Track and field: Parkway sweeps Airline Viking Relays

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

Parkway swept the team titles in the Airline Viking Relays Thursday evening at Benton.

The Panthers scored 97 points to 84 for runner-up Natchitoches Central. Airline and North DeSoto tied for fourth with 64. Haughton, which is participating in the Yellow Jacket Relays Saturday and did not bring a full team, finished sixth with 55.5.

The Lady Panthers rolled up 133 points to 84.5 for runner-up North DeSoto. Airline was third with 76.5 and Haughton fourth with 66.

Airline’s Jack Wilkes and Parkway’s Cory Hamilton broke school records in their respective events.

Wilkes won the 1,600-meter run in 4:21.28, breaking his own record of 4:22.11. Parkway’s Hayden Kingfisher finished second in 4:32.69.

Hamilton, the state runner-up in the 400 last year, set his mark in the 200 with a 21.53.

Parkway won two of the three relays in the boys’ division, taking the 4X200 in 1:30.41 and the 4X400 in 3:27.81.

Parkway’s Nathan Poovey won the 3,200 in 10:26, 16 seconds faster than Benton’s Garrett Gipson.

Benton’s Andre’ Dean, a state champion wrester, won the pole vault with an 11-6, four inches higher than Haughton’s Chase Grimsley and Cody Hinson.

Alabama football signee OJ Smith of Airline won the shot put for the second straight week with a 49-1.

Airline All-Parish offensive guard Colton Prater won the discus with a 127-9. Haughton’s Jesus Santos took the javelin with a 142-7.

Airline’s Jasmyn Carswell was a double winner in the girls’ division, winning the triple jump with a 36-2 and long jump with a 16-3. In the latter event, she edged Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing’s Teauna Perry by a inch.

Parkway’s Jessica McGuffee won the 1,600 in 5:41.18.

Reigning state champ Alison Ringle of Parkway ran the 3,200 for the first time this season and won easily in 11:09, two and a half minutes faster than her nearest competitor.

Parkway also got wins from Haley Sepulvado in the shot put (34-4) and Rain Hall in the discus (91-8).