Track and field: Wilkes, Ringle repeat as state indoor champions

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

It was the same song, second verse for Airline senior Jack Wilkes and Parkway senior Alison Ringle Saturday at the LHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Wilkes and Ringle successfully defended their titles in the Division I boys 800- and girls 1.600-meter races at LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House.

Wilkes won the 800 in 1 minute, 56.13 seconds, beating runner-up Sean Washington of New Iberia by 2.30 seconds.

Ringle won the 1,600 in 5:18.13. Olivia Murphy of Mandeville finished second in 5:19.88. Ringle, the reigning outdoor state champ in the 3,200, also finished fifth in the 800.

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Airline’s Jack Wilkes receives his medal on the victory stand after winning the 800 at the state indoor meet Saturday in Baton Rouge.

Ringle and Wilkes weren’t the only parish athletes who turned in outstanding performances.

Haughton senior Micah Larkins finished second in the boys 60-meter dash in 6.97 seconds. Winner Sharkeith Beverly of New Orleans Edna Karr broke his own composite record with a 6.84.

Parkway junior Hayden Kingfisher was also a state runner-up, taking second in the boys 1,600 in a personal-record 4:25.09. Winner Zachary Albright of Covington St. Paul’s smashed his own composite meet record with a 4:15.90.

Parkway’s Jessica McGuffee took fourth in the 1,600 in 5:33.18.

Haughton’s Jacorius Jeter was fourth in the boys triple jump with a leap of 44 feet, 2.5 inches. Haughton freshman Josh Lister finished fifth in the 60 in 7.04.

The Parkway foursome of Ringle, McGuffee, Cassidy Cummimgs and Ariel McGaffey was fifth in the girls 4X800 relay in 10:45.06.

The Benton foursome of Garrett Gibson, Drake Heinz, Ryder Miller and Alex Whittington finished seventh in the boys 4X800 in 8:43.87.

Benton’s Quinci Middlebrooks finished seventh in the girls 800 in 2:32.27.

The Haughton foursome of Larkins, Lister, Jeter and Antonio Woodfork was seventh in the boys 4X200 relay in 1:33.65.

Parkway’s Haley Sepulvado was seventh in the girls shot put.

Parkway’s McGaffey and McGuffee place ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 3,200,

Benton’s Heinz and Stephen Singleton finished 10-11 in the boys 3,200.