Panther, Lady Panther track teams begin season with strong finishes

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With the spring semester in full swing, the Bullard Panther and Lady Panther junior varsity and varsity track and field teams began the programs’ new season, traveling the short distance down Highway 69 to compete in the Jacksonville Tribe Relays, held Thursday, March 1, at Jacksonville High School.

Bullard Panther Varsity:

The Bullard Panther varsity team competed well against the competition at the Jacksonville Tribe Relays, finishing the event in fourth place with a score of 77 points, with several high placements in the events’ standings.

In the 100 meter dash, Landon Wheeler and Josh Mascola represented the Panthers, placing fourth and fifth with times of 11.33 and 11.35, respectively.

Dustin Dover was the lone Panther to participate in the 110 meter hurdles event, securing a third place finish with a time of 17.30.

Two Panther runners were able to finish in the top standings in the 1,600 meter run, as Hayden Jeffus claimed second place with a time of 4:58.59, and Caleb Carmichael finished sixth with a time of 5:18.63.

Jeffus and Harrison Meador took home second and third place in the 3,200 meter run event, finishing with times of 11:03 and 11:17, respectively.

In the 800 meter run, Carmichael finished with a time of 2:14.81, allowing him to take home a sixth place finish in the event.

The Panthers’ Will McCowin and Hayden Wells had strong leaps in the high jump contest, with McCowin finishing in second place with a jump of 6-4, while Wells grabbed fifth place with a jump of 5-8.

Bullard’s duo of Allan Covey and Zach Thompson finished in fourth and sixth place in the pole vault competition, with vaults of 10-6 and 9-6, respectively.

McCowin also had a successful day in the long jump at the Jacksonville Tribe Relays, leaping to a first place finish with a jump of 21-4.

The Panther varsity track and field team also finished in fourth place in the 4X100 meter relay, 4X200 meter relay, and 4X400 meter relay events, finishing with times of 45.65, 1:36.93, and 3:45.40, respectively.

Bullard Lady Panther Varsity:

The Bullard Lady Panther varsity track and field team also had a strong showing at the Jacksonville Tribe Relays, placing third as a team with a score of 62 points, with several athletes finishing amongst the top in the event’s final placements.

In the 100 meter hurdles event, Ashlyn Meador was able to outpace the competition, finishing in first place with a time of 16.14.

Meador also proved to be the athlete to beat in the 300 meter hurdles, as she took home first place with a time of 51.62.

Perry Burchfield was the fastest Lady Panther runner to compete in the 1,600 meter run, finishing with a time of 8:03.52, allowing her to finish in fifth place.

In the 3,200 meter run, Emily Berry sped her way around the track to claim a first place finish with a time of 13:10.

The sisterly duo of Emily Berry and Erin Berry finished atop the standings in the 800 meter run event, as Emily Berry crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 2:37.19, while Erin Berry took home second place with a time of 2:45.62.

Also taking home a high placement was the Bullard Lady Panther varsity track’s 4X400 meter relay team, finishing in third place with a time of 4:39.18.

Bullard Panther Junior Varsity:

Also competing at the Jacksonville Tribe Relays was the Bullard Panther junior varsity track and field team, finishing in fifth place with a team score of 81 points and bringing a number of top finishes back home to Bullard.

Elijah Gilliam and Latrez Young were the Panthers’ representatives in the 100 meter dash event, with Gilliam taking home first place with a time of 11.56, while Young finished third with a time of 11.83.

Cameron Baldwin was the lone Panther able to find his way into the top standings in the 110 meter hurdles race, procuring a fourth place finish with a time of 18.78.

In the 1,600 meter run event, Jordan Christopher was the fastest Panther to prowl around the track, claiming third place with a time of 5:35.37.

Gilliam competed well for the team in the 200 meter dash, ending up in fourth place with a time of 24.96

Likewise, Baldwin was a strong runner in the 300 meter hurdles event, placing fourth with a time of 47.93. Kodi Reichert also represented Bullard in the event, taking away a sixth place finish with a time of 50.40.

Two Panther runners were able to race their way into the top standings in the 3,200 meter run, as Hagen Hodges secured third place with a time of 12:51 and Chris Hood finished fifth with a time of 13:07.

In the pole vault event, Zach Arroyo soared his way through the air to claim third place with a vault of 10-0.

Bullard Lady Panther Junior Varsity:

The final team representing Bullard at the Jacksonville Tribe Relays was the Bullard Lady Panther junior varsity track and field team, as the team finished third with a team score of 111 points, with a number of athletes achieving a number of top-six finishes at the event.

In the 100 meter hurdles, the Lady Panthers were represented by Macie Turrentine, who prowled her way down the track and across the finish line for second place with a time of 18.78.

Jessica Lundgren was the team’s lone participant able to finish in the top standings in the 1,600 meter run event, finishing in second place with a time of 6:41.20.

Lundgren also had success in the 3,200 meter run at the Jacksonville Tribe Relays, ending in second place with a time of 14:42.

In the 400 meter dash, Kara Shelton was the fastest Lady Panther runner to compete, claiming a sixth place finish with a time of 1:16.87.

Julehissa Galvan also took home a top finish for the team, earning a sixth place finish in the 800 meter run with a time of 3:11.13.

A duo of Lady Panthers leaped their way into the final standings in the high jump competition, as Ashley Waterman’s jump of 4-6 was good enough for second place, while Taylor Barber placed third with a jump of 4-4.

In the long jump competition, the leap of 13-5 by Shelbee Walker allowed her to pounce on a sixth place finish.

Turrentine also competed in the pole vault contest at the Jacksonville Tribe Relays, ending up in first place with a vault of 9-0.

The final events in which the Bullard Lady Panther junior varsity track and field team competed in at the Jacksonville Relays were the 4X100 meter relay, 4X200 meter relay, and 4X400 meter relay, in which the team finished first with a time of 53.32, first with a time of 1:55.62, and first with a time of 4:41.25, respectively.

Next meet: Thursday, March 8 – Panther Relays at Bullard High School.

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