Track & Field
The Rattlers continue to roll with big performances at Alma, Dardanelle, Mansfield, and Ozark. Lauren Ryan state qualified with a 13:14 3200m run at Alma while Aubrie Davis broke the school record in 100m hurdles in 16.96. Other highlights included Hannah Smith PR in both hurdle events with 17.58 at Alma and 55 second 300m hurdles at Dardanelle. The junior boys (Caleb Hyatt, Xeng Yang, TsimNeej Vang, and Tatum Scott) smashed the school record in the mile relay at Ozark in 4:07. Hannah Green has won the pole vault at every meet this season including Mansfield and Ozark. Tannea Thomas won the shot put at Ozark with a throw of 34'9". Taryn Leslie won triple jump with a leap of 31'. Tatum Scott ran a PR 57.07 400m at Ozark for 2nd place; Caleb Hyatt took second in shot put at Ozark and Mansfield with a best of 45'10". Xeng Yang PRed in both hurdle events placing 3rd and 4th. Nate Bryan and Xeng Yang both PRed in the triple jump also going 3rd and 4th. Chase Gibson top 3 in high jump. The sprint relay teams continue to excel as well placing top 3 and closing in on school records. The junior girls relay team: Taryn Leslie, Hannah Green, Lauren Littleton, and Breanna Garcia; the junior boys: Xeng Yang, TsimNeej Vang, Caleb Hyatt, and Tatum Scott; the senior girls: Aubrie Davis, Marley Littleton, Kia Yang, and Keaira Thomas. Thomas also ran 1:07 in the 400m. Xeng Yang and Caleb Hyatt placed in discus with PRs of 116' and 118'. The 4x800m relay teams have excelled also. Lauren Ryan, Marley Littleton, Kia Yang, and Rebekah Dobson/Kristen Dubroc have placed for senior girls; Jan/Wong, Levi Wright, Jesse Witt, and John Lor for senior boys; Nate Bryan, Ashton Doemer, Dan Witt, and Jacob Hall for junior boys; and Carlee Parrish, Lauren Littleton, Salena Yang, and Michal-Ann Dobson for junior girls. Levi Reed continues to cut his time in the hurdles. Finally, Levi Wright has moved into top 10 in 2A for both distance races. This is just a hint at the strength of our teams. Full results can typically be found at ar.milesplit.com.
The Rattlers travelled to Mansfield for the annual Tiger Relays. What a night. The girls qualified for state with Aubrie Davis (won the event!) and Racheal Phillips in pole vault; Hannah Smith and Chase Gibson placed in high jump while Smith also scored in triple jump. Lauren Ryan, Kia Yang, Marley Littleton, and Rebekah Dobson ran for 5th in the 4x800m relay while Levi Wright, Jesse Witt, John Lor, and Brenden Hunt took 8th in the boys relay. Levi Reed placed in both hurdle events. Davis and Smith both PRed in the 100m hurdles with Davis running the second fastest time in school history. Then Davis, Littleton, and Keaira Thomas took 4th in the 4x100m relay. Thomas scored again in the 400m dash. John Lor turned in a PR in his 400m. Lauren Ryan PRed and narrowly missed auto-qualifying mark in 3200m for 3rd place as Wong turned in a PR as well. The 4x400m relay of Raven McConnel, Thomas, Cheyenne Elms, and McKenzie Mikles took 4th to sew up 6th place out of 21 schools; the boys finished 15th. Full results can be found at ar.milesplit.com.
The Rattlers enter spring break with three meets under their belts. The first meet of the year was The Rattler Relays at home with Magazine winning 5 of the 6 divisions. Highlites include: Aubrie Davis winning pole vault; Hannah Smith winning triple jump and high jump; Kalyn Bryan won discus; Lauren Ryan won the 1600m run; Hannah won PV.
Taryn won LJ, TJ, and 100m.
Kiara won high jump and discus.
Breanna won the 100m 7th.
Ashton won 100m 7th.
Carlee won the 1600m.
Relay of Salena, Carlee, Michal-Ann, and Lauren won.
Matthew won LJ and 100m.
Justin won discus.
Levi won the hurdles.
Levi won 1600m run.
Marley won the 100m.
Lauren, Marley, Kia, and Rebekah won the relay.
