2013 NEWS & RESULTS
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PR's at Lake Hamilton JH Classic
Lake Hamilton Freshman, Nick Johnson, set two new PR's on his way to victory with 12'03" and 12'07". Caddo Hills 8th grader, Matthew Standridge, upped his PR with a leap of 12'03" for 2nd place and Lake Hamilton Freshman, Levi Daniel, got a new PR with 11'03".
On the girls' side, Lake Hamilton Freshman, London Martin, jumped 8'09" for the win. Teammate Victoria Anderson took 2nd place wih 8'03" and Caddo Hills Freshman, Miah Sanders, got 3rd with 7'09".
BIG JUMPS AT CYCLONE RELAYS
The best vaulters in the state descended upon Russellville for the Cyclone Relays Friday, April 5, 2013. The competition lived up to it's billing! Paris Senior, Justin Estala PR'd twice to take home the gold medal with a huge clearance of 16'04". Vilonia Senior, Trey Wyatt, took the silver with a lifetime #2 best of 16'00", while his brother Kyle got the bronze with a leap of 15'06". Heritage Junior, Daniel Spickes, cleared 15'00" for forth place.
In the girls division, Cabot Sophomore, Tori Weeks jumped 12'00" but was nudged out on misses by her sister, Lexi who cleared the same height for the win. Fayetteville Junior, Sara Calhoun took the bronze with 10'10".
TWINS X 2 = 1,2 + 1,2
Arkansas boasts an unusual statistic in the pole vault rankings this year. Entering the season for the girls are #1 ranked Lexi Weeks and #2 Tori Weeks, Sophomore twins from Cabot. For the boys are #1 ranked Trey Wyatt and #2 Kyle Wyatt, Senior twins from Vilonia.
Lexi comes into the season with a PR of 12'03" while 2012 State Indoor Champ, Tori was close behind with 12'01". Trey leads the list with a PR of 16'00.75" followed by 2012 5A State Champ and Meet of Champs winner, Kyle at 15'10".
Caddo Hills 8th grader PR's 5 times
When Matthew Standridge registered for the 2013 AVC USATF Arkansas Indoor Pole Championship, he entered his PR as 9'07" - a height he cleared in a meet last summer. Before the day was over, he became a member of the 12 foot club.
Matthew opened the competition at 9'06" then cleared 10'00", 10'06", 11'00", 11'06" and 12'00" before finally running out of adrenaline at 12'05".
He comes from a long line of vaulters in his family with his two brothers Russell Ellis and John Ellis, along with cousins Samuel Ewing and Bryan Bobo. So far he's off to the best start of an 8th grade season than any AVC vaulter we've ever had.
*Click on Matthew's picture to watch the video.
ATCA State Indoor Championships
University of Arkansas
February 1-2, 2013
Mansfield Junior, Mallory Ward won the girls 1A-4A with 10'06 while Paris Senior, Justin Estala won the boys division with a PR 15'01".
Cabot's Lexi Weeks, Sophomore, PR'd to win the 5A-7A girls with a leap of 12'04" and Vilonia Senior, Kyle Wyatt won the boys group with 15'04".