Bentonville High Boys 2017 Season Preview

COACH Mike Power

LAST YEAR’S FINISH Took fifth in the Class 7A state meet with 68.5 points.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Matthew Keown of Bentonville competes in the pole vault Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, during the 5A-7A State Indoor Championship in the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the meet.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE
Matthew Keown of Bentonville competes in the pole vault Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, during the 5A-7A State Indoor Championship in the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the meet.
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.

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville and Bentonville West, as well as topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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