Three from Monticello qualify for Meet of Champs
Three Monticello athletes qualified for the Meet of Champs with their performances at the 2009 5A State Track and Field Championships held in Paragould Saturday, May 16.
The Meet of Champs is to be held today at Lake Hamilton High School in Hot Springs.
Junior Joe Carmical and Senior Ben Alexander were crowned state champion in their respective events.
Carmical won the shot put with a throw of 53’ ¾”. His throw was 3 feet better than the 6A and 7A state champions, nearly 2 feet better than all other qualifiers for the Meet of Champs and earned him the No. 1 seed in the shot put for the meet today. The Meet of Champs record for shot put is 65’ 10 ¾” set in 1974 by Paul White of Russellville.
Alexander won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:19.18. He is seeded eighth in that event at the Meet of Champs. The Meet of Champs record for the 3,200-meter run is 9:09.8, set in 1989 by Brian Baker of Batesville.
Brishen Mathews was the 5A state runner up in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.35. His time was good enough for a No. 8 seed in that event at the Meet of Champs.
The champion from each classification and the next best five performances from all state meets, regardless of classification, are invited to compete at the Meet of Champs.
Mathews also placed sixth in the 200-meter dash at the 5A state meet.
In addition to his win in the 3,200-meter run, Alexander helped Cody Jaggers, Martinez Miller and Kirk Banks to a seventh place finish in the 4x800-meter relay at the state meet.
Jaggers was ninth in the 3,200-meters and Miller was twelfth in the 1,600-meters.
Reggie Rayford finished his season with an eighth-place mark in the triple jump. Marcie Roberson was 12th in the same event.
The boys’ efforts resulted in a seventh place finish for Monticello in the state meet.
The girls had a little tougher go at the 5A state meet, finishing in a tie with Greenbrier in 22nd place in a field of 28 teams.
Reshanae Crift earned Monticello’s only 6 points by taking third place in the 100-meter dash.