Parish athletes post high finishes in Junior Olympic meet

Pictured:¬†Parkway senior Adrianna Wilder, shown above in the District 1-5A meet last spring, finished sixth in the 17-18 women’s 3,000-meter run in the USATF Hershey Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships last month in Lawrence, Kan.
Russell Hedges

Benton junior Taylor Davis and Parkway senior Adrianna Wilder both posted high finishes at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships last month in Lawrence, Kan.

Davis finished third in the 15-16 girls high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 7 inches. She cleared the height on her third and final attempt.

Alysah Hickey also cleared 5-7. She was the runner-up because she made the jump on her second attempt.

Annika Williams won with a leap of 5-8 3/4. Forty competitors from across the country competed in the event, qualifying as Davis did in regional meets.

Davis is the reigning Class 4A state champion, winning with a 5-8 jump at LSU in May.

Davis also finished 13 out of 42 competitors in the 15-16 triple jump with a 37-11 1/4.

Wilder finished sixth in the 17-18 women’s 3,000-meter run with a time of 11 minutes, 2.27 seconds. Makai Holloway won in 10:42.76.

Wilder also finished 12th in the 1,500. She ran a 5:07.60 in the finals after a 5:03.36 in the prelims.

The top eight finishers in each event earned All-America honors.

Haughton Middle School’s Jianna Stewartburgess finished 18th out of 46 competitors in the 13-14 girls 800 in 2:25.36 and 33rd out of 56 in the 1,500 in 5:03.59. Both are personal bests.

Parkway senior Andrew Robinson finished 42nd in the 17-18 men’s 1,500 in 4:26.28.

Waller Elementary’s Caden Miser was 29th in the 11-12 boys 3,000. He ran an 11:11.81. He also finished 44th in the 1,500 in 5:13.56.

Both were personal bests.