BENTON — Different meet, same story.
The Airline boys track team, and the Parkway girls, each won first at the Bossier Bearkat Relays in Benton Thursday.
Both teams had placed first the week before at the Viking Relays.
“It’s absolutely encouraging,” Parkway coach Kent Falting said. “We have some younger freshmen and sophomores competing. We want them to stay really excited and push themselves.”
The Lady Panthers scored 143 points, including wins in the 1,600-meter and 3,200 meter runs from Alison Ringle, the 800-meter run, 300-meter hurdles and 110-meter hurdles from Adrienne Rogers, and in the 4X400-meter relay (Mikaela Kirkendoll, Shania Perez, Destiny McGaffey and Rogers).
“I think we will get a better picture next week at the Parish meet, because everyone will be ramping up their teams to put their best out there before spring break,” Falting said. “Then we will come back and hopefully be sharp for district. You don’t want kids to get complacent and settle down just because they’ve had some success.”
Host Bossier finished second on the girls side with 70 points. Simmone Small won the 200-meter dash for the Lady Bearkats and helped the 4X200-meter relay team (Bre Webb, Amyris Anderson, Small and Darshay Johnson) win as well.
“We’re seeing progress,” Bossier coach Anthony Johnson said. “We’re still not seeing the finish that we need to see in some of the girls events. We are going to try to shore up some of those things before next week. It’s going to take old-fashioned hard work, attention to detail and fundamentals.”
On the boys side, Bossier finished No. 6 with 25 points behind Airline (151), North DeSoto (115), Haughton (105), Parkway (69) and Lakeside (54).
“We’re making some strides,” Johnson said. “We’re making progress from one week to the next. There are still a lot of areas we need to clean up. We are finishing races, but we need to tighten up in the field events. That’s an area where we aren’t as strong as we need to be. That’s our area of focus this year.”
Airline’s Cameron Rice swept the jumps, placing first in the high jump, triple jump and long jump. Eric Burns finished first in the discus for the Vikings, who also won the 4X400-meter relay.
Airline’s Matt Henry won the 1,600-meter run, and Jaquis Hart and Jack Wilkes finished first and second in the 400-meter dash.
Lakeside’s Enrique Soto finished first in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:45:58.
Haughton’s Micah Larkins won the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and was a part of the Buccaneers’ first place 4X100-meter relay.