The Haughton Buccaneers finished runner-up in the Region I-5A boys track and field meet Wednesday at Northwestern State University.
The Bucs scored 64 points, just three behind champion West Monroe. The Bucs led the Rebels by seven going into the the final event, the 4X400-meter relay.
Both West Monroe and Haughton had teams in the event. The Bucs finished out of the scoring in ninth, so the Rebels needed at least a second-place finish to win it. They did better than that, finishing first in 3:24.80.
The top three individuals and relay teams qualified for the Class 5A state meet at the LHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 7 at LSU.
Haughton’s Antonio Woodfork, who has been outstanding all season, qualified in four events.
He swept the hurdles, his specialty, and finished second in the long jump and third in the high jump.
Woodfork and Airline’s Xavier Johnson continued their season-long duel in the 110 hurdles.
Woodfork exacted some revenge, winning in a regional record 14.15 seconds. Johnson, who beat Woodfork in the District 1-5A meet last week, was second in 14.33.
Woodfork didn’t qualify for the state meet last season in the 110 after being disqualified because of a false start.
Woodfork continued his dominance in the 300 hurdles, winning in 38.62. He finished almost a second ahead of runner-up Javieon Wilson of Ouachita. Woodfork was the state runner-up in the event last year.
Johnson qualified by finishing third in a very good time of 39.95.
Woodfork finished second in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 6.50 inches. Ryan Woodard of Natchitoches Central won with a 23-6.
Woodfork was third in the high jump with a 6-2, just two inches lower than winner Johnny Brennan of Lafayette High.
Airline’s Seth Papineau had a very good meet, winning the 3,200 in 10:14.22 and finishing second in the 1,600 in 4:30.56. West Monroe’s Kasey Tinnarello won the 1,600 in 4:27.61.
Parkway’s Cole Billiot finished runner-up in the 3,200 in 10:16.23.
Bossier Parish sprinters swept the 100 and 200. Haughton junior Josh Lister remained undefeated in the 100, running a 10.51. He easily beat Acadiana’s Jayrin Wilson and Byrd’s Joey Jernigan, who tied for second with 10.70s.
Parkway sophomore Darius Bradford won the 200 by the slimmest of margins. He ran a 21.94, one one-hundredths of a second faster than Jalon Charles of New Iberia.
Lister also ran on Haughton’s winning 4X100 relay team. Lister, Lavonta Gipson, Kynan Hayes and D’Kovin Ware ran a 42.35. West Monroe was second in 42.69.
Parkway came close to qualifying for state in the 4X200 relay, but Bradford, Terrace Marshall, Lloyd Cole and Jarod Hamilton finished fourth in 1:28.49. Sulphur was third in 1:28.37. District 1-5A champ Haughton was fifth in 1:28.73.
Haughton pole vaulter David Leitnaker also came up just short. He went 12 feet, six inches lower than the third-place qualifier.
Johnson came up four inches short of qualifying in the triple jump for the second straight year. He leaped 42-10.5 to finish fourth.
Haughton’s Colt Shankle also came very close. He was fourth in the javelin with a toss of 165-9, two inches less than the third-place finisher.
Only three girls from Bossier Parish schools qualified for the state meet.
Parkway’s Sara Funderburk won the 1,600 in 5:16.62 and finished second in the 3,200 in 12:10.66. Angelle Primeaux of Lafayette High won in 12:03.60. Funderburk is the defending state champion in the 3,200. She ran an 11:25.02 last year at LSU.
Two Haughton athletes — Inez Green and Savannah O’Neal — qualified in field events.
Green finished second in the shot put with a toss of 36-3. Stephanie Self of Lafayette High won in 37-5.
O’Neal, a junior who is competing in track and field for the first time this season, finished runner-up in the javelin with a toss of 116-11. Sabrina Thiels of Alexandria Senior High won with a 125-10.
Airline’s Brittany Roberson completed an outstanding sophomore season with a fourth-place finish in the 400 in 59.12. The third-place qualifier ran a 58.63.
Parkway’s Cassidy Cummings came up just short in the 3,200. She finished fifth in 12:59.14. The third-place qualifier finished about 8.5 seconds ahead of her.
Airline’s Briana Jacobs, who also has had an outstanding season, was fourth in the 100 hurdles in 15.72, .43 seconds slower than the third-place finisher.
Parkway’s Madison Brogan, Claire Carlyle, Miranda Scotten and Funderburk combined to finish fourth in the 4X400 relay. They ran a school-record 4:09.63.
Parkway finished less than 10 seconds behind first-place Ruston and about five seconds behind runner-up Lafayette and third-place Alexandria Senior High.
Airline’s Angelique Derry finished fifth in the shot put with a 35-0, just eight inches less than the third-place qualifier.
The Region I-4A meet is Thursday at Benton.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com