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Bryant Hornet Relays: 2024

The annual Bryant Hornet Relays were held on Tuesday March 12th for both Bryant track teams. After much preparation the competition went smoothly, resulting in a win for the track teams.
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Handing off their batons, the Lady Hornet Track Team compete in the relay race at the Bryant Track Meet on March 12th, 2024.

Bryant High School hosted the annual Bryant Hornet Relays Tuesday, March 12. Races and other events  started at 3:30 p.m. at Hornet Stadium and concluded at the scheduled time of  8:00 p.m.  The meet ended with an overall win for Bryant, with both boys and girls track teams taking first place. The girls track team received an overall score of 149 points while the boys track team scored 201.50 points.     

Each time the track team places in an event, they receive points which contribute to their overall score. Points are awarded to the first eight places, ten points are given to first place,  eight points  to second place and then six points to third after that points go five, four, three, two, one. Whichever team gets the most points wins the meet. For most meets, each school can only receive a score for two team members per event, however at conference meets the first four athletes per school score. 

“That’s the goal: to have multiple people scoring in every event,” boys track Coach Steve Oury said.

Senior Quran Powell and Sophomore Dakota Ricks compete in a 100 yard dash at the Bryant Track Meet on Tuesday, March 12th, 2024. (Kris Reese)

The Bryant Hornet Relays are an event with a long history.

“[it’s been happening] longer than I’ve been here,”  Oury said. “This  is my 21st year and I know that the hornet relays were going on probably back into the seventies.”  

This year, as always, the event contained 18 different track and field events. The previous day, Bryant hosted the Bryant Junior High track meet, making preparing for the Hornet Relays easier; however, Coach Oury still considers setting up the meet an all-day affair.   

“All that set up will take several hours along with getting the equipment ready, the areas for field events, taking the sand pits, putting the lines out on the shot put discus area or getting ribbons ready in the press box,” Oury said. “ It’s a  very time consuming thing.”

Bryant managed to come in first in several events. In the boys 400 Meter Dash, sophomore Jeremiah Fields came in first place with a time of 52.06 seconds. In the boys 800 Meter Run, junior Ian Cunningham took first place with a time of 2:03.92 minutes. For the 3200 Meter Run, junior Angel Vargas Maya scored first with a time  of 9:58.60 minutes.  In the relay events, Bryant boys track won the 4×100 race.

For the field events the Bryant boys track team snagged first place four times, with sophomore Landon Gaston placing first in high jump, junior Tristen Knox in long jump and senior Devin Steingisser in both discus and shot put. 

Sophomore Wyatt Nelson participates in the pole vault at the Bryant Track Meet. He would go on to set a personal record after vaulting over 11 feet. (Kris Reese)

The girls track team also achieved several wins that night that contributed to their overall win. Sophomore Dakota Mcnab achieved first place in the 300 meter hurdles event with a time of 48.56 seconds. The Bryant girls track team placed first in the 4×100 meter relay as well as the 4×400 meter relay.   

After being handed the blue baton, Senior Mia Jordan sprints around the track during the relay race at the Bryant Track Meet on Tuesday. March 12th 2024. (Kris Reese)

 So far the both Bryant track teams have a track record of having multiple scoring athletes per event, which is what led to Tuesday’s victory.  

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Paley Honeysuckle
Paley Honeysuckle, Reporter
Meet Paley, a senior on The Prospective staff. Paley is a member of the Legacy Colorgaurd and a club officer for BHS Art Club. Art is her favorite hobby and she spends most of her free time drawing. After graduation, Paley intends to major in Art and Design, though she has not decided where yet. She loves reading and creating new things.
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Kris Reese, Reporter
Meet Kris. As a senior this year, Kris hopes to explore photography on The Prospective. Outside of newspaper, Kris has a calling to the fine arts. She’s well known in the band as she is a captain and well respected leader in the Legacy of Bryant Marching Band. After she graduates, she hopes to attend college to pursue a Music Education degree with a minor in Music Performance.

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