El Dorado’s girls track team chose to use Camden Fairview’s Cardinal Relays as sort of a tune-up for the upcoming conference and state meets on Thursday. The Lady Wildcats finished fifth with 55 points but introduced several freshmen to varsity competition.
“The girls team used this meet as an opportunity to see what some of our underclassmen could do,” said El Dorado coach John Koonce. “I reduced the role of our highest point scorers to see what freshmen would be able to produce for us in the upcoming conference meet. You get four spots for each event in conference and I wanted to see which kids could separate themselves and earn the open spots that we have.”
Senior Breya Clark participated in just one individual event, winning the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.89.
But, Koonce said freshmen Breyonna Steward, Jordan Smith, Shalayea Easter, Carshaila Rozier, Addy Taylor and Alexa Dewey stepped up and scored points and showed they were ready to compete at the varsity level.
“While I reduced the load of the upperclassmen this meet, there were still some major highlights from them as well,” Koonce said. “Tajah Edmondson turned in the best triple jump of her career. Talia Holmes turned in a very solid 400. LaDiamond Maker ran a good 200. Breya Clark won the 100 hurdles and the 4x100 team turned in a season best time. We walked away from the meet with just 55 points but I was pretty happy with that considering that we reduced the roles of our best athletes.
“Next Tuesday our top athletes will get an opportunity to compete in their best individual events to make sure that they are in top form for conference.”
Maker was third in the high jump and third in the 200. Dewey was fourth in the 3,200 and seventh in the 1,600. Addyson Taylor was fifth in the 3,200. Edmondson was sixth in the triple jump. Amyiah Williams was seventh in the shot. Holmes was seventh in the 400 and Andrell Brown was eighth in the 800.
Neecko Davis led El Dorado’s boys with first place finishes in the 400 (51.27) and high jump (6-9). Hayden McDiarmid was second in the 3,200. Caleb Scott was second in the triple jump, fifth in the long jump and fifth in the 300 hurdles. Alex Boone was second in the shot. Devunte Kidd was third in the long jump. Shun Levingston was third in the 110 hurdles and fourth in the 200. Eloy Rodriguez was fifth in the 3,200. Chris Newton was sixth in the 110 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles. Wanya Archie was sixth in the discus.
Other area athletes at the meet included Parkers Chapel’s Treyvon Jamerson, who was fourth in the 400 and fifth in the 200. Korbin McAuliffe was fourth in the 3,200 and Michael Brotherton was sixth in the 3,200.
Smackover’s Rhett Gatewood was fourth in the pole vault. Jaqueze Modica was seventh in the high jump. Dexter Crockett was eighth in the 100 and eighth in the 200.
Strong’s Davonte Henry was fourth in the discus and sixth in the shot.
In area girls, Parkers Chapel’s Jana Avery was second in the 3,200. Ali Looney was second in the 800. Macie Wood was sixth in the 1,600. T.K. Burson was sixth in the shot.
Smackover’s Paige Goodwin was sixth in the pole vault and Strong’s Angel Dimler was eighth in the discus.