For the second straight year in the state 5A track meet, competitors were looking high at the soaring Vilonia Eagles.
For the second straight year, the Eagles scored in 13 events and won five in winning the Class 5A boys track title for the second year in a row.
Again, Vilonia had two athletes finished 1-2.
The Eagles amassed 104.5 points in easily zipping past Magnolia and Camden Fairview, which tied for second at 78 during the meet at Hot Springs.
"After the meet last year, some folks started thinking about who had what coming back and who was going to win this year," said Vilonia coach Michael Stout. "Our name wasn’t brought up. Winning last year carried over to a point, but I think people were underestimated this team and the guys used that as motivation. A lot of folks didn’t think we could repeat.
"A lot of guys stepped up. We lost a lot of people off last year’s team. We had some injuries, but every time a kid couldn’t go, another stepped right in. I’ve been coaching a long time and this is the most dedicated, hardest-working group I’ve ever been around. I couldn’t have asked any more from them."
Houston Cotton was a double winner for the Vilonia boys, taking the 110 and 300 hurdles.
Luke Matyja and Cody Moore finished 1-2 in the 800 meters.
Kyle Wyatt won the pole vault at 16-1 while Trey Wyatt was third at 14-0. The brothers finished 1-2 at last year’s meet.
Tristan Meye won the triple jump at 45-4.5. He was third in the 400.
"We’ve stressed that we really want to be good in all events, that they all are important," Stout said. "At every practice, we do 17 jumping jacks to signify the importance of all 17 events."
The Lady Eagles’ Rebecca Brandon won the shot put. The Vilonia girls finished seventh with 38.2 points.
In the last four years, Vilonia has finished third, second and first twice in the 5A state track meets.
"Considering the progams in 5A, it’s hard to win once, much less go back-to-back," Stout said. "We want our program to continue to be a program like others in the state that have won multiple titles. I think we’ve taken steps to do that."
400: Tristan Meye, 51.57
800: 1. Luke Matyja, 2:204.28;
2. Cody Moore, 2:04.47
1600: 6. Matthew Brosly, 4:47.91
3200: 6. Brosly, 10:38.43
110 hurdles: 1. Houston Cotton, 15.5
300 hurdles: 1. Cotton: 39.96
4x400 relay: Vilonia, 3:32.47
4x800 relay: Vilonia, 8:29.73
High jump: T4. Tripp Reed, 5-10
Pole vault: 1. Kyle Wyatt 16-1;
3. Trey Wyatt, 14-0;
T4. Dylan Foster, 13-0
Triple jump: Meye, 45-4.5
Discus: Jon Alexander, 122-1
100: Autumn Russell, Greenbrier, 12.68
1600: 6. Stephanie King, Vilonia, 4:46.54
3200: 4. King, 12:47.73; 5. Addy Swaim, 12:50.61
100 hurdles: 6. Lauren Williams, 16.83
4x400 relay: 4. Vilonia, 4:26.9
4x800 relay: 7. Vilonia, 10:50.62
Pole vault: 6. Hannah Schnebelen, 8-6;
8. Katelynn Gibson, 8-0
Shot put: 1. Rebecca Brandon, 37-7
Discus: 6. Amanda East, 94.5;
8. Brandon, 89-10