The Haughton Buccaneers won the boys division in the Haughton Invitational track and field meet Thursday as area teams tuned up for next week’s district meets.
With Antonio Woodfork leading the way, Haughton rolled up 130 points. Parkway finished runner-up with 94 and Airline was third with 80.
Airline and Parkway finished second and third, respectively, in the girls division with 89 and 86.5 points. Natchitoches Central won with 104. Haughton was fourth with 75.
Woodfork won three events and finished second in another.
He and Airline’s Xavier Johnson had close races in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
Woodfork ran a 14.41 in the 110, edging Johnson by .08 seconds. Woodfork won the 300 in 38.56 to Johnson’s 38.94.
The duo could face off in both events three more times. The District 1-5A meet is Thursday at Lee Hedges Stadium. The Region I-5A meet is at Northwestern State on April 27. The Class 5A Outdoor Track and Field Championship is May 7 at LSU.
The District 1-4A meet is Thursday at Benton. The Region I-4A meet, also at Benton, is scheduled for the following Wednesday.
Woodfork and Johnson also finished 1-2 in the long jump with impressive performances. Woodfork leaped 23 feet, 1.5 inches. Johnson went 22-2.
Woodfork finished second to Natchitoches Central’s Ryan Woodard in the high jump. Both athletes cleared 6-4, but Woodard got the top spot on fewer misses.
Haughton junior Josh Lister remained undefeated in his specialties, sweeping the sprints. He ran a 10.47 in the 100. Parkway sophomore Darius Bradford was second in 11.09.
Lister’s time in the 200 was 21.66. Northwood’s Marquez Stevenson, a University of Houston football signee, finished .20 seconds behind. Parkway sophomore Terrace Marshall, one of the state’s top football recruits in the Class of 2018, was third in 22.78.
Lister teamed with Kynan Hayes, D’Kovin Ware and Lavonta Gipson to win he 4X100 in 41.99.
The closest race in the boys division was the 400. Haynesville’s Trent Franklin nipped Haughton’s Duncan Smith by .01 seconds. Franklin ran a 52.01.
Parkway’s Andrew Robinson and Cole Billiot finished 1-2 in the 800. Robinson ran a 2:01.98 and Billiot a 2:06.32.
Parkway’s Jacob Hammons and Airline’s Seth Papineau finished 1-2 in the 1,600. Hammons ran a 4:34.84 and Papineau a 4:35.94.
Parkway sophomore Tyler Kruithof and junior Cameron Rogers were 1-2 in the 3,200. Kruithof ran a 10:29.82, winning by about 14 seconds.
Haughton’s Sean Godfrey and David Leitnaker finished 1-2 in the pole vault. Godfrey went 12-3, three inches higher than Leitnaker. Parkway’s Stony Butler was third with an 11-6.
Parish athletes dominated the javelin, taking the top seven spots. Haughton’s Colt Shankle won with a 172-10. Airline’s Tyler McCallister was second with a 163-1 and Haughton’s Darius Brooks third with a 150-0.
The Bossier foursome of Brandon Wells, Xavier Venious, Smith and John Langston won the 4X400 relay in 3:32.70.
Natchitoches Central dominated the sprints in the girls division with Jasmine Hall and Chantrice Coleman finishing 1-2 in the 100 and 200.
Airline sisters Brittany and Jasmine Roberson finished 1-2 in the 400. Brittany ran a 1:00.68 and Jasmine a 1:01.42. Brittany also finished third in the 200.
Airline’s Briana Jacobs and Haughton’s Genet Leist were 1-2 in the 100 hurdles. Jacobs ran a 16.83, edging Leist by .02 seconds.
Parkway’s Sara Funderburk, the defending 5A state champion, won the 3,200 in 11:22.86. Lakeside’s Alissa Lander was second in 11:30.81.
Haughton’s Caitlin Tibbits had a good day. She won the 300 hurdles in 51.07 and finished second in the pole vault with a 9-0.
Haughton athletes won the shot put, discus and javelin.
Inez Green took the shot put with a toss of 37-2.5. Airline’s Angelique Derry was second with a 34-2.
Mary Gladney threw 104-1 in the discus for the win. Benton’s Rheagan White was runner-up with a 101-10.5.
Savannah O’Neal had an impressive throw of 117-7 in the javelin. Benton’s Mallorie Gill was second with a 106-6.
Benton’s KeKe West won the triple jump with a 34-95 and finished third in the long jump.
Benton’s Tayler Davis and Airline’s Jasmine Roberson both cleared 5-4 in the high jump. Davis won on fewer misses.
Parkway’s Lindsey Hutcheson finished second in the 800 in 2:38.49. Natchitoches Central’s Anna Coffey won in 2:30.62.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org