Claycomb repeats in 3,200

HEBER SPRINGS — Monticello junior Sarah Claycomb successfully defended her 4A state championship in the 3,200 meters Thursday.

Claycomb ran 12 minutes, 25.52 seconds for her third career track and field title. She was nearly 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Caroline Sweet of Maumelle.

But Claycomb, who is also the two-time defending 4A cross-country champion, came up short in her defense of the 1,600-meter title. Her 5:37.26 time was almost nine seconds behind Mary Simmons of Heber Springs.

Claycomb did not place in the 800, which she won in the 8-4A District meet along with the 1,600 and 3,200.

She helped Monticello finish 10th in team standings with 28 points. Crossett won the title with 131 points, followed by Maumelle with 74, Ashdown with 65.5 and Pulaski Robinson with 44.

Also for Monticello, SedreAunna Griddine was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.29 seconds), Dontazsha Brown was fifth in the 100 meters (13.21), and the 4x800 relay team was eighth (11:32.33).

— Commercial staff