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Bentonville Overtakes Fayetteville With 6A Title Sweep

By Doug Binder, DyeStat Editor

The Bentonville girls won nine events, including all four relay finals, on the way to a 235-point total at the Arkansas track and field championships. And the boys also won, with 165 points, as the Tigers unseated Fayetteville, which swept the 2022 titles.

Fayetteville was second in the boys and girls team standings this time.

Senior Emelia Thurston placed second in the long jump and triple jump, was third in the 100 meters and seventh in the 200, and was part of Bentonville’s victories in the 4×100 (48,34) and 4×200 (1:43.20). Teammate Madison Galindo won the 1,600, the 3,200, placed third in the 800, and was on the winning 4×800 relay team. Allison Fernstrom won the 400 and was on the winning 4×400 and 4×800 relays. 

The Bentonville boys just missed the all-time state record in the 4×800 with 7:52.26. Christian Farrow was second in the triple jump, fourth in the long jump and seventh in the high jump. 

Raghan Allen of Conway won the 6A girls titles in the 100 meters in 11.92 and the 200 in 24.76w. 

Hudson Betts of Fayetteville won the boys 1,600 (4:16.64) and the 3,200 (9:21.34) and was part of two scoring relays. 

In Class 5A, DeAndra Burns Jr of El Dorado ran a state-leading 48.17 seconds to win the 400 meters final and he jumped 23-2.50 to win the long jump. He anchored the winning 4×200 relay and was also second in both the 100 and 200 meters. 

Russellville, though, won the 5A boys title on the strength of River Hardman’s state-leading 800 (1:52.69) and his his second-place finish in the 1,600 meters. Kercher Herring won the pole vault (15-2) and placed third in both hurdles events.  

Sophomore Zyron Brock helped El Dorado win the 5A girls championship. She won 400 meters in 58.11 seconds, placed second in the 200 meters and third in the 100. In field events, she won the long jump (18-4.50), was second in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump. 

Garrion Curry won the 100 meters (11.03) and the 100 hurdles (14.54) to help Magnolia win the Class 4A boys title. 

Warren won the girls title, with Aria Hunt, who was second in the 100 and 400, and Azul Garcia, who was second in the 800 and third in the 1,600, doing much of the damage. Warren also won the 4×200. 

Anna Woolsey from Ozark raced to a sprint triple, winning the 4A 100 (12.07), 200 (25.10) and 400 (56.88). She also won the pole vault and was third in the 100-meter hurdles…

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