The Evangel boys track and field team won a district title for the first time in school history Wednesday as the Eagles (189 points) topped second-place North Webster (142) in the District 1-3A meet at Springhill.
Throwers Chris Bradley and Jerry Tillery finished in the top two in the discus and shot put while Roland Dunn had a big day on the track.
Dunn won the 200, anchored two first-place relay teams (4X200 and 4X400) and finished second in the 100.
“Moving up to Class 3A, this was big for our team,” Dawson said. “This was a total team effort because we had a lot of fourth, fifth and sixth-place finishes.
“These kids put God first, and I’m very proud of them.”
The North Webster girls took home the 1-3A title while Benton boys and girls swept the 1-4A championships. More results will be available in Friday’s edition.
District track meets continue today with 1-5A, 1-2A and 1-1A.
The 1-5A meet will be held at Benton with field events starting at 3 p.m.
Lee Hedges Stadium will host the 1-2A meet with field events starting at 2 p.m.
The 1-1A teams will gather at Plain Dealing to decide their district championship.
The top four individuals in each event will move on to next week’s regionals.
Area boys and girls still hold several of the top Louisiana marks this season in their respective events.
The following boys athletes lead the state: Haughton’s Micah Larkins (10.31 in 100); Lakeside’s Chris Lewis (21.08 in the 200); Parkway’s Cory Hamilton (48.20 in the 400); Airline’s Jack Wilkes (1:52.15 in the 800 to go with his recent LSU commitment); the Haughton 4X100 relay (41.89) and the Parkway 4X400 relay (3:22.99).
Local girls also hold marks, including Parkway’s Alison Ringle (11:13.59 in the two mile) to go with second-place times in the 1600 and 3200; Byrd’s Morgan White (18 feet, 6.5 inches in the long jump); Ruston’s Quanese Jones (5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump) and Natichtoches Central’s 4X400 relay (3:59.36).
Byrd’s Caroline Campbell is second in the 100 hurdle with a 14.63 while several Lady Yellow Jackets relay teams are in the top 10.