Last fall, Parkway junior Sara Funderburk and senior Hayden Kingfisher swept the Class 5A state cross country titles at Northwestern State University.
Wednesday, they returned to NSU for the Region I-5A track and field championships and the winning continued.
Funderburk captured the girls 800 in and 3,200. Kingfisher won the boys 1,600 and 3,200.
Funderburk ran a 2:18.76 in the 800, beating Colby Carey of Natchitoches Central by more than four seconds. She also won by a wide margin in the 3,200 with an 11:54.47. Captain Shreve’s Samantha Hilburn finished a distant second in 12:05.02.
Kingfisher also dominated his events. He ran a 4:29.46 in the 1,600, about three seconds faster than runner-up Brandon Lewis-Graham of Captain Shreve. His 3,200 time of 10:00.92 was about five seconds faster than Lewis-Graham’s.
Defending champion Haughton finished runner-up to Pineville in the boys division.
The top three individuals and relay teams qualified for the Class 5A state meet Saturday, May 9, at LSU.
Haughton’s Antonio Woodfork and Parkway’s Juwon Johnson were the only other individual winners from Bossier Parish schools in the boys division.
Johnson won the 110 hurdles in 14.63, edging Airline’s Xavier Johnson by .04 seconds.
Last week in the District 1-5A meet, Woodfork edged Johnson in the 110. Johnson was hoping to get a rematch but it didn’t come off. Woodfork false-started and was disqualified.
Woodfork made up for it in the 300, breaking his own school record with a 39.04. He finished more than a second ahead of Captain Shreve’s Tarieek Anderson.
Haughton’s 4X100 relay team successfully defended its title. Javonte Woodard, Quentin Brown, D’Kovin Ware and Josh Lister ran a 41.52. The Bucs are the defending state champs in the event.
Brown and Lister finished 2-3 in the 100. Brown ran a 10.71 and Lister a 10.82. Ruston’s Kentavious Walter won easily in a sizzling 10.36. Brown also finished second in the 200 with a 21.84. Natchitoches Central’s Corrieon Mosby won in 21.57.
Airline’s Jack Griffin finished second in the discus with a toss of 136-6. Caden Cunninham of Acadian won with a 154-04.
Xavier Johnson, who finished third in the long jump with a 22-4, was the only other state meet qualifier from Bossier Parish in the field events.
Parkway’s Jacob Hammons finished third in the 3,200 in 10:12.41 to qualify for state.
In the girls division, Airline’s Kei McCoy finished second in the long jump with a 16-7.25. West Monroe’s Amber Turner with a 16-9.50.
McCoy, the MVP on The Press-Tribune’s All-Parish basketball team, also finished third in the triple jump with a 36-3, eight inches behind winner Turner.
Airline freshman Brittney Roberson qualified for state by finishing third in the 400 in 58.25. Natchitoches Central’s DeKayta Alex won in 57.06.
Haughton’s Inez Green also qualified with a third-place finish in the shot put. She threw 36-9. Serenity Lagardy of Natchitoches Central won with a 38-01.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org