Going into the Class A state track meet with the best times in the 100 and 200 meters, Academics Plus senior Rhianna Mooney ran into some horrible weather conditions. Rain and a cold wind were part of the meet, and Mooney finished third in the 100 and sixth in the 200 meters.
She also qualified for the high jump. During that event, it was raining extremely hard. Not wanting to, she did participate but didn’t qualify. The boys 4x100 relay team of Austin Griffin, Chabala Musonda, Chris Fields and Logan Bowen also ran into some misfortune. The exchange on the third leg didn’t happen cleanly, and the relay team was disqualified.
“Rhianna ran the slowest time in the 200 that she had run all year,” Academics Plus Coach John Harrison said. “The last two years the conditions have been awful. The boys were so disappointed they were disqualified. If Logan could have gotten the baton, he would have covered a lot of ground. He may have been the fastest kid on the track.”
With a group of junior high kids who won the district meet, Harrison is hoping for good things next season. If the Falcons can qualify several participants, they could have a shot at a state title.
Soccer finishes season
The Falcon co-ed soccer team finished the regular season with 6-0 losses to Conway St. Joseph and Crowley’s Ridge. While having a co-ed team allowed Academics Plus to field a team, Harrison is not sure he would want that to happen again.
“I don’t think it is fair for the females,” he said. “They can’t match up with the speed and physicality. But without them, we wouldn’t have made an entire team.”
He did notice the attitudes of the girls and how hard they worked particularly Mary Katherine Harris. Harris believes she will be a good player.
If faced with the situation again, Harrison is not sure what would happen. This was the sixth year for the soccer program. With other spring programs beginning, the Falcons are sharing athletes. He is hoping for a bigger turnout for both the boys and girls next year.
“The last thing we want to do is drop a program,” Harrison said. “We are spreading ourselves so thin that it is hard to be good at everything.”