Highlites from Booneville: Racheal 8' in PV; Tannea won shot put; Hannah Green won PV; Caleb took 2nd in shot put; Hannah 4'10" in high jump; Levi and Lauren both top 4 in distance runs; 4x800m relays scored; Lauren Littleton 1:10 400m; Taryn placed in long jump and triple jump; Tatum 18'10" in LJ and 57 400m for 3rd in each; Xeng placed in hurdles; Jesse placed in 800m.
Paris week: COLD! Hannah won PV for 3rd consecutive meet; Caleb 2nd in shot, 4th in high jump; 8th in discus; Tatum 3rd in long jump; Taryn 3rd in triple jump; Xeng 4th in hurdles; Tannea 2nd in shot put; and 4x800m relay scored again for 3rd straight meet.
Rattlers off and running.
Shiloh Christian Saints Invitational: The Rattlers have started off the cross country season with a bang. The first invitational meet of the year was in Springdale. Shiloh Christian hosted the Saints Invitational where Levi Wright (19:40) and Lauren Ryan (24:29) each medaled. The teams fared well with the junior girls 4th and the junior boys 5th. In the junior girls division Michal-Ann Dobson led the way with a 18th place showing. She was followed by Deanza Bryant (24th), Carlee Parrish (25), Kiara Vasquez (27), Elizabeth Alcarez (37), Taryn Leslie (42), Emily Smith (51), Kylie Robinson (52), Elisabeth Duvall (58), and Sarai Parrish (58).
The junior boys were led by a rhumba of Ashton Droemer (21st), Daniel Witt (22), Nate Bryan (24), David Johnson (42), Jacob Hall (49), and Troy Gray (72). Every athlete had a PR. In the Sr. Girls Lauren Ryan led the way with a 9th place, Kristen Dubroc (26), Kalyn Bryan (29), and Christine Duvall (33). Levi Wright led the senior boys charge in 10th, Jesse Witt (25), Jon Lor (39), and Caleb Hopper (45). Full results: http://ar.milesplit.com/meets/246924/results#.V9_tmCgrKUk
Fort Smith Invitational: The next meet was the Fort Smith Invitational at Ben Geren Park. The Sr. Girls and Jr. Girls brought home runner-up plaques. Michal-Ann Dobson, Nate Bryan, Lauren Ryan, Kristen Dubroc, Kalyn Bryan, Levi Wright, and Jesse Witt medaled for the Rattlers. The Rattlers were bolstered by performances from newcomers Brenden Hunt in senior boys and Michael Roark in junior boys. Full results: http://ar.milesplit.com/meets/246926/results#.V9_tQygrKUk
Acorn Invitational: Then at the Stuthard Stampede in Acorn, the junior girls brought home another runner-up plaque. Medalists included: Michal-Ann Dobson, Carlee Parrish, Kiara Vasquez, Nate Bryan, Ashton Droemer, Daniel Witt, Lauren Ryan, and Levi Wright. Full results: http://ar.milesplit.com/meets/252160/results#.V9_tuCgrKUk
Full results can usually be found at ar.milesplit.com
Rattlers Set New Marks
The Rattlers and Lady Rattlers just completed a tough stretch of the schedule competing in three meets in eight days including the 11th annual Magazine Invitational. The Rattlers earned much hardware at Acorn, then had a tough day at Mansfield with the top two runners, Lauren Ryan (leg) and Levi Wright (ankle), each experiencing minor injuries which caused them to not be able to finish their respective races with each on PR paces. Without their leadership the team times as a whole were not as promising as normal. Nonetheless, Kiara Vasquez continued her climb up the depth chart along with 7th grader Ashton Droemer each finishing as the teams’ #1 for the day. Jesse Witt and Christine Duvall were top finishers for the senior high. Full results can be found at: http://ar.milesplit.com/
