It was only a fifth-place finish but it was big for the Parkway Lady Panthers.
The finish in the 4X400-meter relay, the final event of Thursday’s District 1-5A meet at Benton’s Tiger Stadium, netted the Lady Panthers two points.
With Benton getting four points for finishing fourth, the fifth-place finish gave Parkway the district championship for the second year in a row.
The Lady Panthers scored 129 points. Runner-up Benton had 127.5.
Benton finished less than a second behind third-place Byrd.
Of course, the 4X400 just happens to be the last event. A different finish in any of the other events could’ve altered the outcome.
Airline finished third with 89 points, giving Bossier Parish teams the top three spots. Byrd was fourth with 85 and Haughton fifth with 68.5.
While there were some, posting outstanding times and distances took a backseat to qualifying for Wednesday’s Region I-5A meet at Northwestern State. The top four individuals and relay teams in each event qualified.
Benton’s Jamie Willis continued her outstanding junior season, winning four events.
Running against the wind, she took the 100-meter hurdles in 15.65 seconds. She won the 300 hurdles in 47.56.
Before running the hurdles events, Willis took the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 10.5 inches and triple jump with a 34-5. It was only her second time to compete in the latter event.
Airline senior Brianna Taylor also had a big day. She won the 100 dash in 12.6 and 400 in 57.96. It was her first time to run the latter event this season.
Taylor also finished second in the 200 in 24.76, just .04 behind Southwood’s Rondisia Williams.
Benton junior Isabelle Russell won the 1,600 in 5:33.15 and was second in the 800. In one of the day’s best races, Russell ran a 2:30.47 in the 800, her best time this season. But Byrd’s Laila Wells held her off at the finish line in 2:29.27.
Parkway junior Mikaylah Williams won the discus with a throw of 125-9. That was almost nine feet farther than her second-place throw in the Class 5A state meet last year.
Parkway won the 4X100 and 4X200 relays.
The foursome of Maya Jackson, Kennedi Lee, Jillian Walton and Kyla Williams ran a 48.24 in the 4X400, .69 faster than Southwood.
The same group ran a 1:43.15 in the 4X200. Airline’s Taylor, Jaycie Wallace, Janiyah Boudreaux and Zamiyah Kitchen finished second in 1:46.67.
Airline’s Arriana Hill continued her domination of the high jump, winning with a leap of 5-2, 1 inch higher than Parkway’s Ty’lissa Henderson.
Airline’s Jessie Frank also posted another victory in the pole vault. She cleared a season-best 10-0. Benton’s Addyson Hulett was second with a 9-0.
Hulett also finished second in the 400 behind Taylor in 1:01.30.
Parkway’s Jayla James took the shot put with a season-best toss of 35-5, 2-2.5 farther than Captain Shreve’s Lauren Hall.
Parkway sophomore Chloe Larry captured the javelin with a season-best 121-4.
Benton’s Sadie Hamby finished second in the javelin with a season-best 109-9 and the discus with a 110-0.
Haughton freshman Kinsley Brotherton finished second in the 100 hurdles in 17.59 and third in the 300 in 51.29.
Parkway sophomore Cheyenne Olson was second in the 1,600 in 5:46.41 and third in the 3,200 in 13:51.92.
Parkway’s Jackson finished second in the triple jump with a 34-1, 3.5 inches shorter than Willis.
Haughton’s Dakota Howard took second in the long jump with a 16-3.5, 6.5 inches shorter than Willis.
The Haughton foursome of Shelby Haley, Ashlyn Wilkerson, Lowrey Lain and Aubrey Gray finished second in the 4X800 relay in 11:26.20. Byrd won in 11:16.03.
Airline’s Janiyah Boudreaux was third in the 100 hurdles in 17.68, high jump with a 4-10 and long jump with a 15-9.25.
Other third-place finishers from parish schools in individual events were Parkway’s Walton (100, 12.59), Benton’s Eryka Pepp (400, 1:01.52), Benton’s Kaitlyn Masters (pole vault, 8-6), Haughton’s Haley (pole vault, 8-6), Parkway’s Aja Tellis (triple jump, 32-3) and Parkway’s Amoree Williams (shot put, 31-9).
The Haughton team of Beautiful Abney, Tykiarre Abney, Ah’Naiya Green and Howard took third in the 4X100 relay in 50.71,
The Benton foursome of Taylor Rochelle, Allie Maranto, Havyn Puckett and Pepp finished third in the 4X200 in 1:48.32.
The Benton foursome of Rylie Emerson, Emmalyn Burns, Halle Hassett and Jenevieve Willis was third in the 4X800 in 11:34.18.
Fourth-place finishers in individual events from parish schools were Parkway’s Walton (200, 25.82), Parkway’s Olson (800, 2:38.31), Parkway’s Ember Pierce (3,200, 14:16.19), Airline’s Kyara Fite (100 hurdles, 17.86; triple jump, 31-8), Haughton’s Shenae Penn (300 hurdles, 52.53), Parkway’s Williams (high jump, 4-6), Parkway’s Jackson (long jump, 15-9), Haughton’s Anaya Kennon (shot put, 31-9.5), Benton’s Trinity Grigsby (discus, 86-7) and Haughton’s Brooklynn Bockhaus (javelin, 104-3).
The Haughton team of Abney, Abney, Alliya Hogan and Howard took fourth in the 4X200 in 1:48.38.
Benton’s fourth-place 4X400 team was comprised of Elizabeth Auttrey, Hulett, Jenevieve Willis and Pepp. They ran a 4:20.05.
The Parkway team of Laila Brimmer, Ariel Morrow, Lauren Taylor and Landry Johnson finished fourth in the 4X800 in 12:28.23.