Benton swept the boys and girls titles in the District 1-4A track and field meet on Wednesday at Benton.
It was the Lady Tigers’ seventh straight title and the Tigers’ sixth in the last seven years.
The top four finishers in each event qualified for the Region I-4A meet, which will also be held at Benton next Wednesday.
Benton’s Taylor Davis, Qua Chambers and Peyton Reeder were double winners in the girls’ division.
Davis won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches. She is the reigning Class 4A state champ in the event. She also took the triple jump with a 37-5.5. The latter mark was a season best.
Chambers, who received the Outstanding Performance award, took the 400-meter dash in 1 minute, 1.66 seconds, a season best for her. She also won the long jump with another season-best of 16-9.5, edging teammate Jada Anderson by two inches. Anderson’s mark was also her best this season. Chambers also finished third in the triple jump.
Reeder, who was named Track MVP, ran season-best times of 15.96 and 49.29, respectively, in a sweep of the 100 and 300 hurdles.
Benton’s Baileigh Parker and Siri Hernandez finished 1-2 in the 1,600 in 6:12.27 and 6:15.33, respectively.
Benton’s Virginia Strickland took the 3,200 in 13:48.93.
Benton’s Breanna Bundy and Georgia Carroway finished 1-2 in the pole vault with personal-bests of 9-6 and 8-0, respectively.
Benton’s Hannah Parker and Abbie Wynn were runners-up in the discus and javelin, respectively. Parker threw 86-7.5 and Wynn 89-4.
Benton’s Kristen Glovier was third in the discus and javelin.
Bossier’s Rebecca Washington had a good day, finishing second in the 200 in 26.99 and the 400 in 1:02.28. Both times were her best this season.
Bossier’s Chloe Walker was third in the 100.
Bossier placed second in the 4X400 relay and third in the 4X200. Benton was third in the 4X100 and 4X200.
On the track in the boys division, Benton athletes won the 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
Cameron Barnett took the 400 in 51.35. Sean Loftin captured the 800 in 2:08.55. Dylan Scott won the 1,600 in 4:54.53. Chandler Burns took the 3,200 in 10:43.93.
Benton’s J.D. Carrier finished third in the 1,600 and 3,200. Hunter Burroughs was third in the 300 hurdles. Benton finished runner-up in the 4X400 in 3:29.72. Northwood won in 3:27.64.
Bossier’s James Davis (200) and Benton’s McLane Smith (800) also posted third-place finishes.
The Tigers were also strong in the field, winning four events.
Shaw Malley and Jeremy Hall finished 1-2 in the pole vault. Both cleared 12-0 with Malley finishing first on fewer misses. The height was Hall’s personal best.
Johntavious Johnson, who received the Outstanding Performance award, captured the triple jump with a 44-1, more than a foot better than his previous best this season. He also finished third in the long jump.
Dylan Plunkett won the javelin with a 149-4.5, the best throw in the parish this season.
Xavier Perry took the high jump with a 6-4, two inches under his season best. Bossier’s Decamerion Richardson was second with a 6-2.
Benton’s Will Cox was the runner-up in the shot put with a 49-10. North DeSoto’s Johnny Mitchell won with a 50-9. Cox also finished third in the discus.
Benton’s Kenneth Gay finished third in the javelin.
District 1-1A: Plain Dealing’s Teunna Perry, who signed with Southern University on Tuesday, won the girls high jump in the District 1-1A meet at Haynesville with a leap of 4-8.
She also finished third in the long jump with a 17-3.25 and the triple jump with a 35-9. The Lady Lions’ Niarelle Scott was second in the shot put in 32-11.
Plain Dealing’s Josh Williams finished runner-up in the boys’ 1,600
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org