Southside High School hosted the McDonald’s Relays last week and Paris standout athlete Ashtan Swanson continued her dominance.
For perspective, she has not lost in the 100 meter, the 200 meter, the triple jump, or the long jump this season, and her 4x100 relay team has also been dominant. Now, she would face the top athletes in the state, with every 7A West team attending, along with others such as North Little Rock, Greenwood and Alma.
Swanson would win the long jump on her last attempt with a 17’9” jump. She finished second in the 100 meter to Bentonville, finished third in the 200 meter, and still had to run the 4x100 before she could finish the triple jump. The relay team finished a very respectable seventh. Her last event was the triple jump, where she lost narrowly. She has a jump in the books this season more than three inches further than the eventual winner.
Ashtan scored 32.5 points on the day which would have placed her sixth as a team. For her efforts, she was presented the Steve “Bubba” Carter Award for the meet, the highest given to the high point athlete. They do not have the best of uniforms or fill every possible slot in competition against the large schools, but maybe the next uniforms should say Paris on the back so the competition knows who they are chasing.