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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Mitchell Pe Masilun MULTI-TASKING ATHLETES: Sheridan’s Michael Burnett competes in the high jump during the Arkansas high school decathlon Wednesday at Cabot High School. Gosnell’s Marquel McKinney led after the first five events while Clinton’s Annie Hensley led after four events of the high school heptathlon, both events ending today. - Photo by Mitchell PE Masilun

CABOT -- Winning the long jump propelled Gosnell senior Marquel McKinney to the first-round lead in the Arkansas high school decathlon Wednesday at Cabot High School.

McKinney earned 760 points for jumping 22 feet, 2.50 inches and totaled 3,455 points in the first five events. Clinton's Bradley Amos is second with 3,282 points and Crossett's Marcus Bornslater third with 3,235.

Caddo Hills junior Christian Duggan is eighth with 3,011 points, earning 680 with a third-place effort in the shot put (43 feet, 4.25 inches). Michael Harris is 18th with 2,890 points and fellow Lake Hamilton sophomore Haze Farmer 37th with 2,678, both expected to score big in the pole vault today after each cleared 16 feet in the regular season. Jessieville's Jacob Bearden is 38th with 2,672 points and teammate Noah Eskew 46th with 2,558.

Harris placed seventh in the shot put and 10th in the high jump. Bearden 10th in the high jump and Eskew eighth in the 400-meter dash.

Other event winners included Batesville's Cedric Hall, 10.98 seconds in the 100-meter dash; Little Rock McClellan's Marcis Hall, 48 feet, 6 inches in the shot put; and Springdale Har-Ber's Ethan Carney, 51.47 seconds in the 400. Tying for first in the high jump at 5 feet, 10.75 inches were Heber Springs' Justin Feemster, Elkins' Colten Lewis and Nashville's Kalob Carpenter.

  • With pre-meet favorite Asia Anderson sidelined because of injury, Clinton senior Allie Hensley took the first-round lead in the Arkansas high school heptathlon.

Hensley totaled 2,517 points in the first four events Wednesday. Little Rock Parkview's Johanya Givens led fellow event winner Claire Luallen by 10 points in second place, Givens winning the long jump at 18 feet, 4.5 inches and Maumelle's Luallen the 100-meter hurdles in 15.04 seconds.

Genoa Central's Eden Crow won the discus with 110 feet, 2 inches and Springdale Har-Ber's Reaghan Smithpeters the 200-meter dash in 25.87 seconds.

Lake Hamilton teammates Jenny Peake (1,829 points) and Edie Murray (1,794) are 27th and 30th, respectively, while Riley Taylor (1,689) is 36th and Jessieville teammate Jaidyn Fortenberry (1,518) 48th.

Hensley placed third last year with 4,126 points behind since-graduated Jada Baylark (Little Rock Parkview) and Pulaski Robinson senior Anderson.

Sports on 05/18/2017

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