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Alma 7th grade track squad claims runner-up spot at Fort Smith meet 4/1/22

Alma 7th grade track squad claims runner-up spot at Fort Smith meet

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


The Alma seventh- and eighth-grade boys track teams competed in the Darby/Kimmons Relays on Thursday at Southside High School.


The Airedale seventh-graders were second with 137 points. Northridge won the event with 172 points.


Alma’s Chase Wood won the boys' high jump with a leap of 4-8. He was fifth (6-6) in the eighth-grade division. 


Braxton Sharp and Chase Parker were fourth and sixth, respectively, in the people vault with jumps of 5-0. Parker also placed third (29-5) in the triple jump. 


Daniel Rodriguez was third in the long jump (14-11) and 110 hurdles (21.61). 


Sammy Moore was second (28.41) in the 200, fourth in the long jump (14-10), and eighth in the 100 meters. 


Andrew Bush was second in the 800 (2:53.26) and 1600 (5:55.52), respectively and seventh in the triple jump. 


Also for Alma, Luke Stogsdill was second (13.29) in the 100 and third (28.66) in the 200 meters. Derek Kohl was fifth in the 400; Josiah Stallings was fourth in the 800; and Grady Farmer and Lawson Adams were seventh in the 400 and 1600 meters, respectively. 


Colton Nutt was first (54.70) in the 300 intermediate hurdles and twin brother Tristan was third (56.11). 


Moore, Rodriguez, Parker, and Stogsdill were second (54.45) in the 4x100 relay. 


Adams, Stallings, Farmer, and Bush were second (11:11.34) in the 4x800 relay. Izaac Plourde, Tristan Nutt, Logan Flanagan 


and Kohl was second (4:36.98) in the 4x400 relay.


Also, Brycen Lester, Jeremiah Whitaker, Dylan Jackson, and Flanagan were fifth in the 4x200 relay.


In the boys’ eighth-grade division, Alma placed fourth overall with 52.50 points.


Flanagan (seventh-grader) was fourth in the pole vault. John Crump was third (5-0) in the high jump. Logan English was sixth in the long jump.


Timothy Plourde was fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 100 and 200 meters. Plourde and younger brother Izaac helped the 4x200 relay team to a fifth-place finish. The squad also included English and Crump. 


Also for Alma, Aaron Pendergrass, Wyatt Brister, and Caleb Boen were seventh, respectively, in the 400, 800, and 1600 meters. William Sorrells was eighth in the shot put. 


Brister, Trevor Simon, Weston King, and Sam Haig helped the 4x800 relay team to a fourth-place (11:46.28) finish. 


English, Pendergrass, Izaac Plourde, and Crump were fourth (52.85) in the 4x100 relay. 


Colton Nutt, Pendergrass, Farmer, and Crump were fourth (4:35.48) in the 4x400 relay. 


The Lady Airedales’ seventh-grade girls were fifth overall Thursday. 


Anna Swarnes won the long jump (12-3) and finished third (14.54) in the 100 meters. Faith Sartor and Julia McAlister tied for second (15-5) in the shot put. Both girls tied for third (30-2) in the discus. 


Keirstyn Bailey was fifth in the 400 and Izabella Plourde placed eighth in the 200.


In the girls’ eighth-grade division, Mckinzy Berna (30.24) was fourth in the 200, and teammate Avery Dorey was seventh. Dorey was fourth (28-10) in the shot put. Berna also placed eighth in the long jump.


Jordan McLinn was seventh in the shot put, and Gracie Erwin was fifth in the discus.


Aleeza Williams and Piper Powell were fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 800. Alma’s Lola Tapia placed fifth in the 1600. Sydney Johnson was eighth in the 100 hurdles. 


Lady Airedales’ Rushing, Carmack to play college basketball


Kenzie Rushing and Halyn Carmack announced their intentions to play college basketball this week. The former standout players signed with Williams Baptist University and Oklahoma Wesleyan on Thursday. 


Rushing will play at Williams Baptist University. The Eagles finished 14-16 this season overall and 8-10 in the American Midwest Conference of the NAIA.


Rushing averaged 3.7 points per game for the Lady Airedales. Coached by Codey Mann, Alma finished 11-16 overall and 4-10 in the 5A-West. 


In addition to the 3.7 points per game, Rushing averaged 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. 


Carmack will play collegiately at Oklahoma Wesleyan. The Lady Eagles finished 18-15 overall in the 2021-22 season and were 14-10 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.


Carmack averaged 5.3 points per game for the Lady Airedales, including 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per outing. 


Both Rushing and Carmack were named Thursday to the 2021-22 Alma High School All-Academic team as well.