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High school track and field: Benton wins girls division in West Monroe meet; parish athletes post high finishes


Benton won the girls division in the Coach Jack Williams Relays in West Monroe on Friday.

The Lady Tigers scored 103 points to 88 for runner-up Ruston. Ouachita Parish was third with 85 and Parkway fourth with 82.

Benton’s Jamie Willis swept the hurdles as she has done all season, taking the 100 meters in 15.15 seconds and the 300 in 49.36.

Isabelle Russell won the 1,600 in 5:31.39, her best time this season. She finished 3.6 seconds ahead of runner-up Parker Nations of Ruston.

Russell also ran on the Lady Tigers’ winning 4X800 relay team with Halle Hassett, Jenevieve Willis and Mary Frances Valentine. They ran a 11:22.45. Parkway was second in 11:26.10.

Airline senior Brianna Taylor made her season debut in the individual sprints and swept them both.

She won the 100 in 12.27, .53 ahead of runner-up Kyla Williams of Parkway. Benton’s Havyn Puckett was third in 13.00.

Taylor won the 200 in 26.20, 1.05 ahead of second place Haylei Sonia of Neville.

Taylor is the defending District 1-5A champion in the 100 and 200. Her 100 time Friday was the best by a parish athlete this season.

Until Friday’s meet, she had run only relays as she recovered from some minor injuries suffered in a car accident in early February, her grandfather, Kevin Pickens, said in a Facebook post.

Benton’s Addyson Hulett and Erykah Pepp finished 2-3 in the 400. Hulett ran a 1:01.71 and Pepp a 1:02.25. Hulett’s time was the best in the parish this season.

Ouachita Christian’s Jayden Ellerman won in 1:00.36.

Parkway’s Cheyenne Olson placed second in the 3,200 in 12:23.35. Ruston’s Marina Givens won in 12:12.44.

Parkway won the 4X100 relay in 49.32, the best in the parish this season. The Lady Panthers had the previous best of 49.79. 

Parkway finished second in the 4X200 in 1:46.14, also lowering its own parish season best. Ouachita Parish won in 1:45.37.

Parkway’s Maya Jackson took the triple jump with a leap of 33 feet, 7 inches, 1-6 farther than runner-up Linler Loveland of Ouachita Christian.

Benton’s Sadie Hamby finished second in the javelin with a throw of 98-5.5 and third in the discus with a 102-5. Ruston’s Autumn Craig won the former with a 100-2 and the latter with a 115-0.

Airline’s Arriana Hill won the high jump with a 5-2, 4 inches higher than three competitors, including teammate Janiyah Boudreaux.

Airline’s Jessie Frank won the pole vault with an 8-6. Benton’s Hulett also cleared 8-6, but Frank won on fewer misses.

Parkway’s Jayla James was third in the shot put with a toss of 34 feet, 2 inches. Ruston’s Craig won with a 37-10 1/2.

Parkway finished third in the boys division with 71 points. Ouachita Parish won with 103 and Ouachita Christian was second with 77. Benton finished fifth with 55.

Benton’s Mason Haley took the 1,600 in 4:32.75. Ruston’s Thomas Rogers was a close second in 4:33.63.

Benton’s Davis Sellers won the discus with a throw of 134-20. Airline’s Malik Word was second with a 132-0 and Parkway’s Devon Oliver third with a 131-4.

Benton’s Mark Perry won the high jump with a leap of 6-4, 2 inches higher than Jahzell Jackson of West Ouachita. He also finished third in the triple jump with a 40-10. Ouachita Parish’s Jeffrey Nelson won with an impressive 47-9.

Parkway’s Jaylan White was second in the 100 in 10.99, .11 slower than Austin Willis of Ouachita Parish. White’s teammate Greg Chitman finished third in 11.24.

Chitman was second in the 200 in 22.94. Ouachita Parish’s Omari Randle won in 22.56.

Parkway’s Will Achee took second in the 400 in 52.78. Ouachita Christian’s Patrick Brocato won in 52.07.

The Parkway foursome of Noah Fox, Adrian Orellano, Gary Smith and Gabriel Falting finished second in the 4X800 in 8:30.43, the best in the parish this season. Ouachita Christian won in 8:29.51.

Falting finished third in the 3,200 in 9:58.62. Ruston’s Rogers won in 9:50.84.

Parkway was also second in the 4X200 in 1:31.71. Ouachita Parish won in 1:28.85.

Benton’s Mason Neill and Airline’s Tyson Burns both cleared 11-6 in the pole vault with Neill getting third on fewer misses. West Ouachita’s OliverA McCurdy won with a 13-6.

Airline’s Gabe Laval finished third in the 800 in 2:10.15. Pineville’s Justin Descant won in 2:05.71.

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