. “He took second, but he was right on his heels the entire time.”
Simmons finished with 10.5 individual points. Dollarway’s Kabion Ento led all individuals with 19.
Dollarway finished second in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:30.63. The team consisted of Joshua Liddell, Tracy Smith Jr., Ento and Keshawn Williams.
Pine Bluff finished in fourth in the same event. The team consisted of Tyler Bell, Cameron Withers, Rakeem Leverett and Simmons.
“I don’t like to lose to Dollarway in any event because we have been so dominant over them throughout the years,” Jordan said.
In the long jump, Ento finished first with a distance of 20 feet, 6 inches. Sheridan’s Tyler Wallace finished third with a distance of 20 feet, 1.75 inches.
In the high jump, Ento finished fifth, reaching 5-10.
In the 200 dash, Pine Bluff’s Romar Reades finished third with a time of 23.95 and Joseph Harris finished fourth in 23.96.
The Pine Bluff girls finished in sixth place with 44.5 points. Diamon Dixson led the squad with 8.75 points. She finished third in the 800 with a time of 2:46.34.
Pine Bluff finished fourth in the 4x400 relay in 4:34.37. The team included Dixson, Ty’Chianna Murray, Maryma Stewart and Shakema Haynes.
“Overall, I’m not proud of the effort I have,” Jordan said. “We got to work on the overall effort.”
Crossett won the girls title with 137.83 points. Sheridan finished in 10th place with six, while the Sheridan boys finished last with 13.5.
Sheridan’s Christian Charles led the girls with six points. The boys were led by Wallace, who finished with 6.25 points.
For Monticello, the boys finished in sixth place with 39 points and the girls team finished seventh with 34.33 points.
For the boys team, Monticello was led by Jaquarius Davis with 11 points. For the girls, Monticello’s Sarah Claycomb finished tied for fifth with 20 points.
Claycomb won the 800 with a time of 2:36.54. She also won the 1,600 with a time of 6:09.73.