Benton is back.
After two weeks of travelling to meets in different parts of the state, Benton’s track team returned to the area for last Thursday’s Bossier Parish Championships at Parkway High School.
“It gave us an opportunity to go off and compete against the teams we are going to see at the regional meet,” Benton coach Scott Carroway said. “If you stay around here and compete every week, it’s going to look like the same meet every week, running against the same kids. Our philosophy is to expose our kids to different competition that we will see at the regional and state level.”
The Tigers and Lady Tigers had the same results on the road, with both placing second in a Tioga meet and first in Jonesboro. Then, last Thursday against area competition, Benton’s girls were second and the boys third.
“The conditions weren’t the best, but we got a pretty good idea where we need to improve,” Carroway said.
Benton’s relays set the tone for both teams. The girls 4X100-meter relay team (Jill Anderson, Keyonna Manning, Shelby Plunkett and Brittany Black) won first with a time of 50.36. Je’erica Carr replaced Anderson on the 4X200-meter relay, which also won in 1:47:50.
The Benton boys 4X100- and 4X200-meter relay teams (Darius Green, Zac Pierson, Trent Hoffman and Dorsavian Williams, a freshman subbing in for Keith English) also placed first.
“I was really pleased with our sprint relays, and both the boys and girls did really well,” Carroway said. “That was the first time in quite a while that we swept the 4X100 and 4X200 with both teams.”
Benton still has work to do, but its first meet in the area showed its potential.
“We’re still moving some kids around to find the best combinations we can before district,” Carroway said. “There are a limited number of varsity meets, so you don’t have much time to find where everyone fits the best.”
Benton’s next meet will be in Natchitoches on April 5. The Tigers and Lady Tigers are practicing twice this week during spring break.