Several Mountain Home track and field athletes qualified for next week’s Class 6A State meet with strong finishes at the 6A-East/Central Conference meet on Thursday night at Cooksey-Johns Stadium in Jonesboro.
The Lady Bombers finished in a tie for fourth place with Greenwood with 86 points, which was 14 points higher than last season’s meet. Lane Alexander led the Bombers with a first-place finish in the 3200-meter run and a second place in the 1600.
Mountain Home’s Hunt Nosari advanced to state with a sixth-place finish in the 800 with a personal-best run. Freshman Isaac McKay qualified with a personal-best in the 400, finishing in fifth. Darrell Ashworth finished fourth in the shot put and qualified for state.
The Bombers’ 4×100 relay team of Josh Newton, Trenton Ashworth, Aaron Webb and McKay qualified for state with a sixth-place finish. The 4×400 (Reese Wendfeldt, Glen Sailor, Jordan Womack, McKay) and 4×800 (David Byrd, Nosari, Bryston Hickman, Reece Hickman) relay teams each placed seventh.
Lady Bomber freshman Riley Walker advanced to state with a second-place, personal-best finish in the 400, and she also placed seventh in the 100-meter dash. Brianna Trevino advanced to state with a third place in the 800, and Ana Helmert placed fifth in the 300 hurdles.
Rebecca McGough advanced to state in two events, placing second in the 3200 in a season-best time, and placing fourth in the 1600 in a season-best time. Mackenzie Mohler finished seventh in the 3200 in a season-best time.
All three of the Lady Bombers’ relay teams qualified for state, with the 4×800 team of Trevino, Autumn Daugherty, Mohler and McGough placing second in a season-best time. The 4×100 team of Katie Strain, LeeEtta Merkling, Hope Menendez and Helmert placed fourth in a season-best time, and the 4×400 team of Trevino, Kylie Beshears, Chloe Freeland and Walker placed fifth in a season-best performance.
Menendez, a freshman, placed fourth in the high jump to qualify for state, and Haven Stumon qualified in the pole vault with a third-place finish. Elizabeth Lewis placed seventh in the pole vault and Walker placed eighth in the long jump. Menendez also qualified in the triple jump with a fifth-place, personal-best finish.
Whitney Settlemire placed second in the shot put and sixth in the discus, advancing to state in both events, while Brandee Strain placed fifth and advanced to state in the shot put with a personal-record throw.