Benton won the Region I-4A boys track and field championship and finished runner-up in the girls division Wednesday at Benton.
The Tigers scored 84 points, beating runner-up North DeSoto by 20. The Lady Tigers scored 68, just eight behind winner Huntington.
The top three individuals and relay teams qualified for the Class 4A state meet on Saturday, May 9, in Baton Rouge.
Benton’s Dorsavion Williams and Jordan White took two of the four individual honors in the boys division. Williams was the High Point winner and White the Field MVP.
Williams swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes. White won the discus and finished third in the javelin.
Williams ran a 10.93 in the 100, beating Bastrop’s Trevious Crowley by a half-second. He ran a 22.11 in the 200, edging Leesville’s Corey McCoy by .02 seconds.
White won the discus with a toss of 133-5. Wossman’s DeQuincy Dennis was second with a 129-6.25.
Collin Milton, who won the javelin with a 159-6, was Benton’s only other winner in the boys division.
Chauncey Taylor finished second in the shot put with a 47-10, four inches less than winner Courtney Wallace of Neville.
Stephen Singleton and Keon Coleman qualified for state with third-place finishes. Singleton ran a 10:28.80 in the 3,200. Northwood’s Dylan Oliver, the Track MVP, won in 10:24.75.
Coleman ran a 39.69 in the 300 hurdles. Defending state champ Christian Boyd of North DeSoto, who was named Outstanding Performer, won with a sizzling 37.93.
Coleman and Williams teamed with KD Thomas and Elijah Carr for a third-place finish in the 4X200 relay in 1:32.09. Bastrop won in 1:29.67.
Rheagan White was Benton’s lone winner in the girls division, taking the shot put with a 93-11, more than a foot farther than runner-up Monique Brown of Woodlawn.
Quinci Middlebrooks finished second in the 1,600 in 5:42.53. Loyola’s Kaitlin Tanner won in 5:39.73.
Shelby Leninger finished second in the pole vault with an 8-6. DeRidder’s Kimberly Rushford won with an 11-6.
Katie McKay qualified for state with a third-place finish in the 3,200 in 12:54.52. Tanner won in 12:27.48.
Yakina Manning was third in the shot put with a 34-2. Neville’s Delisha Lawrence won with a 35-4.
Somer Miller took third in the javelin with a 112-7.5. DeRidder’s Summer Thomas won with a 116-4.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org