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MAUMELLE TRACK | Hornets set relay record

No longer is the 32-year-old record standing in the Class 4A girls’ 4x400-meter relay.

Last Tuesday in Heber Springs, the quartet of Akeia Joyner, Lakaia Massey, Kamilah Phillips, and Kayla Gamble broke the three decades record in a winning time of 4:06.01. The Lady Hornets also captured a state title in the 4x800 relay and were two seconds away from a state record, and Joyner also won the 800 meters. Maumelle finished runner-up behind Crossett in the team standings with 131 points while the Lady Hornets tallied 74.

“I didn’t know if we could break the state record,” Maumelle Coach Nicholas Taylor said. “The girls were so tired from other events and one girl got sick two days before. They fought through.”

The 4x800 relay is comprised of Joyner, Massey, Gamble and Caroline Sweet and finished in a time of 10:11.90. Joyner won the 800 meters and recorded a time of 2:26.36. Gamble was state runner-up in the 400 and finished with a time of 59.90 and also placed seventh in the 800. Sweet’s time of 12:39.38 in the 3,200 was also good for a state runner-up finish, and she was third in the 1,600.

Phillips also finished fourth in the 400 and seventh in the 100 and 200 while Massey was fifth in the 800. Najada Rochelle tallied points by finishing fourth in the pole vault and eighth in the 200.

The boys’ team had four state runner-up finishes and placed fifth in the team standings with 49 points. Pine Bluff Dollarway won the meet with 82 points and only 19 points separated second through fifth.

The Hornets had state runners-up in the 4x800 relay, Nick Ingram in the 400, Harrison Price in the 300 hurdles and Adam Hoy in the 3,200. The relay team comprised of Ingram, Hoy, Sean Adams and Darrius Thomas finished in a time of 8:33.38. Ingram ran the 400 in a time of 51.35, Price finished in 41.90 seconds, and Hoy completed the 3,200 in a time of 10:29.04.

Also placing for the Hornets were Ingram, seventh in the 200, DeKourhey King, fourth in the shot, Thomas, fourth in the 800, and Adams was sixth in the 3,200 and seventh in the 1,600.

“(In team standings) We finished where I expected us to,” Taylor said. “The focus has been getting the kids to do their best to win a state championship, and the girls are closer than the boys.”

The state titlists qualify for the Meet of Champs at Heber Springs on Saturday. Gamble in the 400 and the boys 4x800 relay will also compete.

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