Five Benton athletes qualified for the Class 4A state track and field meet with top-three finishes in the Region I meet Thursday at Benton.
Four Benton girls qualified — Taylor Davis, Mallorie Gill, KeKe West and Breanna Bundy.
Davis finished second in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches. That was just two inches lower than North DeSoto’s Jessica Trammel.
Gill was second in the javelin with a toss of 104-0.5. Annabelle Yates of Neville won with a 125-03.
West took second in the triple jump with a 35-10, six inches behind winner Trammel. Davis was fourth in 33-8.5, about a foot behind the third-place finisher.
Bundy took third in the pole vault, clearing 8-3. She and DeRidder’s Kimberly Rutherford both cleared the same height, but Rutherford got the runner-up spot with fewer misses.
Benton’s Ryan Campbell was the only Bossier Parish athlete who qualified in the boys division. He finished third in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 4.48 seconds. Quentin Gallow of Crowley won in 2:00.15.
Bossier’s Xavier Venious came up short of qualifying in the 110 hurdles by the slimmmest of margins. He finished fourth in 15.43. Third-place qualifier Damon Guidry of Crowley crossed the line .01 seconds ahead of him, basically the blink of an eye. Demetrious Elmore of Neville won in 15.13.
Benton’s Dylan Plunkett was fourth in the javelin with a toss of 150-02, just 7.5 inches less than third-place Evan Thomas of Neville. Corbin Wiley of West Ouachita won with a 180-2.5.
Benton’s Jake Norris was fifth in the discus with a toss of 126-9, three feet behind the third-place finisher.
In the girls division, Benton’s Rheagan White was fourth in the discus with a 102-8.5, just 4.5 inches less than third-place Monique Brown of Woodlawn. Aliyah Ballott of Tioga won with a 116-08.
Benton’s 4X400 relay team of Bundy, Megan Rainwter, Georgia Carroway and Hailey McGhee also came close. The foursome finished fourth in 4:20.54, just .22 behind third-place LaGrange. Crowley won in 4:15.09.
Benton freshman Peyton Reeder finished fifth in the 100 hurdles in 17.82. Benton’s 4X200 relay team of Shayla Lee, Carroway, Brandy Harris and Haley Smith also finished fifth.
Crowley won the boys title with 86.5 points. Leesville was runner-up with 81. Benton finished 12th with 16.
District 1-4A champion Benton was sixth in the girls division with 47 points. The Lady Tigers finished one point behind West Ouachita and Leesville, who tied for fourth. District 1 runner-up Huntington won with 64 points, three more than runner-up Crowley.
Christian Edwards of Washington-Marion turned in an outstanding performance in the boys triple jump, winning with a leap of 49-9.
Leesville’s Aleyah won the 100 (12.00), the 200 (25.18) and the 400 (1:00.34) in the girls division.
The Class 4A state meet is Saturday, May 7, at LSU.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com