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Benton sweeps 1-4A track titles again


Russell Hedges

Benton swept the District 1-4A boys and girls track and field titles for the third straight year Wednesday at Benton.
The Tigers scored 145 points to 124 for runner-up Northwood. North DeSoto finished third with 121.
The Lady Tigers had an easier time of it, rolling up 181 points. North DeSoto finished second with 102 and Huntington was third with 78.
The Benton boys had an 14-point lead over North DeSoto and a 17-point lead over Northwood with two events left.
The Tigers’ Drake Heinz and Stephen Singleton finished 1-2 in the 3,200-meter run to clinch the title.
Heinz, the defending 4A 3,200 champ, ran a 10:11.33. Singleton ran a 10:14.94.
Heinz also finished second in the 1,600 in 4:44.39.
Benton won with quality and quantity in both divisions.
Dorsavion Williams swept the short sprints, taking the 100 in 10.78 and the 200 in 22.18.
Obie Spears and Andre Dean finished 1-2 in the pole vault, clearing 12-3 and 11-6, respectively.
Collin Milton took the javelin with a throw of 157-11.
The Tigers also got second-place finishes from Ryder Miller (800), Keon Coleman (300 hurdles) and Gage Carroway (discus).
Benton athletes received two of the individual honors in the girls division. Madi Sessions earned Outstanding Field Performance with a toss of 106-7 in the discus. She also won the javelin with a 103-4.
Brittany Black shared MVP Track honors with Woodlawn’s Ca’Mia Thompkins.
Black won the 100 in 12.44 and finished second in the 200 in 26.00.
The Lady Tigers finished 1-2 in the 100 with Ja’Erica Carr getting second in 12.52.
Benton’s Shelby Leninger (8-6) and Hallie Santignan finished 1-2 in the pole vault.
Quinci Middlebrooks won the 800 in 2:34.94.
Benton swept the relays, taking the 4X100 in 49.22, the 4X200 in 1:44.91 and the 4X400 in 4:21.18.
The top four individuals and relay teams qualified for the Region I-4A meet, which will be held Wednesday at Benton.

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