The Crossett Eagles boys’ track team are the 2018 4A State champions and the girls are the runners up.
Both Eagle teams won district the last week of April and advanced to the state championship in Pocahontas last week.
This title makes the 25th state track championship for the Crossett Eagles boys’ team.
“A great coach named Bobby Richardson, who was inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame, laid the foundation for the Crossett track program,” Coach Rodney Lawson said, adding that to win it all this year is like icing on the cake.
“Winning was very special to me,” he said.
This is Lawson’s first time to win the title.
“We have won our conference many times, a 4A State Indoor title in 2016 and finished second or third in outdoor, but never first,” Lawson said.
Running for Lawson in the state meet were runners Carlos Williams, Randarius Terry, DeAndre Webb, Michael Thompson, Ja’Vonn Watson, Tyreke Caldwell, Kantrell Williams, Jeremy Green, Desmond Harris, Zyon Patterson, Freddie Charleston and Jordan Rial.
“I had a great group of seniors that have been in our track program since junior high,” Lawson said.
The coach said his seniors set the stage by being positive role models and extra coaches for the younger team members.
The points to win it all came from individual and relay events throughout the meet.
Carlos Williiams, Michael Thompson and DeAndre Webb all ran the 100-meter dash in less than 12 seconds.
DeAndre Webb finished in the finals with a time of 11:30. Carlos Williams ran a 11.30 in the preliminary races, but finished in 11.78 in the finals. Carlos and Webb won Crossett a total of eight points for this event.
Lawson said Terry, who usually participates in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash, pulled a hamstring and it put him out early in the meet.
In the 200-meter dash, Thompson finished with a 22.91 with his teammates Carlos Williams and Webb coming in behind him with a time of 23.11 and 23.13 seconds. Thompson, Carlos Williams and Webb earned Crossett a total of 17 points during this event.
In the 400-meter dash, Watson finished in 51.28 seconds, which was his season best, but landed him fourth in the state event. Watson was still awarded five points for the Crossett team for his placement in the event. Tyreke Caldwell and Kantrell Williams came in behind Watson. Caldwell finished with a time of 53.74 seconds and was awarded two points and Kantrel Williams finished with a time of 57.78 and was awarded one point.
Jeremy Green ran in the 800-meter run and finished with a time of 2 minutes and 17.58 seconds. Green earned one point for the Crossett Eagles during the event.
Carlos Williams finished the 110-meter hurdles in 16.28 seconds in the finals just short of the 16.03 he ran in the preliminaries. Carlos was awarded five points for the hurdles.
The boys relay team finished the 4 by 100-meter relay in 43.34 seconds and the 4 by 400 in 3 minutes and 29.80 seconds, which was also noted as their season best time.
In the jump events, Freddie Charleston won eight points for Crossett with his jump of 6-2 in the high jump.
Watson won six points for Crossett in the long jump with a 20-6.5 jump and three points in the triple jump event with a jump of 41-9.25.
The boys team finished with 70 total points, five points higher than Nashville, who had a total of 65.5 and Pea Ridge, who had a total of 65 even.
First year Lady Eagles track coach Shanae Govan said the girls’ team persevered and came out as runners-up.
“I couldn’t be more proud of how hard they worked,” Govan said.
Govan’s team finished with a total of 53 points, but could not out score the defending state champions, the Pea Ridge track team.
Crossett’s points came from winning first in the team relay events and other individual events.
Lydia Burnett didn’t win the 200-meter dash, but she finished in 27.87 seconds and won two points for the Lady Eagles.
Charity Watkins finished the 400-meter dash in 1 minute and 3 seconds, winning six points for Crossett.
Tiana Wilson, Hamburg’s track star, took first place in both of those events. Wilson ran the 200-yard dash in 24.24 seconds and the 400-meter dash in 58.74 seconds.
Anaya Jones won eight points for Crossett in the 110-meter hurdles. Jones finished in second place with a time of 16.04 seconds which was her season best time.
Jones won another four points for Crossett by finishing in the top five in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.84. Khalia Jones came in right behind Jones with a time of 50.35 and won three points for the Lady Eagles.
The Lady Eagles won the 4 by 100-meter relay with a time of 50.50 seconds, which was their season best. Running in the 4 by 100 were runners Jaylah Gaston, Jones, Lydia Burnett and Khalia Williams.
The girls placed third in the 4 by 400-meter relay with a time of 4 minutes and 16.54 seconds, which was their season best time. The 4 by 400 runners were Charity Watkins, Lydia Burnett, Shekirra Gavin and Khalia Williams.
Jaylynn Hampton won 10 points for the Lady Eagles by winning the high jump event with a jump of 4-11, and Lydia Burnett won three points in the pole vaulting event with a score of 8-.06.
Kirsten Thurman won five points for Crossett in the discus event with a throw of 101-10.
The track teams aren’t finished with their season as their state win allows them to attend the Meet of Champions at Lake Hamilton Saturday.
Lawson said the Meet of Champs is where the “best of the best” compete against each other. The athletes from 1A to 7A will compete against each other. The state champions of each division are guaranteed a spot and the other participants are invited based on the top times in each event category.
Running for the Crossett boys in the Meet of Champs will be Thompson, Webb, Watson and Carlos Williams in the 4 by 100-meter relay. Watson, Green, Caldwell and Kantrel Williams will compete in the 4 by 400-meter relay, Thompson will compete in the 200-meter dash and Charleston will compete in the high jump event.
Running for the Crossett girls will be runners Jaylah Gaston, Jones, Lydia Burnett and Khalia Williams, and Jaylynn Hampton will compete in the high jump.
See next week’s edition for complete Crossett Eagle coverage at the Meet of Champions.