The Haughton Buccaneers and Benton Lady Tigers finished runner-up in the boys and girls divisions, respectively, Thursday in the Shamocus Patton Memorial Benton Tiger Relays sponsored by Home Federal Bank.
The meet was the first one of the outdoor season.
Monroe Ouachita Parish swept the boys and girls titles. The Lions scored 111 points, edging Haughton by nine. West Monroe finished third with 85 2/3.
The Lady Lions scored 112 points. Benton was second with 93 and Parkway third with 83.
Haughton teammates Josh Lister and Kynan Hayes finished 1-2 in the boys 100. Lister, who won the 60 in the state indoor meet, ran a 10.58. Hayes ran an 11.04.
Lister and Hayes also ran on the Bucs’ winning 4X100 and 4X200 relay teams along with Lavonta Gipson and Emile Cola. Haughton ran a 42.46 in the 4X100 and 1:30.06 in the 4X200. The Bucs are the defending 5A state champion in the 4X100.
Haughton completed a sweep of the relays with a victory in the 4X400, the last event of the meet. Kason Green, Greg Phil, Nathan Merrill and Clyde English ran a 3:38.25. The Benton foursome of Johntavious Johnson, Hunter Burroughs, Michael Schoth and Cameron Barnett finished a close second in 3:38.80.
The only other Bossier Parish winners in the boys’ division on the track were Haughton’s Derion Phil (200, 23.47) and Parkway’s Cole Billiot (800, 2:03.75).
Benton’s Conner Toms and Haughton’s David Leitnaker both cleared 11 feet in the pole vault.
Bossier’s Xavier Venious finished second in the 110 hurdles. Cola was second in the high jump.
Third-place finishers from Bossier Parish schools were Haughton’s Clyde English (400), Benton’s Sean Loftin (800), Parkway’s David Morgan (1,600), Benton’s John Westmoreland (300 hurdles), Benton’s Hunter Hartman (pole vault) and Haughton’s Greg Phil (long jump).
Ouachita Parish scored big in the 400, going 1-2. The Lions’ Christian Credit swept the hurdles.
OPS also went 1-2 in the long jump and won the triple jump.
Parish athletes had more success in the girls division.
Benton’s KeKe West was a double winner, taking the long jump with a leap of 17-5.5 and the triple jump with a 36-7.5.
Parkway’s Adrianna Wilder and Lindsey Hutcheson swept the distance events.
Wilder, the 3,200 state indoor champ, won the 1,600 in 5:25.92. Lakeside’s Alissa Lander, last season’s Class 2A runner-up, was second in 5:39.10. Hutcheson won the 3,200 in 12:34.60.
Benton’s Peyton Reeder won the 300 hurdles in 51.30. Benton’s Taylor Davis, the runner-up in the state indoor meet, won the high jump with a leap of 5-4. She was also third in the triple jump.
Haughton’s Jenna Blank took the pole vault, clearing a height of 9-4. Bossier’s Navia Johnson won the shot put with a toss of 34-5.
Benton’s Rheagan White won the discus with a 104. She also finished third in the shot put
Two of the top performers in the state went head to head in the javelin. St. Mary’s Katie Aldredge, last season’s Class 1A runner-up, won with a 110-8. She edged Haughton’s Savannah O’Neal, the 2016 5A runner-up, by one inch.
Parkway’s Niaya Fant finished second in the 200 and the long jump. Other runners-up from Bossier Parish schools were Parkway’s Jordan Dukes (100), Haughton’s Genet Leist (100 hurdles) and Haughton’s Mary Gladney (shot put).
Benton’s Shayla Lee, Haley Smith, Georgia Carroway and Breanna Bundy combined for a runner-up finish in the 4X200 relay. Wilder and Hutcheson combined with Claire Carlyle and Jazz Rasouliyan for a second-place finish in the 4X400.
Other third-place finishers from Bossier Parish schools were Bossier’s Haniyah Lemons (400), Parkway’s Carly Hanson (1,600), Benton’s Bundy (pole vault) and Benton’s Hannah Parker (discus).
Benton’s Lee, Smith, West and Adrianna Howard combined to finish third in the 4X100.
Ouachita Parish dominated the sprints and won two of the three relays.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com