GCT girls win Jr. Arnold Relays

By Mike McKinney sports@paragoulddailypress.com

Greene County Tech topped 24 other girls’ teams in capturing first place in the Junior Arnold Relays on Tuesday at Rams Stadium.

More than 800 athletes participated in the annual junior high track and field meet. The Junior Lady Eagles amassed 107 points in their victory. Nettleton was second with 83 and Rivercrest had 80. Marmaduke scored nine points to earn 12th place, and the host Rams totaled four points.

Valley View won the 25-team boys’ division with 66 points. Pocahontas was next with 59, Rivercrest got 49.5, MacArthur had 45 and Crowley’s Ridge Academy totaled 38, good for fifth place. GCT scored 14 points while Paragould finished with a team total of 6.5 points.


Freshmen Madison Richey and Josie Fletcher paced GCT’s win, with Richey taking first place in the long jump (15-6 feet) and second in the triple jump (31-5). Fletcher placed first in the discus (95-6) and sixth in the shot put (31-8.5).

Tech’s other first place came in the 3200-meter relay. Allison Baugh, Alicia Carr, Whitney Maxwell and Blair Metheny combined for a winning time of 11:42.

ADVERTISEMENT Tech placed second in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:50. The Eagles’ relay members included Adrian Nelson, Carr, Allyssa Beasley and Ashley Hogan.

Also for GCT, Metheny came in second in the 800 run in 2:46 and seventh in the triple jump (28-3); Courtney Cates was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (19.45); Beasley took second in the 300-meter hurdles (53.96) and eighth in the 100 (19.53); Nelson was second and Carr fourth in the 1600 run; Nelson placed fifth in the high jump (4-6); Richey tied for sixth in the high jump (4-4); and Carr placed fourth in the pole vault (7-0).

For Marmaduke, Jodi Davis placed fifth in the pole vault event by clearing 6-feet, and the team of Davis, Bopp, Price and Richey combined for fourth place in the 3200-meter relay.

For Paragould, Korie Bryant claimed sixth place in the discus throw (75-10.5) and Karlee Midgett placed eighth in the 300-meter hurdles in 58.82 seconds.


Evan Marshall helped CRA placed first in two events Tuesday. Marshall won the 800-meter run in 2:20 and ran the anchor leg in the Falcons’ come-from-behind win in the 3200-meter relay (9:39). Marshall’s relay teammates were Scott Cravens, Levi Wallis and Grant Malone.

Wallis also took second place in the 1600 run with a time of 5:20. GCT’s Tanner Hollister placed fourth in the event in 5:27 while Paragould’s Drake Arnold was eighth in 5:43.

Malone also placed third in the 800-meter run in 2:25.55. Hollister was eighth.

In the pole vault, GCT’s Chris Dixon placed sixth (9-0).

Will Toler of CRA took seventh in the shot put (40-7) and sixth in the discus throw (112-8).

Paragould’s B.J. Martin claimed fifth place in the 110-meter hurdles with a 19.14 clocking and Blake Bales tied for sixth place in the high jump (5-2).

The Tech team of Lane Earls, Hollister, Tapia and Gunner Faulkner placed fourth in the 3200-meter relay.

The Senior Arnold Relays are scheduled for April 14 at PHS.