CONWAY, Ark. – The Rogers State men's track & field team turned in nine top five performances, including wins by Blake Fisher, Baylor Harvey and the 4x400 meter relay team, on a windy and cold day at the Central Arkansas Open on Saturday (April 14) at the Bill Stephens Track and Soccer Complex.
Fisher used his best time of the season in the 400 meters to win the event in 49.79 seconds. He was one of two Hillcats to place in the top five in the event as Jacques Morgan finished fifth with his time of 51.60 seconds.
Harvey recovered from a fall on the third lap of the 1,500 meters to win the race in 4:00.52 seconds. The senior was tripped up and dropped back to last place after the fall late in the race, but stormed back to take the lead with about 200 meters left and held on for the win. Byrun Ratliff set a personal best in the 1,500 meters, timing 4:07.27 for sixth overall. Ratliff tallied another top 10 in the 800 meters, going for seventh place in 2:02.75.
The Hillcat 4x400 relay team earned the final first place finish of the day for the navy and red in 3:24.20. The RSU 4x100 meter team was second in 42.01 seconds.
In the cold and windy conditions in the sprints, junior DJ Lilley still managed to take third in both the 100 and 200 meters. Lilley sprinted to third in the 100 meters in 10.79 seconds. The junior matched the third place performance in the 200 meters with his time of 22.38 seconds. Cameron Emery finished in eighth in both the 100 and 200 meters in times of 11.00 seconds and 22.80 seconds, respectively. JaQuan Johnson totaled 10th in the 200 meters, timing 22.97 seconds.
Junior Seth Whittington posted a personal best time in the 5,000 meters to register a third place finish with his time of 15:11.84. He was one of sixth Cats to finish in the top 10 in the 5,000 meters. Freshman Elijah Mackey ended in fifth place in 15:17.17. Colton Green (15:38.98), Nick Williams (15:48.19), Ryan Alexander (15:51.76) and Tristan Owens (15:51.94) went sixth through 10th to put the six navy and red runners in the top 10.
The Hillcats travel to the Great American Conference Champion-ships next weekend in Magnolia, Ark. The event runs from Friday to Saturday (April 20-21).
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