The final meet in the 8-day run was the first home meet of the season and what a day. Temperatures and humidity were down. Runners from all over descended upon Diamondback Stadium/Shorty Wright Field to be able to compete in the area’s fan favorite and athletes’ favorite venue on the Rattler Cross Country Course. The Rattlers runners did not disappoint as nearly everyone PRd. The day was highlighted by Lauren Ryan turning in the 5th fastest time in Rattler history with a 21:59 joining the ranks of names like Katy Carter, Shelby Gordon, Brittney Bryan, Logan Lyle, and Kaitlynn Ryan! Levi Wright also moved into the upper echelon with an 18:18 to put his name alongside Travis Williams, Chris McCleod, Sonny Moua, Hunter Chastain, Zach Lemmond, Churxa Yang, and Joseph Thao. But they were not alone. Deanza Bryant ran the 1.5 mile junior high course in 11:04, Kiara Vasquez (11:12), Salena Yang (11:32), Carlee Parrish (11:38), Kylie Robinson (11:56), Taryn Leslie (12:27), Angela Duvall (15:11), Emily Smith (16:43), and Sarai Parrish (18:20). The Jr. Girls finished 7th of 20 schools at the meet. The junior boys were no less impressive with Nate Bryan leading the way in 9:14, Ashton Droemer (9:28), Daniel Witt (9:40), Jacob Hall (10:06), DJ Johnson (10:07), Austin Krigbaum (11:03), Ty Warner (11:52), Michael Roark (12:26), and Troy Gray (13:00). The boys finished 9th at the 20-school competition. Lauren Ryan medaled in 5th place right behind former state champion Morgan Fagan of Acorn, Kristen Dubroc (28:02), Christine Duvall (32:53) on the 5K senior high course. Levi Wright medaled in 7th place, Jesse Witt (21:32), Jon Lor (23:56), Sam Duvall (24:46), Brendon Hunt (25:19), and Caleb Hopper (25:43). The boys finished 9th. The Rattlers have about two weeks of work before the next meet at Greenwood October 8th. The next home meets are: October 18th Rattler Run and October 24th 7th Grade River Valley Championships. Full results can be found at ar.milesplit.com
Rattlers bring home most medals of the year.
Magazine has a storied tradition of success built upon the hard work, determination, desire, and dedication of its athletes. State championships, state records, and collegiate athletes are found within this story. From Emmitt Cleveland in the 30s to Brittney Bryan in 2014; from Billy Wallace in the 80s to Roy Carey in the early 2000s; from Jeremy Wortham in the 90s to Katy Carter in 2012; this is a great story of the journey of some very special athletes. Emmitt Cleveland set the state record in pole vault with 11'8" in 1938; the record stood for 18 years. Roy Carey tied the indoor state all-time best with a 6.52 55m dash at Fayetteville's All-Comer Meet in 2003 finishing 4th overall with all stars from all surrounding states including a win over future Olympic medalist Wallace Spearmon. Carey is one of three Magazine athletes named to the All Arkansas Track and Field Team - Roy Carey, Courtney Bryan, and Brittney Bryan. Brittney Bryan was Class 2A State MVP.
The teams have been ultimately successful having won 2 State Championships, 2 State Runners-ups, 7 3rd place finishes at state, 33 District Championships, and Invitational meets at Greenwood, Booneville, Paris, Clarksville, Danville, Dardanelle, Waldron, and Magazine to name a few. The 2009 Jr. Girls went undefeated winning every meet that season.
We begin with the field events.
Magazine has a long and storied tradition in Track and Field.
Rattler track and field has been around for close to 100 years. The last two decades have been very successful including 2 State
Championships, 2 state runners-up, and 7 third place state finishes plus 33 conference titles. In the last few years the Rattlers have produced
multiple collegiate athletes: Brittney Bryan (UCA), Katy Carter (UAFS), Shelby Gordon (UCA), Travis Williams (UAFS), Churxa Yang (UAFS),
Allan Fairbanks (UCA), Keith Runyan (CBC), and Roy Carey (Coffeyville/Kansas)
The first recorded State Champion was Emmitt Cleveland who accomplished the feat 3 times in the late 30s and early 40s. (Pole vault)
Jeremy Wortham was the first modern-day State Champion in 1993 (High Jump).
Courtney Bryan was the first female athlete winning the state championship in 2011. (Discus)
Rattler Track and Field and Cross Country have won a combined 48 Conference Championships
(33 T&F/15 CC); 2 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS; 2 State Runners-up, 59 State Champions, and
112 All State awards since 1993.
A History and Tradition of Excellence in Rattler Track and Field