Eight teams competed at the recent 67th Lick Creek Invitational track meet. Girls and boys competed. The meet was hosted by Lick Creek School. Photo by Benjamin Marxer.

Lick Creek, Jonesboro, Goreville battle for invitational championship

Lick Creek, Jonesboro and Goreville battled for the 67th Lick Creek Invitational track meet championship.

On a wet and soggy day eight teams competed in the 67th Lick Creek Invitational. 

Teams from Buncombe, Cypress, Dongola, Goreville, Jonesboro, New Simpson Hill, Shawnee and host Lick Creek competed in kindergarten through 5th grades. 

The events included 50, 75, 100, 200 and 400 yard dashes, the 400 yard relays, the long jump and the softball throw. Over 200 young athletes competed from the eight schools.

The meet was very competitive with Jonesboro, Goreville and Lick Creek leading the pack. 

Through the five sprints, Jonesboro, with 73 points, took the lead over Lick Creek 71 points and Goreville 60 points.

Next came the relays. The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade 400 yard relays. The relays included both the boys and girls and the co-ed relays. 

Jonesboro continued holding the lead through the relays with a score of 105, followed by Lick Creek with 102 and Goreville with 83. 

It appeared the showdown would be close to the very end with Lick Creek and Jonesboro. 

However, Goreville, with a strong history in the long jump and softball throw, came out strong in the end, scoring 31 points in those two events to move past Lick Creek with only 6 points. Jonesboro scored 26 points and held off both Goreville and Lick Creek. 

The final score was Jonesboro 131 points (1st place), Goreville 114 (2nd place) and Lick Creek (3rd place) 108.

First place totals were very close between the three schools. 

Lick Creek took home 7 first place ribbons. Jonesboro also had 7 first place ribbons. Goreville came out on top with 8 first place ribbons. 

Jonesboro received 11 second place ribbons, Goreville 9 and Lick Creek 7.

Lick Creek received 8 third place ribbons, Jonesboro 8, Cypress 7 and New Simpson Hill 6.

In the relays, Lick Creek won three, Jonesboro two and Goreville, New Simpson Hill and Cypress one.

In the field events Jonesboro, Goreville and Cypress dominated.

Congratulations to the Jonesboro and Goreville coaches on their fine teams. Coach Ron is also proud of the effort of the Lick Creek Eagles and Lady Eagles. Good luck in the future for all of the young athletes. Coach Ron

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