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State Champions!!! Stuttgart track and field wins three 4A state titles

Danaye Poole, Kailey Bishop, Danyelle Poole, and Sarah Tucker after winning the 4×100 meter relay and 4×200 meter relay state titles. (Photo courtesy of Coach Alex Holt)

Stuttgart sent 11 track student-athletes to Harrison on Tuesday for the 4A state track and field meet. Four of those athletes came home state champions as the Stuttgart girls’ track team claimed state titles across three different events.

The Lady Ricebirds also finished fourth in the overall team competition with 51 points.

Stuttgart won the girls’ 4×100 meter relay and 4×200 meter relay with a team comprised of Danaye Poole, Kailey Bishop, Danyelle Poole, and Sarah Tucker.

The Lady Ricebirds won the 4×100 with a time of 52.50. Farmington followed the Lady Ricebirds with a time of 52.54 while Morrilton claimed third place with a time of 52.95.

“I can’t say enough about our kids,” said Track Coach Alex Holt. “They are a great group, and they represented our school and community in an incredible way. I could not be prouder of them.”

Girls’ 4×100 meter relay (Team) Time
Stuttgart State Champion 52.50
Farmington 52.54
Morrilton 52.95
Magnolia 53.75
Valley View 53.92
Trumann 54.52
Nashville 1:04.76
Ozark DQ

After claiming the 4×100 relay state title, the Stuttgart sprinters moved on to the 4×200 relay event where they claimed their second state title of the day.

The ladies won the 4×200 with a time of 1:50.39 which is nearly three seconds faster than their closest competitor, Magnolia, whose team ran a 1:53.25.

Pea Ridge finished third in the 4×200 with a time of 1:54.44.

“The most impressive thing about what our team did is the fact that of the 11 athletes we took to Harrison, six of them are just freshmen,” said Holt. “That shows that the future is very bright for Stuttgart track and field.”

Girls’ 4×200 meter relay (Team) Time
Stuttgart State Champion 1:50.39
Magnolia 1:53.25
Pea Ridge 1:54.44
Valley View 1:54.82
Farmington 1:55.03
Forrest City 1:55.44
Gravette 1:55.45
Ozark 1:56.02
Dardanelle 1:56.40
Pocahontas 1:57.68
Arkadelphia 1:57.84
Hope 1:57.92
DeQueen 1:58.47
Camden Fairview 1:59.42
Monticello 2:01.22
Heber Springs 2:01.72
Wynne 2:03.55
Brookland 2:04.02

Danyelle Poole claims the 2022 4A state triple jump title

Sophomore Danyelle Poole competed in six events at Tuesday’s 4A state meet. And while she brought home state titles in a pair of team events, Poole also earned an individual state championship in the triple jump.

Danyelle Poole (#4) running the 100-meter earlier this season. She is followed by teammate Kailey Bishop (#5). (Photo courtesy of Hollee Davis)

Poole won the triple jump with a distance of 35-11.5. She was followed by Laiklyn Stephens from Harrison and Cailey Ramaker of Farmington.

Poole’s distance of 35-11.5 exceeded her next closest competitor by 3.5 inches.

Triple Jump (Athlete – School) Distance
Danyelle Poole – Stuttgart State Champion 35-11.5
Laiklyn Stephens – Harrison 35-8
Cailey Ramaker – Farmington 34-9.50
Belle Lindsey – DeQueen 34-7
Janayi Baker – Magnolia 34-6.75
Aniya Buchanan – Camden Fairview 34-0.25
Tyesha James – Lonoke 33-11.2
Kishaliya Doss – Magnolia 32-11
Audrey Rowan – Dardanelle 32-8.25
Lauren Chester – Pocahontas 32-5.50
Kennedy Williams – Pea Ridge 32-5.25
Breonna Carpenter – Pocahontas 32-5.25
Satiya Rone – Magnolia 32-0
Lamya Pruitt – Morrilton 31-10
Anna Winkfield – Valley View 31-1
Madison Smith – Pea Ridge 31-0.50
Bethany White – Hope 30-9.25
Jaden Roberts – Mena 30-2.50
Gracie Dean – Clarksville 29-6.50

Danyelle Poole shows well in the long jump and alongside teammate Kailey Bishop in the 100 and 200-meter dashes

Stuttgart’s sensational sophomore, Danyelle Poole, also competed in three other events at the state meet.

Poole was entered in the long jump where she placed third with a distance of 16-3.25. She trailed only Belle Lindsey of DeQueen who jumped 16-4.25 and Cailey Ramaker of Farmington who jumped 16-3.75.

In addition to the jumping event, Poole competed in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints.

Poole finished third in the 100-meter with a time of 12:75. This trailed only Anna Woolsey of Ozark who ran a 12:31 and Krystena Clemons of Morrilton who ran a 12:73.

Kailey Bishop of Stuttgart also competed in the 100-meter and placed fifth with a time of 12.85.

Bishop again placed fifth in the 200-meter with a time of 27:71, only 2:15 slower than the state champion, Anna Woolsey of Ozark who won the 200-meter with a time of 25:56. Poole placed eighth in the 200-meter with a time of 28:03.

Bishop is the only freshman to have qualified for the 100-meter and 200-meter finals at this year’s meet.

Stuttgart shows in the 4×800 meter relay, 800-meter individuals, and discus

Bell Price delivered a 10th place finish in the 800-meter individual race with a time of 2:45.40. Rylee Walker of Brookland won the event with a time of 2:22.71.

In the 4×800 relay, Stuttgart’s team of Bell Price, Anna Kate Bulloch, Emilee Simpson, and Paige Dean finished 14th with a time of 12:20.56. Valley View won the event with a time of 10:17.09.

Ja’lah Hord competed in the girls’ discus and placed ninth by throwing 84-0. The winning distance was delivered by Dallice White of Pea Ridge who threw 108-8. Cade Coates threw the discus for Stuttgart in the boys’ meet where he placed 12th with a throw of 107-08. Garrison Jackson of Gentry won the event with a distance of 151-0.

Anna Kate Bulloch competed in the 1600-meter event where she finished with a time of 6:48.09.

Lady Ricebirds finish fourth in the overall with 51 team points

Stuttgart brings three state titles home from Harrison, but almost as impressive, is the Lady Ricebirds’ fourth-place finish in the overall standings at this year’s meet. The team’s performance brought great pride to Holt.

“I am extremely proud of the showing the girls had at the state meet. They all worked very hard throughout the year to get to this point and that hard work paid off for them with three state championships and a fourth place overall finish.”

Valley View won the girls’ overall with 68 points followed by Magnolia with 58 and Pea Ridge with 53.

Stuttgart’s four state champions will also compete in the upcoming Meet of Champions on May 11 in Russellville.

Team Overall Points
Valley View 68
Magnolia 58
Pea Ridge 53
Stuttgart 51
DeQueen 46.5
Ozark 44
Brookland 39
Clarksville 36
Gravette 33
Harrison 32
Farmington 31
Heber Springs 23
Nashville 23
Shiloh Christian 22
Morrilton 21
Gentry 20
Pottsville 18
Arkadelphia 12
Joe T. Robinson 9.5
Camden Fairview 8
Southside Batesville 7
Wynne 7
Huntsville 6
Forrest City 6
Little Rock Mills 5
Lonoke 5
Pocahontas 5
Hope 5
Trumann 3
Mena 3
Dardanelle 1

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