Elm Grove and Greenacres won titles in the Benton Middle School track meet on Wednesday.
The meet was postponed a day because of rain Monday night and Tuesday. Because of the conditions, only track events were held Wednesday.
Elm Grove took the girls and seventh-grade boys titles. The Lady Eagles scored 99.5 points. Cope finished second with 54 and Haughton was third with 48. The Eagles scored 108 points to 50 for runner-up Cope.
Greenacres won the eighth-grade boys division with 84 points. Cope finished runner-up with 54 points, two more than third-place Benton.
Haughton’s Jianna Stewartburgess was a triple winner in the girls division. She won the 400-meter dash in 1 minute, 4.42 seconds, the 800 in 2:33.32 and the 1,600 in 5:53.30.
All three of Stewartburgess’ times were impressive. Her 800 time would be good enough for the No. 2 spot in the Bossier Parish high school leaders this season and only about five seconds off the best time.
The 400 and 1,600 times are only about two seconds slower than the third-best high school times this season in those events.
Elm Grove’s Sh’Diamond McKnight was a double winner, taking the 100 in 13.05 and the 200 in 26.80.
Elm Grove’s Peyton Pipes won the 100 hurdles in 17.49 and ran on the Lady Eagles’ winning 4X400 relay team. Pipes, Carly Fink, Alexis Williams and Bianca Oliver ran a 4:41.68.
Elm Grove also won the 4X200. Alicia Hartman, Kyla Williams, Paris Broom and Jillian Walton ran a 1:54.32.
Greenacres’ Brianna Taylor, Carley Jackson, Shaterria Jones and Shaudria Harvey combined to win the 4X100 in 52.98. Elm Grove finished second.
Cope’s Iesha-Baldwin Taylor was the runner-up in the 400 in 1:06.47 and the hurdles in 17.87.
Harvey finished second in the 100 in 13.08. Other second-place finishers were Cope’s Brykayla Hampton (200, 28.01), Benton’s Jessica Willis (800, 2:51.58) and Elm Grove’s Justina Vo (1,600, 6:12.89).
Elm Grove’s James Jordan was a quadruple winner in the seventh-grade boys division. He won the 100 in 12.33, the 200 in 25.72, the 400 in 1:02.81 and the 100 hurdles in 15.03.
The 100 was close with James edging Rusheon’s Jaylyn Williams by .06 seconds. Haughton’s Chris Lindsey was second in the 200 in 25.84.
Elm Grove’s Colby Stevenson finished .30 seconds behind Jordan in the 400. Benton’s Luke Ward was second in the hurdles in 17.47.
Elm Grove runners went 1-2 in the 800. Teddress Nelams won in 2:33.37 and Fabian Eias was second in 2:34.80.
Rusheon’s Levi Volcheck won the 1,600 in 5:37.62. Cope’s Clayton Frye was second in 5:40.25.
Haughton’s Zion Nelson, Lindsey, Caleb McClinton and DJ Gladney teamed to win the 4X100 relay in 51.13.
Rusheon’s T. Nash, DJ Lamette, Zachary McGhee and Williams combined to capture the 4X200 in 1:49.36.
Nelams, Eias and Stevenson ran on Haughton’s winning 4X400 team along with Jayden Hardy. They ran a 4:22.17.
Greenacres’ Steve Damian was the only double-winner in the eighth-grade boys division. He won the 800 in 2:20.05 and the 1,600 in 5:21.74.
Damian also ran on the Mustangs’ winning 4X400 relay team.
In one of the day’s best races, Cope’s Jordan Harvey won the 100 in 12.03, beating Greenacres’ Jaquarius Rabon by one-hundredth of a second.
Benton’s Tyler Williams took the 200 in 23.98 with Harvey finishing second in 24.21.
Elm Grove’s Anthony Salazar and Cameron Darden finished 1-2 in the 400. Salazar ran a 57.82, beating Darden by .07 seconds.
Benton’s Nick Allums was second in the 800 in 2:22.48. Greenacres’ Jacob Smith finished second in the 1,600 in 5:41.36.
Greenacres’ Alex Garcia took the 100 hurdles in 14.66, .16 seconds ahead of Cope’s Devin Bilbo.
Rusheon’s Jamall Asberry, Anthony Watson, Triston Rounds and Isaiah Taylor combined to win the 4X100 relay in 47.75.
Benton’s Justin Johnson, Owen Wainscott, Clint Lasiter and Williams teamed to win the 4X200 in 1:40.09.
Greenacres’ Rabon, Garcia, Damian and Jordan Boyd took the 4X400 in 3:56.00.
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