Cope won two titles and Elm Grove one as the Bossier Parish middle school track and field season wrapped up Tuesday with the district championship meet at Airline.
Cope rolled up 184 points in the girls division. Benton finished second with 99 followed by Haughton (56), Greenacres (54.5) and Elm Grove (52).
Elm Grove scored 145 points in the eighth-grade boys division. Cope was runner-up with 73.5 followed by Benton (65), Rusheon (53) and Haughton (44.5).
Cope scored 113 points in the seventh-grade boys division. Greenacres and Rusheon tied for second with 63. Haughton was fourth with 60 followed by Elmo Grove (53) and Benton (47).
Benton’s Hannah Parker was a double winner. Her winning throw of 26-10 in the shot put was one inch farther than Elm Grove’s Shanna Abdeljabar. Parker won the discus with a 74-6. Teammate Abbie Wynn was second with a 66-9.
Cope’s Tamayah McMillon and Malia Morton finished 1-2 in the 200. McMillon ran a 30.72 to Morris’ 30.80.
Elm Grove’s Victoria Morris won the 1,600 with late kick in an extremely close finish. Morris ran a 6:23.17. Cope’s Avery Meeks, who won the event in the first two meets, was second in 6:23.39.
Meeks won the 800 for the third straight week. She ran a 2:54.44. Cope’s Alizeonna King was second in 2:57.49.
In another close race, Haughton’s Kacee Hernandez edged Cope’s Ski Thompson in the 100 hurdles by .02 seconds. Hernandez ran an 18.63 and Thompson an 18.65.
Thompson won the 400 in 1:10.17. edging Benton’s Makenzie Chaffin by .14 seconds.
Chaffin won the long jump for the third straight week with a 13-5 3/4. Greenacres’ Sha’kiya Devers was a close second with a 13-5 1/4.
Cope’s Keiarra McCoy, sister of Airline basketball and track standout Kei McCoy, won the 100 in 14.40. Benton’s Hayley Smith was second in 14.68.
Benton’s Taylor Davis completed an outstanding season in high jump, winning with a leap of 5-1. That would’ve finished third in the Region I-5A meet. Haughton’s Hannah Robinson and Cope’s Kari Smith both jumped 4-6 with Robinson taking second on fewer misses.
Davis leaped a season-best 5-3 at the Haughton meet last week. That would’ve won the Region I-5A meet.
Cope swept the relays, winning the 4X200 in 1:58.46, the 4X100 in 55.95 and the 4X400 in 4:58.40. McMillon, McCoy, Morton and Brooklyn Casey teamed to win the 4X200 and 4X100. The foursome of Jenni Cullen, Casey, Meeks and McCoy won the 4X400.
Elm Grove, Greenacres and Benton finished runner-up in those respective events.
In the eighth-grade boys division, Elm Grove’s Scott Perez and Amani Larry were double winners.
Perez finished undefeated in the 800 and 1,600 for the season. He ran a 5:20.74 in the 1,600. Benton’s Reese Yarbrough finished second in 5:33.76. Perez ran a 2:22.31 in the 800. Benton’s Caleb Reese was second in 2:24.42.
Larry won the 100 hurdles in 16.52. He finished the season undefeated in that event. Elm Grove’s Alec Crain was second in 16.60. Larry also won the 200 with Benton’s Johntavious Johnson taking second.
Rusheon’s Daniel Moore won the 100 and finished second in the long jump. His 100 time was 12.65. Haughton’s Derion Phill was second in 13.05.
Moore went 17-5 in the long jump. Haughton’s Quint Mitchell won with a 17-7. Mitchell was undefeated on the season.
Elm Grove’s Ted Nelhams also finished the season undefeated in the 400. His winning time was 58.56. Rusheon’s Travontay Griffin was second in 59.92.
Rusheon’s Montrez Henderson won the discus with a toss of 45-11. Cope Jordan Ebling was second with a 41-11.
Elm Grove’s Kentavious Morris won with high jump with a 5-5, one inch higher than Rusheon’s Jacoby Decker.
Elm Grove’s Kye Scott won the discus with a 103, edging Benton’s Brad Fream by a foot.
Cope swept the relays, taking the 4X200 in 1:43.52, the 4X100 in 49.36 and the 4X400 in 4:04.67. Elm Grove finished second in the 4X100 and the 4X400. Haughton was second in the 4X200.
In the seventh-grade boys division, Cope’s Will Dart swept the 800 and 1,600 for the third straight week.
Dart ran a 2:27.15 in the 800 and a 5:18.66 in the 1,600, winning by a wide margin in both. Benton’s Justin Cleveland took second in 800 in 2:33.34 and Benton’s Daegan Covington finished runner-up in the 1,600 in 5:44.03.
Greenacres’ Tommy Williams won the 100 hurdles in 16.20. Haughton’s CJ McWilliams took second in 16.93.
Cope’s Brandon Marshall won the 400 in 57.71. Haughton’s McWilliams was second in 1:10.92.
Haughton’s Keyshawn Davis won the 200 in 26.02. Cope’s Brian Marshall was second in 26.50
Cope’s Jamal Johnson ran a 12.49 to win the 100, beating Rusheon’s Ja’Keldrick Thomas by .21 seconds.
Thomas went an impressive 18-5 to win the long jump. Cope’s Brandon Marshall was second with a 16-0.
Rusheon’s Malik Green had an outstanding performance in the high jump, winning with a 5-3. Greenacres’ Brian Marshall and Cope’s Daniel Smith both jumped 4-10 with Marshall getting second on fewer misses.
Elm Grove’s John Paul Christner won the discus with a toss of 94-6. Cope’s Brandon Triplett was second with an 86-9.
Rusheon’s Kedrick Henderson captured the shot put with a throw of 37-3. Greenacres’ Ben Dillon was the runner-up with a 33-7.
Cope won the 4X200 relay in 1:46.86 and the 4X400 in 4:17.51. Rusheon took the 4X100 in 50.58. Greenacres was runner-up in all three.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org