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High school boys track and field: Benton, Airline finish 2-3 in Viking Relays


Benton and Airline finished second and third, respectively, in the Airline Viking Relays Thursday at Airline.

Benton scored 84.3 points and Airline had 71. Mansfield won with 95.

The final two events (3,200-meter run and 4X400 relay) weren’t held because of lightning and rain.

There were no double winners from parish schools, but Benton senior Davis Sellers came close. He won the discus with a throw of 144 feet, 6 inches and finished second in the shot put with a 43-2.

Airline’s Jae’lon Shumake won the shot put with a 43-10 1/2. His teammate, Malik Word, finished second in the discus with a 127–6.

Haughton’s John Ecot and Benton’s Mason Haley were the only other winners in individual events from parish schools.

Ecot won the 100-meter dash in 11.0 seconds, beating Northwood’s Mar’javious Moss by by .15 seconds.

Haley took the 800 in 2:04.31. Loyola’s Tyler Hornsby was second in 2:07.24.

Benton won the 4X800 relay in 9:05.87. Loyola finished second in 9:17.

Benton’s Anthony Ardoin, Mark Perry and Mason Neill placed second in their respective events.

In a close 1,600, Ardoin finished just behind Loyola’s Franklin Roemer. Ardoin ran a 4:57.70. Roemer ran a 4:56.25.

Perry cleared 6-0 in the high jump, two inches lower than Mansfield’s Nick Bailey.

Neill went 10-6 in the pole vault, six inches lower than Natchitoches Central’s Samuel Maggio.

Bossier’s Waunkeyus Manning was second in the long jump with a 21-7. Mansfield’s Dequinton Robertson won with a 23-1.

Third-place finishers in individual events from parish schools were Benton’s Austin Parker (1,60), Airline’s Cameron Jefferson (200), Haughton’s Amyron Lars (long jump), Benton’s Mark Perry (triple jump) and Airline’s Tyson Burns (pole vault).

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