HARRISON — The future of girls track and field in Jefferson County is very bright, and White Hall’s Bradie Ryburn is one main reason why.
The freshman made noise Thursday by winning the high jump in the 5A state meet. Ryburn’s winning jump was 5 feet, 2 inches.
But she wasn’t the only freshman with a strong finish.
Zenesha Jefferson of Watson Chapel came in third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.92. Her classmate, Timesha Cole, was seventh in 13.51.
Jefferson also added a bronze medal in the 200 (26.51). White Hall junior Rickei Jackson was fifth (27.17).
White Hall, which finished eighth in team standings with 30.33 points, nearly ended up with two more victories. Jackson turned in a flat 61 seconds in the 400, just .28 behind Forrest City’s Nikirah McKinney.
And White Hall senior Paeyton Arnold came in second in the shot put with a 33-foot, 6.75-inch throw. She was more than 3 feet behind Shawanna Brockman of Morrilton.
Watson Chapel, which was 13th with 18 points, came in fifth in the 4x100 relay.
Kaseem Smith added to a good day for White Hall in the boys 400 meters. The Southern Arkansas football signee was second in that event with a time of 50.36 meters, while John Williams of Forrest City (49.72) claimed the gold.
Smith also was eighth in the 200 meters (23.26).
Vilonia wrapped up an emotional season with the boys team championship and second place in girls standings, 11 days after deadly tornadoes damaged the Faulkner County town. Vilonia had 104.5 points to lead the boys standings, followed by Forrest City and Camden Fairview (79 each), De Queen (66) and Magnolia (59).
Magnolia won the girls title with 97.5 points. Vilonia had 68, while Forrest City (55), Batesville (52) and Blytheville (49.33) rounded out the top five.