COACH Mike Power
LAST YEAR’S FINISH Took fifth in the Class 7A state meet with 68.5 points.
KEY ATHLETES Matthew Keown (Sr.), Adrian Broadus (Sr.), Johnathan Prince (Sr.), Zerai Belai (Jr.), Devin Dougherty (Soph.)
TOP NEWCOMERS Coleman Wilson (Soph.)
THE SKINNY Bentonville has some experienced athletes in some areas and some depth, but the depth is filled with younger, less experienced athletes.
Keown, who signed in the fall with Arkansas State, was the 7A state runnerup in the pole vault and should finish close to the top again this year. Broadus finished fourth in the triple jump, while in the running events, Belai finished third in the 800 and Dougherty was seventh in the 400 as a freshman.
The Tigers’ strength could lie in distance events. Prince finished eighth in the 3,200 last year, but he finished fourth in the state cross country meet while Wilson took seventh and should provide help.
Power is hopeful that the youngsters will provide some needed help and could score points in the state meet. The Tigers usually have enough depth to have athletes in every event, but work is still needed in areas such as the high jump and the long jump.
KEY DATES March 10 — first full meet with the Whitey Smith Relays in Rogers; April 6 — Joe Roberts Relays in Springdale, the first meet scheduled after spring break. April 27 — 7A-West Conference meet in Fayetteville.