Neecko Davis won two events Monday to help El Dorado to a third-place finish in the boys division of the Doc Walker Relays in Texarkana. The Lady Wildcats, led by Breya Clark, scored 59 points to place fourth.
Magnolia won the boys title with 168.5 followed by Texarkana (138), El Dorado (130.5), Genoa Central (69), Hope (45) and Prescott (42).
Davis brought home first place performances in the 400 with a time of 50.98 and the high jump, clearing 6-6.
“He will likely clear 6-8 by the state meet,” said El Dorado boys coach Mike Sprawls. “He’s undefeated in the 400 this season. Neecko is a big-time talent and a future college prospect.”
The Wildcats also picked up 34 points in the two distance races, including 24 in the 3,200 with a first, second and third place finish by Hayden McDiarmid, Hudson McDiarmid and Eloy Rodriguez, respectively. Hayden McDiarmid posted a winning time of 12:04.72.
Hudson McDiarmid and Austin Hutchens finished third and fifth, respectively in the 1,600. Jaland Upshaw was fourth in the 800.
Devunte Kidd finished second in the long jump and fourth in the 100. Chris Newton was fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the high jump. Wanya Archie was fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot. Alex Boone was fourth in the shot. Gavin Heustis was fifth in the discus. Shun Levingston was third in the 110 hurdles. Davonte Yarbrough was sixth in the 400. Caleb Scott was sixth in the long jump.
“Kidd had a great meet. He is already qualified in three state events,” said Sprawls. “Shun Levingston is getting better every week. He is the leader of our track team. I was really pleased with our jumpers and relay teams. Our distance kids performed really well. Hayden and Hudson McDiarmid had a great night.”
In the girls, Clark won the high jump with a clearance of 5-7 and the long jump with a leap of 17-09. The senior was second in the 100 hurdles.
“Breya has an outstanding day in the long jump and the high jump. She beat her previous personal record in the long jump by two inches. And that jump brought her within three inches of the longest jump in the state this season,” said El Dorado girls track coach John Koonce. “She tied her previous best in the high jump and nearly set a new personal record at 5-8 but she just barely grazed the bar to keep that from happening. The 5-7 jump is the best jump in the state this year. Her 100 hurdle performance wasn’t what she wanted. She didn’t get out well and just never got into rhythm. She will bounce back though.”
LaDiamond Maker was fifth in the 200, seventh in the long jump and eighth in the 100. Gabrielle Cook was fifth in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump. Andrell Brown was fifth in the 800. Tajah Edmondson was seventh in the triple jump.
Anastasia Brock teamed with Clark, Cook and Maker to finish second in the 4x100 relay.
“Gabby Cook had a good day. She set a new long jump PR by over a foot and she turned in a solid triple jump performance in her first time competing in the event,” said Koonce. “The 4x100 team automatically qualified for state for the first time this season by going under 51 seconds.
“As a team we purposely left about 30-40 points on the track just by cutting back on some of our top athletes entries. As we are winding down the season we want to make sure that we are healthy when conference hits in two-and-a-half weeks. I told the girls that we would do this as the season went along just because our team numbers are low. If we load each kid up with six entries every meet, then we would have a lot of sub par performances at the end of the year. We also use this as an opportunity to let some of the younger athletes see what they can do in events that are usually booked up by our more veteran runners.”
Texarkana won the girls title with 199.5 followed by Magnolia (125), Ashdown (85.5), El Dorado (59) and Genoa (53.5).