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High school track and field: Benton’s Davis repeats as high jump champ; parish athletes fare well at state meet

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Benton junior Taylor Davis successfully defended her title in the Class 4A girls high jump in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Outdoor Track & Field Meet Saturday at LSU.

Davis was the only athlete to clear 5 feet, 6 inches, making it on her first attempt. She attempted to equal her winning height of 5-8 last year but failed on three attempts.

Davis also took fourth in the triple jump with a 37-4.5. She was the only state champion from Bossier Parish, but several other competitors made it to the medal stand.

Airline senior Brittney Roberson capped an outstanding career with a runner-up finish in the Class 5A girls 400-meter dash and a third-place finish in the 200.

She ran the 400 in 56.61 seconds, .80 behind Indya Jackson of Zachary. Roberson ran a 25.52 in the 200. ASH’s Cenequal Sewell won in 24.82.

Airline sophomore Will Dart finished runner-up in the Class 5A boys 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600. He ran a school record 9:35.33 in the 3,200, about 13 seconds slower than Brother Martin’s Hunter Appleton.

Dart ran a 4:21.73 in the 1,600. Fontainebleau’s Adam Wise won in 4:18.23.

Haughton finished second in the Class 5A boys 4X200 relay and third in the 4X100. Clyde English, Lavonta Gipson, Emile Cola and Kynan Hayes ran a 1:26.96 in the 4X200, .52 behind Zachary. Kason Green, Gipson, Cola and Hayes ran a 41.70 in the 4X100. Zachary won in 41.41.

Plain Dealing senior Teunna Perry finished runner-up in the Class 1A girls long jump Friday with a 17-11.25 and third in the triple jump with a 35-6.5. Jonesboro-Hodge’s Kaprecia’ Cowans won both, including a class record of 38-11.5 in the triple.

Benton’s Xavier Perry was the runner-up in the Class 4A boys high jump. He and Cecilia’s Jevon Berry both cleared 6-6. Berry made it on his second attempt and Perry on his third.

Benton’s Peyton Reeder made it to the awards stand with a third-place finish in the Class 4A girls 100 hurdles in 15.69. McDonogh 35’s Mone Octave won in 14.84.

Benton’s Will Cox was fourth in the Class 4A boys shot put with a 49-5.25 and fifth in the discus with a 142-10.

Benton’s Dylan Plunkett finished fifth in the Class 4A boys javelin with a 154-8. Benton’s Breanna Bundy tied for fifth in the Class 4A girls pole vault with a 9-0.

Benton’s Sean Loftin (4A boys 800), Airline’s Taejon Morris (5A boys 800), Benton’s Kristen Glovier (4A girls discus) and Plain Dealing’s Niarelle Scott (1A girls discus) posted sixth-place finishes.

Airline’s Melanie Bailiff finished her outstanding career with first-place finishes in the ambulatory para-ambulatory girls 100, 200, shot put and discus.

Lafayette High’s Armando Duplantis closed his brilliant high school career with a world junior record 19-5.5 in the pole vault. He is headed to LSU in the fall.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com.