At the 54th annual Meet of Champions held Saturday at Lake Hamilton High School, Bryant sophomore Alexis Royal won the triple-jump title.
With wind speeds up to 25 mph buffeting the competitors, Royal jumped 36 feet, 11 inches on her second attempt to secure her victory.
Royal’s margin of victory was a full 10 inches farther than the other competitors. Jasmine Marks of Camden Fairview was second with a jump of 36’1.
“I didn’t jump that well at the state meet last week, so this is a big surprise,” Royal said. “On my winning jump I actually thought I might have fouled, but coach [Danny] Westbrook said I was perfect on the board.”
Westbrook said, “A lot of times in big competitions it comes down to whoever hits that one perfect jump. Alexis put a solid mark out there early in the competition, and it held up for the win.”
He added, “This caps off a great track season for Alexis. She has consistently been one of our lead scorers this year. She has worked hard, and I’m really proud of her. Not many sophomores can call themselves Meet of Champs Champion.
“A lot of credit for her success goes to our jump coaches Brad Stroud and Beth Solomon. The triple jump is a lot more technical than you would think. They have really worked hard on improving each separate phase of her jump, and it really paid off today.”
In the boys competition, Benton’s Zach Riley placed third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.9 seconds and second in the 200-meter dash with a person-record time of 21.85.
The 400-meter relay team of Dillion Winfrey, Tanner Tolbert, Stephen Clark and Kris Bazzelle was disqualified for running out of the exchange zone on their last exchange. The team was running among the leaders when they ran out of the third zone causing the disqualification. Bryant was the defending MOC champion in the event.
Benton’s Kevin Humble, a sophomore, will be competing at the decatholn Wednesday and Thursday at Cabot.