Caroline Campbell had hoped her 300 meter hurdles time would start with a 44 on Saturday at the LHSAA state track meets held at LSU.
When Campbell crossed the finish line and looked up, she saw a 43.64 – a Class 5A record – as she captured the state title in the event.
“I knew it was fast … but when I saw a 43, it was incredible,” Campbell said. “I was hoping to beat a 44, and it felt great today.”
Campbell added a second-place finish in the 100 meter hurdles and the 4X200 relay, joined by Kyah Loyd, Jocelyn Walker and Morgan White. The 4X400 relay results weren’t available by press time.
White added a long jump title with a jump 18-08, which improved on her state-best mark.
Haynesville wins Class 1A boys
Haynesville might have had to wait an extra day because of rain, but the Tors held onto their lead to win their first boys state track championship since 1992.
The Tors Delandre Kingsby won the high jump and the 4X100 relay of Darmarcian McCutchen, James Jackson, CaVontae Critton and Felix Evans took home individual titles.
But the Tors depth allowed them to edge second-place White Castle by two points.
“We had two seconds, two thirds, three fourths and fifth- and a sixth-place,” said Haynesville coach David Franklin. “Everybody we brought scored, and every point mattered.
“We were tallying and re-tallying up points (Friday night) to see what it would take, so it’s great to see these kids do it.”
There were second-place finishes by Cavontae Critton in the long jump, and Keandre Harris in the javelin. And, there were third place showings by Cutter Nelson in the 110 hurdles, and Kendrick Jackson in the discus.
Lakeside’s Lewis a big factor
Lakeside scored 45 points before placing second to Episcopal-Baton Rouge in the Class 2A competition.
Lakeside sprinter Chris Lewis was a big part of the Warriors’ success scoring 22 ½ points on the track. Lewis tied the Class 2A meet record with his winning time of 10.53 in the 100-meter dash.
“That’s not the time I wanted. I can run faster than that,” Lewis said after the 100. “I’ve got to go out and get in the 200… go as fast as I can and see what happens.”
What happened was Lewis picked up his second individual win with a time of 21.53. Lewis also ran the opening leg of the 4×100 relay joining Darryl Moore, Leonardo McCarter and Maurice Moore in posting a winning time of 42.30.
Lakeside also got six points from Trey Owens, who placed third in the javelin.
In the 800, Olandis Johnson of North Caddo won with a time of 1:55.02. Johnson passed Episcopal’s Bryan Stamey and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Tommy Brocato on the back stretch to sprint into the lead.
“I let Tommy and Bryan take off early because I know I have more straight line speed than they do,” Johnson said. “They have more experience than me because I’ve only been doing this for two years, but I have the straight line speed. I’ve been working toward this since September. This is what I came here to do.”
Calvary’s 4X400 boys team (Jalen Hewitt, Jacorey Fuller, Caleb Ryan and Shun Brown) won with a time of 3:26.50.
In the 2A girls’ 1,600, Hailey Hesterman of Calvary Baptist took first with a time of 5:21.53.
Class 3A, 4A, 5A produces individual winners
Catholic-Baton Rouge ran away with the boys Class 5A boys competition, but Haughton turned in a respectable performance to finish third overall.
Haughton’s 4×100 relay squad (Micah Larkins, Javonte Woodard, D’Kovin White and Josh Lister was first with a time of 41.25. The Buccanneers also got a win from Larkins in the 100 (10.56). Jack Wilkes of Airline had the fastest qualifying time in the 800, and went on to win with a time of 1:55.01.Parkway’s Alison Ringle won the 5A girls 3,200 meters for the second straight year in 11:10.84, while Benton’s Drake Heinz won the 4A boys 3,200 in 10:09.17.
In the field, the Buccaneers’ Jacorious Jeter bested his own school triple jump record at 46-11 ½ to win the title. In the 400, Parkway’s Cory Hamilton had the fifth-fastest qualifying time, but took first at 47.45. Correion Mosby of Natchitoches Central won the 200 (21.39). Airline’s Jasmyn Carswell (38-01.5) took the triple jump.
Class 4A action featured North Desoto’s Christian Boyd winning the 110 (14.66) and 300 hurdles (38.58). Woodlawn’s Victoria Walter taking the girls long jump (17-5.5). Kwaume McGee of Northwood won the high jump (6-10). McGee added a second place in the long jump and Walter a third in the triple jump.
Evangel’s Nicholas Eikeseth was first in the boys 3A 110 hurdles (14.61). Mansfield’s Kayla Drain won the triple jump with a mark of 36-11.