Friday’s Caddo Parish Championships track finale featured a sweep for Captain Shreve.
The Gators won the boys side with 116 points, while the Lady Gators finished with 161 points to edge out Byrd (139).
The close competition foreshadows District 1-5A.
“It’s going to be tough,” Byrd coach Juan Plaza said. “With Shreve there, and also Parkway, it’s going to be tight on the girls side as well as the boys.”
The Shreve girls team has been consistent to start the season. On Friday, Jacoyah Samuel led the way for the Lady Gators. Samuel won the 200-meter dash and 100-meter dash. Shreve also won the 4X200-meter relay and the 4X100-meter relay.
Southwest’s Aaliyah Cummings won the 100-meter hurdles, and Byrd won the rest of the girls events, indluing the 1,600-meter run (Lindsey Humphrey), 800-meter run (J’Anesha Strong), 400-meter dash (Leondra Brossette), 300-meter hurdles (Caroline Campbell), and 4X400-meter relay with a time of 4:10:04.
“Our girls have set some high goals in that relay,” said Plaza, whose team won the 4X400 by 18 seconds. “We’ve just hit the end of our conditioning phase, so now we will start focusing on quality training and more speed.”
Byrd also came in second place on the boys side with 103 points.
Robert Jackson won the 110-meter hurdles, and Shawn Stanford took the 300-meter hurdles for the Gators. Byrd distance runner Daniel Tanner swept the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs.
While Huntington placed third with 85 points, the Raiders got some of the loudest cheers of the day for their fast relay times. Huntington won the boys 4X200-meter, 4X100-meter, and 4X400-meter relays.
“It’s fun coming down the main stretch and you hear everyone yelling,” said Claude Clark, who anchored the 4X100-meter relay for the Raiders and also won the 100-meter dash. “The relays are all about teammwork. You have to work together and just put up a strong leg. You have to work against the clock, and we are trying to get better every week.”
North Caddo’s Olandis Johnson took the boys 800-meter run. Shreve’s Samantha Hilburn won the girls 3,200-meters Thursday.