Nine athletes signed letters of intent to compete on the college level Wednesday, May 4, in a ceremony in the arena at Pea Ridge High School. After opening remarks by principal Charley Clark, head coaches of several sports spoke about the athletes from their programs.
Head Lady Blackhawk track coach Heather Wade commended the diligence of the athletes as she celebrated the three young ladies who signed letters of intent for college sports.
"Today we get to celebrate these athletes," Wade said, as she enumerated the accomplishments of the track program over the six years each of these athletes participated.
She said that these girls, from seventh grade to 12th, the Blackhawk track and cross country teams have been two-time Cross Country District Champs, Cross Country State runner up; three-time District Track Champs; three-time indoor Track State Champs; and two-time outdoor Track State Champs.
"I'm very proud of these girls and excited to watch them at the next level," she said.
Kamree Dye is signing to further her education and to participate in Track and Field at John Brown University.
Kamree has been a part of the track program for six years.
She has a great work ethic and always takes advantage of every opportunity.
She is a time all state track runner
In 2021, she was part of the state champion 4x200-meter team and in 2022 she was an indoor state champion in the long jump and a part of the 4x400-meter championship team.
Story about the 400
This year Kamree set a new school record in the 400-meter!
"Congratulation, Kamree," Wade said.
Dye, daughter of John and Bobbye Jo Dye, said she plans to major in international business and Spanish and hopes to work with international marketing.
Liz Vazquez is signing to further her education and to participate in Track and Field and Cross County at John Brown University.
Liz has been a part of the track and Cross County program for 6 years.
She has a great drive and is very passionate about her training
She is one of our top track distance runners and is a time all state cross country runner
Story about the running
"This year Liz set a new school record in the mile and two mile," Wade said.
Vazquez, daughter of Ana Islas, plans to major in biology and Spanish and hopefully become a pediatrician.
Dallice White is signing to further her education and to participate in Track and Field at Arkansas Tech University.
White has been a part of the Blackhawk track program for six years, accoding to head track coach Heather Wade.
"She has a great drive and is always willing to step in and help her team in any event with a smile on her face!
"She received all state honors Tuesday, May 3, after becoming a champion in the disc. She has also been on a couple state champion 4x800-meter teams."
"This year Dallice set a new school record in the shot put!" Wade said.
White plans to major in biomedicine at Arkansas Tech University.
From the seventh to 12th grades, the teams they have been apart of has earned several awards including:
• Two-time Cross Country district championships;
• Cross country State runner-up;
• Three-time district Track champs;
• Three-time indoor Track state champs; and
• Two outdoor Track state champs.
"I'm very proud of these girls and excited to watch them at the next level," Wade said.
White, daughter of Merrill and Darcy White, plans to major in biomedicine at Arkansas Tech University.