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Webb's 400 state title lifts BHS track to 4th in Memphis
Bulldogs finish below top four in 11 of 12 events; Cordova edges Houston for AAA title

MEMPHIS, May 28 - Bryan Webb was a beacon of flashing light on an otherwise disappointing day for the Bearden High School boys track and field team at the Class AAA state meet.

Webb's state championship effort in the 400-meter run (48.57) - coming from behind during the final 125 meters to edge Kendrick O'Neal of Cordova (48.77) - was the Bulldogs' only top-four finish out of 12 events BHS qualified for during the Class AAA state meet at Briarcrest Christian School Friday.

Thanks to Webb's 10 points in the 400, Bearden still managed a fourth-place state finish with 41 points, 14 behind state champion Cordova (55).

Webb described how his winning race unfolded: "I'd say about the first one-twenty-five (125-meters) I was making up the stagger on the field. Coming on the last one-twenty-five of the race, lane one (O'Neal), he made the stagger up on me, he passed me. So, coming down the home stretch I was in second-place. But I felt I had the strength to catch him, and that's what I did. I caught him at the finish line. I was pretty confident."

Behind Webb, Bearden's next best efforts were a pair of fifth-place finishes from Jay Oatts in the 300 hurdles (40.03) and 110 hurdles (15.39), and fifth in the 4 X 800 (8:11.05) and 4 X 400 (3:29.17) relays.


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