On Thursday, the Pine Bluff Zebras and Fillies hosted the 6A-South track and field meet on a gorgeous day at Alexander Field, its first district meet at home in years.
“We love it,” Pine Bluff boys head coach Laydell Jordan said of being chosen to host the meet. “We are glad to be able to host it. We were supposed to host it several years ago, but we didn’t have the track. Since we got the facilities together, we were able to host finally. The city has been looking forward to this.”
While hosting the meet was an accomplishment, Pine Bluff also did its best to protect its home field. Unfortunately for them, the Zebras had to go through the juggernaut Texarkana Razorbacks who collected their 17th consecutive conference win with 248 points. Pine Bluff finished second with 97 points.
“I think my team did overall pretty good,” Jordan said. “We’ve been having problems with Texarkana all year and we have had problems with El Dorado when you’re talking about overall points. We knew when we got in the conference that we had some teams to cut up some of the (field events) points that we haven’t been getting.
“We knew with those points being cut, we had a chance at second place. The kids stepped up and we made it.”
Among the events, Jordan said he had some individuals qualify for state in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes while his team qualified in the 4x100 meter relay and 4x400 meter relay.
Pine Bluff won the 4x400 with a time of 3:26.14. The team included Tyler Bell, Tyran Simmons, Scott Rodterion, and Kyran Simmons. Kyran Simmons also won the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.03.
Along with the Zebras, the Fillies finished fifth overall with a total of 54.5 points. Freshman Rebekah Hamilton won both the 100 and 200 with respective times of 12.85 and 26.83 seconds.
The Sheridan Yellowjackets also had a nice showing overall as the boys team finished seventh with 30 points and the girls fourth with 65.5 points.
Sheridan’s Tyler Wallace won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 5 inches. Sarah Michael won the women’s pole vault with a vault of 11 feet and Chandler Kelly won the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a new school record of 15.24.
With the final regular season meet out of the way, the Zebras now turn their attention to the state finals held next week in Russellville. Jordan said his team will be ready to compete and is looking forward to challenging for a top spot.
“We are going to work hard this week,” he said. “We are going to work as hard as we can because we feel like we get quality points off of the field with at least our track team. If we can get some of these miles and two-miles and 800s a cut, we have chance at really giving Texarkana a run.
“We’re looking forward to it.”