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Track and field: Benton wins 5th straight 1-4A girls title; Tigers runner-up in boys division

Benton won the District 1-4A girls track and field championship for the fifth straight year Thursday at Benton.

The Lady Tigers amassed 192 points to 106 for runner-up Huntington. Bossier was third with 60.

Benton’s string of four straight 1-4A boys championships was broken by Huntington, but the Tigers still finished second. Huntington scored 141 points, beating Benton by 20. North DeSoto was third with 105 and Bossier fifth with 52.

The top four individuals and relay teams qualified for the Region I-4A meet. It will also be at Benton next Wednesday.

Benton used superior depth to win the girls championship, piling up top three finishes.

The Lady Tigers finished 1-2 in the pole vault and shot put. Breanna Bundy took the pole vault and Georgia Carroway was second. Peyton Singletary won the shot put with a 31-7 and Rheagan White was runner-up.

White also won the discus with a toss of 100 feet, four inches.

Benton took first and third in the 100-meter hurdles. Peyton Reeder won in 17.19 seconds and Kendall Robinson was third.

Reeder also qualified for the regional meet in the 300 hurdles (third) and high jump (third). Robinson was second in the 300.

Benton athletes also placed first and third in the javelin. Mallorie Gill won with a toss of 108. Abbie Wynn was third.

Benton’s Taylor Davis was second in the high jump and third in the triple jump. Keke West was second in the triple and third in the long.

Shayla Dixon was second in the 200 behind Huntington’s Ronesha Johnson.

Bossier Kiana Ruiz had a very good meet, winning the 3,200 and finishing second in the 1,600. Benton’s Jenna Key was the runner-up in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600.

Other third-place winners from Bossier Parish schools were Bossier’s Amanda Collins (400) and Benton’s Megan Rainwater (800).

Benton won the 4X400 relay and was second in the 4X100. Bossier was third in the in the 4X200 and 4X400.

In the boys division, Bossier’s Xavier Venious swept the hurdles, winning the 110 in 15.14 and the 300 in 42.11. Benton’s John Westmoreland was runner-up in the 110 in 15.55.

The only other Bossier Parish athletes to win district titles were Benton’s Conner Toms (pole vault) and Jake Norris (discus). Toms went 10 feet, six inches in the pole vault, six inches higher than teammate Hunter Hartman.

Norris tossed the discus 140-8.5, beating North DeSoto’s Blake McMillian by 16 feet.

Benton’s Chandler Burns and J.D. Carrier finished 2-3 in the 3,200. Huntington’s Samuel Kelly won the 3,200 as well as the 800 and 1,600. Benton’s Sean Loftin and Ryan Campbell were 2-3 in the 800.

Benton had four other other third-place finishers — Tayden McGuire (1,600), Zeke Barnett (high jump), Jordan Myles (shot put) and Titus Stowe (javelin).

Bossier finished second in the 4X400 and third in the 4X100 and 4×200 relays.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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