Benton swept the boys and girls titles in the Region I-4A track and field meet Wednesday at Benton.
The Lady Tigers, who repeated as champs, scored 91 points to 63 for runner-up Leesville. Buckeye finished third with 57.
The Tigers tallied 100 points. Neville was second with 69 and Northwood third with 47.
It was Benton’s first boys title since 2015.
The top three finishers in each event qualified for the Class 4A Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Meet on May 5 at LSU.
Benton was the Class 4A runner-up in the girls division last season.
Benton’s Taylor Davis won both of her specialties in the girls division. She took the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches and the triple jump with a 37-11.5.
Davis is the defending 4A state champion in the high jump. Her height was two inches under her personal best.
Her mark in the triple jump was a season-best by six inches. Davis edged Leesville’s Kaulliauna Powers by a half-inch.
Peyton Reeder won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.88 seconds and finished second in the 300 in 49.16. Both times were her best this season. Neville’s Kyrsten Bosley, the 2017 state runner-up, won the 300 in a sizzling 47.06.
Breanna Bundy and Georgia Carroway finished 1-2 in the pole vault. Bundy went 9-6 and Carroway 8-6. Both tied their season bests.
Other Benton state meet qualifiers in the girls division were Qua Chambers (400, 1:01.71), Jada Anderson (long jump, 16-8.5) and Kristen Glovier (discus, 90-2).
Anderson’s distance was her best this season.
Benton had three regional champions in the boys division.
Sean Loftin captured the 800 in 2:04.73, his best time this season. He defeated Franklin Parish’s Desmond Johnson by a little less than a second.
Jeremy Hall took the pole vault with a personal-best 12-6, six inches higher than his mark in the District 1-4A meet last week.
Xavier Perry won the high jump, tying his best this season with a 6-4. Four other competitors leaped 6-2, including Bossier’s Decamerion Richardson. Richardson finished tied for fourth with places based on fewer misses.
Benton’s Will Cox qualified for the state meet in the two weight events. He finished second in the shot put with a 47-6 and third in the discus with a 142-4. His distance in the discus was his best this season.
Cameron Barnett took second in the 400 in 51.13. Neville’s Eli Williams won in 50.63.
Chandler Burns was second in the 3,200 in 10:48.36.
Other state meet qualifiers from Benton in the boys division were Dylan Plunkett (javelin, 155-3), Hunter Burroughs (300 hurdles, 41.35) and Dylan Scott (1,600, 4:49.77.)
Plunkett’s distance was almost six feet farther than his previous best this season. Burroughs’ time was his best this season.
James Davis, who finished third in the 200 in 22.19, was Bossier’s lone qualifier.
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