The cold streak has ended, and the Arkadelphia track teams are coming down the final stretch to begin a new season.

The cold streak has ended, and the Arkadelphia track teams are coming down the final stretch to begin a new season.
The track and field Badgers are trained by fourth year head coach Chris Kizer. Assisting him, is sprint coach Ben Chandler and first year assistant Wade Matlock who will aid with coordinating events.
The Badgers have had constant success in track and field in recent years. Since Kizer commenced his tenure as head coach, the junior high girls have won a conference championship and were runner-up last year.
Now, those same athletes will compete in varsity, which casts high expectations on the team. The Lady Badgers will depend heavily on star sprinter Jasmine Gordon, who has been a state qualifier every year she has competed in varsity.
Not only has there been achievement for the Lady Badgers, but in the boy’s division as well. The same junior boys that were back-to-back conference runner-ups will move up to varsity this year. This gives Arkadelphia track and field a bright outlook into the near future. Athletes Cannon Turner and Zion Hatley, quarterback and running back for the football team, will look to add their championship momentum to the track program.
“The triple jump event is something Turner has had success in and Zion has been competitive when he has run,” said Kizer.
The junior high Badgers first track meet will be the McCauley Invitational Relays in Benton on Tuesday, March 6, while the senior high Badgers will meet in Prescott for the Wolf Relays on Thursday, March 8.
After the relays, the track season will continue into May. The state track meet will be held in Lake Hamilton from April 30 to May 5.
When asked about the expectations of this year’s track team, Kizer expressed, “We expect to compete for a conference championship then do well enough to take state.”