The Haughton Buccaneers and the Airline Lady Vikings won the boys’ and girls’ divisions in the Haughton Invitational track and field meet Thursday at Haughton.
The Bucs ran away with the boys’ title, scoring 132.5 points to 87 for runner-up Parkway. North DeSoto was third with 75.
The girls’ division was a bit closer. Airline scored 88 points, edging runner-up Natchitoches Central by four. The Lady Vikings pulled ahead by winning the final event of the meet, the 4X400-meter relay. They trailed the Lady Chiefs by six points entering the event.
Chase Grimsley, who set a school record in the pole vault with a leap of 13 feet, 3 inches, was one of three Haughton winners in the boys’ division. As usual, the Bucs piled up a lot of points with second- and third-place finishes in individual events and by winning two of the three relays.
Haughton’s Josh Lister and Quenten Brown finished 1-2 in the 100. Lister ran a 10.94 to Brown’s 11.07. Fully automatic timing was used. Brown also finished second in the 200 with a 22.78. Natchitoches Central’s Corrieon Mosby won in 22.38.
Haughton’s Zachary Smith came from behind to win the 800 in 2:02.34.
Parkway’s Hayden Kingfisher cruised to victory in the 1,600 in 4:39.60. Parkway’s Nathan Poovey and Jacob Hammons finished 1-2 in the 3,200 in 10:09.58 and 10:36.26, respectively.
Bossier’s Cartavia Cook took the long jump with a 22-7. Parkway’s Kameron Eloph won the shot put with a toss of 46-6.
Benton’s Collin Milton and Tyler McCallister finished 1-2 in the javelin. Milton won with a 157-0 to McCallister’s 155-2.
In a battle between two of the state’s top hurdlers, North DeSoto’s Christian Boyd and Haughton’s Antonio Woodfork finished 1-2 in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Boyd ran a 14.26 in the 110 to Woodfork’s 14.42.
Boyd and Woodfork both went under 40 seconds in the 300. Boyd ran a sizzling 38.62 and Woodfork a 39.67. Boyd is the defending Class 4A state champ in both events.
Haughton’s O’Shun Smith finished second to Haynesville freshman Jamarceon Jackson in the 400. Jackson ran a 51.13, nipping Smith at the finish line by four-hundredths of a second.
Benton’s Jordan White was second in the discus with a toss of 138-9. Haynesville’s Kendrick Jackson won with a 141-10.
Parkway’s Nakedrick Millsaps finished runner-up in the high jump with a 6-2, just two inches below winner Chase Walker of North DeSoto.
The Haughton foursome of Woodard, Brown, D’Kovin Ware and Lister won the 4X100 relay in 42.12, almost a half-second faster than runner-up Natchitoches Central. Haughton also took the 4X400 in 3:26.62.
Bossier finished second in 4X200 in 1:28.58 and the 4X400 in 3:27.82.
Third-place finishers from Bossier Parish were Bossier’s Kelvin Brooks (200), Haughton’s Bayle Rachel (800), Parkway’s Cole Billiot (1,600), Airline’s Xavier Johnson (110 hurdles), Benton’s Keon Coleman (300 hurdles), Benton’s Layton Spears (pole vault), Haughton’s Javonte Woodard (long jump, triple jump), Benton’s Chauncey Taylor (shot put) and Airline’s Jack Griffin (discus).
In the girls’ division, Airline freshman Brittney Roberson won the 200 and finished second in the 400. She also ran a leg on the winning 4X400 relay team along with her sister Jasmine. Both also ran on the runner-up 4X200 team.
Brittney Roberson ran a 26.57 in the 200. Bossier’s Bree Webb finished second in 27.11. Webb also finished second in the 100 in 12.95. Natchitoches Central’s Jakedria Brooks won in 12.77.
Roberson’s second-place time in the 400 was 59.83. Natchitoches Central’s DeKayla Alex won in 57.08.
Parkway’s Sara Funderburk took the 1,600 in 5:24.61 with Benton’s Quinci Middlebrooks second in 5:46.54.
Parkway’s Celeste Cordova was second in the 3,200 in 12:34.39. Alissa Lander of Lakeside won in 12:09.48.
Bossier Parish athletes won five of the seven field events.
Benton’s Somer Miller took the javelin with a toss of 109-3. Haughton’s Chelcy Swint captured the dsicus with a 95-9.95, edging Benton’s Rheagan White (93-6).
Haughton’s Inez Green and Bossier’s Lazaria Lloyd finished 1-2 in the shot put with tosses of 34-11 and 34-2.5, respectively.
Airline’s Kei McCoy won the triple jump with a 34-8.5.
Benton’s Shelby Leninger cleared 9-0 to win the pole vault, six inches higher than Parkway’s Cami Trowbridge. Haughton’s Caitlin Tibbits and Jenna Blank both cleared 8-0.
Parkway’s Chelsea Randle was runner-up in the high jump with a very good 5-0. North DeSoto’s Jessica Trammel won with a 5-6, one of the day’s top individual performances.
Parkway’s 4X400 relay team of Miranda Scotten, Funderburk, Madison Brogan and Claire Carlyle finished second to Airline.
Other third-place finishers from Bossier Parish were Jasmine Roberson (200), Parkway’s Scotten (400), Airline’s Isabelle Shamblin (800) and Airline’s Maya Randle (3,200).
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com