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High school boys track and field: Parkway claims 1-5A title by a half-point over runner-up Benton


The Parkway Panthers won the District 1-5A championship by the slimmest of margins Thursday at Benton’s Tiger Stadium.

Parkway scored 108.5 points, a half-point ahead of runner-up Benton. Last year, the Tigers shared the championship with Captain Shreve.

Airline finished third, giving Bossier Parish teams a sweep of the top three spots. Natchitoches Central was fourth with 78.5 and Haughton fifth with 69.

The title was Parkway’s first since the school began competing in 1-5A in 2012.

Parkway went into the 4X400-meter relay, the final event of the meet, with 98.5 points. Benton had 104.

The Panthers foursome of Jayson Williams, Gabriel Falting, Edward Moses and Will Achee won in 3 minutes, 28.43 seconds, 1.6 seconds ahead of Byrd, and Parkway tallied 10 more points..

The Tigers foursome of Austin Richard, Zacchaues Zeiglar, Mark Perry and Ashton Jordan finished fourth in 3:35.30, just .41 seconds behind third-place Byrd. The four points for the finish dropped Benton to second by the half-point margin.

Of course, the 4X400 just happens to be the final event. A different finish in any of the other events could’ve altered the outcome.

While there were some outstanding performances, the quest for personal-best times and distances took a backseat to qualifying for the Region I-5A meet Wednesday at Northwestern State. The top four individuals and relay teams in each event qualified.

Parkway also won the 4X800 relay, the first track event of the meet.

The foursome of Charlie Ruliffson, Gary Smith, Adrian Orellano and Jesus Cordova ran an 8:44.03. Benton’s Anthony Ardoin, Ashton Kerr, Austin Parker and Bernebe Mancilla finished second in 8:52.34.

Benton’s Mason Haley won the 800 in 2:00.08, edging Haughton’s Kenneth Smith by .56.

Haley also finished second in the 1,600 in 4:31.41. Byrd’s Trent Wells won in 4:26.53.

Wells and Haley also finished 1-2 in the 3,200. Wells ran a 9:55.14 and Haley a 10:07.45.

Airline athletes swept the hurdles. Kye Lehr won the 110 in 15.62, .52 faster than runner-up Tyler Stewart of Haughton.

Jeremiah Boudreaux took the 300 in 39.63, .29 faster than second-place Lehr.

Boudreaux also ran on the Vikings’ winning 4X200 relay team with Cameron Jefferson, Daxton Chavez and Justin Washington.

Airline’s time of 1:29.19 was a season and parish best. The Parkway foursome of Camaro Mayo, Greg Chitman, Williams and Will Achee was second in 1:30.26.

Boudreaux and Benton’s Perry both cleared 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump. But Perry took first with fewer misses. Perry also qualified for the regional meet in the long and triple jumps.

Benton’s Davis Sellers won the discus with a season-best throw of 153-2. Parkway’s Devon Oliver was second with a season-best 147-5.

Benton’s Jeffrey King captured the javelin with a season-best throw of 158-7. His teammate Cole Austin took second with a season-best 156-9.

Parkway’s Jaylan White finished second in the 100 in 11.03, .21 behind Captain Shreve’s Marquez Stevenson.

White also ran the anchor leg on the Panthers’ runner-up 4X100 relay team. Demontayvious Blackwell, Greg Chitman, Williams and White ran a 42.83. Captain Shreve won in 42.20 with Stevenson running the anchor.

Haughton’s John Ecot took second in the 200 in a season-best 22.30. Southwood’s Travion Johnson won in 22.22.

Haughton’s Laiden Broadway was second in the pole vault with a 13-0, just 4 inches lower than the school record he set last week. Natchitoches Central’s Sammy Maggio won with a 13-6.

Airline’s Jae’lon Shumake captured second in the shot put with a season-best 46-2. Captain Shreve’s Kaleb McHenry won with a 47-11.

Parkway’s Mayo was second in the long jump with a 20-7.5, just 2.5 inches shorter than Natchitoches Central’s Demarion Sowell.

Parkway’s Falting was third in the 1,600 in 4:45.14 and 3,200 in 10:08.83.

Other third-place finishers from parish schools in individual events were Benton’s Ashton Jordan (400, 51.14), Haughton’s John Brown (300 hurdles, 42.02), Parkway’s Savion Bell (high jump, 5-8), Airline’s Tyson Burns (pole vault, 12-0), Benton’s Clifford Jordan (long jump, 20-3.5), Benton’s Perry (triple jump, 42-11), Parkway’s Jake Morton (shot put, 45-8) and Airline’s Malik Word (discus, 140-5).

The Airline team of Jefferson, Chavez, Boudreaux and Washington finished third in the 4X100 in 43.13.

The Haughton team of Trey Smith, Jaylin Ealy, Demetri Williams and Chris Mayes took third in the 4X400 in 3:34.89,

The Haughton team of Tyler Villarreal, Jason Zahm, Jared Allen and Carlos Obregon finished third in the 4X800 in 9:17.57.

Fourth-place finishers in individual events from parish schools were Haughton’s Ecot (100, 11.22), Parkway’s Achee (400, 52.11), Airline’s Gabe Laval (800, 2:03.53), Parkway’s Andrew Kent (3,200, 10:18.50), Haughton’s Brown (110 hurdles, 16.96), Haughton’s Demarshae Frager (high jump, 5-8), Benton’s Perry (20-1.75), Parkway’s Oliver (shot put, 45-0), Parkway’s Morton (discus, 132-11) and Haughton’s Chase Tolbert (javelin, 140-0.5).

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