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story.lead_photo.caption The Sentinel-Record/James Leigh HIGH-FLYING SENIOR: Lake Hamilton senior pole vaulter Haze Farmer goes up for 16 feet, 6 inches on Friday in the Lake Hamilton Invitational. Farmer won the event.

PEARCY -- Lake Hamilton had a strong showing for coach Karl Koonce's final Lake Hamilton Invitational, but while both the girls and the boys teams led Garland County teams in the standings, they finished third overall.

The Wolves finished with three individual wins but garnered just 88.5 points while Texarkana (128) and Vilonia (116) took first and second, respectively. The Lady Wolves saw just one win, finishing with 69 points behind Vilonia (127) and Texarkana (126).

Fountain Lake's boys took sixth place with 35 points, Lakeside eighth with 22, Jessieville 13th with eight and Bismarck 17th with three. Jessieville's girls were 10th overall with 21 points, Lakeside 12th with 20, Fountain Lake 13th with seven, Bismarck 16th with three and Malvern 19th with one.

Haze Farmer once again won the pole vault, although he could clear only 16 feet, 6 inches, just over two weeks after a 17-2 vault at Lakeside.

"I just kind of had a rough day," Farmer said. "There's a lot of good vaulters here, so none of us really performed. It was just one of those days. We had kind of a cross-headwind, so the wind was always shifting."

The Georgia-commit said that he felt the weather contributed to the low heights of all the vaulters. None of the top five vaulters of the day met or exceeded their seeding heights at the meet, with Farmer 10 inches below his seed height of 17-4.

"I feel amazing. That's the only reason I'm mad that I'm jumping low," he explained. "I know I can be jumping higher. We just really haven't had an ideal meet, outdoor, yet. We'll get it, and that'll be good."

Despite the poor performance, he is confident about the upcoming conference and state meets.

"Very confident. I'm very excited," he said. "I'm ready to jump high, and I'll get to jump with all my friends."

Classmate Michael Harris and sophomore Hunter Johnson finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Sentinel-Record/James Leigh HIGH-FLYING SENIOR: Lake Hamilton senior pole vaulter Edie Murray clears the bar at 12 feet during the Lake Hamilton Invitational on Friday. Murray won the event with the clearance.
The Sentinel-Record/James Leigh HIGH-FLYING SENIOR: Lake Hamilton senior pole vaulter Edie Murray clears the bar at 12 feet during the Lake Hamilton Invitational on Friday. Murray won the event with the clearance.

Edie Murray was the Lady Wolves' only individual win of the day, with a height of 12 feet.

"I know I always can win, but at the same time, I know I can perform so much better than I have been doing," she said. "I'm just ready to start jumping high again. I need to put it all together."

A right-handed vaulter, the Arkansas signee admitted that she cannot use the crosswind as an excuse.

"I feel like I use the wind as an excuse," she said. "But at the same time, as a right-handed vaulter, a wind coming from the left is exactly what I needed. I just let it get in my head."

Murray had three attempts at 12-6, her max at an outdoor meet this season, but she cleared 13 feet, 5.25 inches during an indoor meet in New York. Despite that, she anticipates a stronger performance in the upcoming 5A South meet and the Class 5A state meet.

"I feel like during conference and state, I'll have that adrenaline to actually jump higher because sometimes during these meets, I wait forever until I come in," she said. "I feel like at conference, I'll have that confidence that I need and that adrenaline to actually jump high."

Sophomore Mahayla Swayze took second in the event with 11 feet for a berth for the state meet. Swayze cleared 10 feet at the Lakeside Ram Relays last month.

Murray also took second in the long jump with a leap up 15 feet, 6.75 inches.

Sophomore William Swecker won the 3200-meter run, crossing the line in 9:59.32, and senior Ray Hamp won the shot put with a distance of 48 feet, 7 inches.

The Wolves' 4x800-meter relay team took second with a time of 8:15.90, just under five seconds behind Vilonia (8:10.13). The 4x100-meter (44.43 seconds) and 4x400-meter (3:38.06) teams finished third.

Juniors Jessica Jennings (12:51.39) and Meighan Mears (12:57.11) took third and fourth, respectively, in the 3200-meter run.

The Sentinel-Record/James Leigh HIGH-FLYING SENIOR: Fountain Lake senior Ahman Johnson takes his first jump in the long jump on Friday at the Lake Hamilton Invitational. Johnson had a leap of 22 feet, 4.75 inches to win the event.
The Sentinel-Record/James Leigh HIGH-FLYING SENIOR: Fountain Lake senior Ahman Johnson takes his first jump in the long jump on Friday at the Lake Hamilton Invitational. Johnson had a leap of 22 feet, 4.75 inches to win the event.

Fountain Lake senior Ahman Johnson picked up the team's only wins with a long jump of 22 feet, 4.75 inches and a triple jump of 43 feet, 11.5 inches.

Lakeside's Natalie Jennings was second in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:52.46 and in the 3200-meter run with a 12:45.76 finish.

Jessieville was led by Jill Robertson who took fourth place in the 300-meter hurdles (50.57 seconds), and the girls' 4x800-meter relay team was fourth with a time of 12:46.57. Katherine Elliot was fourth in the discus with a hurl of 94 feet, 9 inches.

Sports on 04/14/2019

Print Headline: Lake Hamilton third at meet

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