STONEWALL – One week after sweeping the 800, 1600 and 3200-meter runs, Captain Shreve’s Brandon Lewis-Graham didn’t know what to expect Friday dealing with an illness.
But his coach made one suggestion before he ran the 3200 – take off the wrist watch a lot of distance runners use to pace themselves.
The result was a personal-best 9:59.38 at the North DeSoto Griffin Spring Break Invitational.
“He told me to take off the watch, and I told him it wasn’t going to feel right,” said Lewis-Graham, also an accomplished cross country runner. “But he said I wasn’t going to look at my watch, and I’d be focused on the race.
“I’m not going to put it back on, I’m going with what my coach says.”
The Haughton boys didn’t own any one particular area, but the Bucs cobbled points in sprints, hurdles and field events to edge second-place Natchitoches Central 98.5-92.
Antonio Woodfork was the top cobbler, earning a total of 22 points with two second-place and a third-place finish. Woodfork nearly missed a 300 hurdle school record with a 39.43 (third place) with second-place efforts in the 110 hurdles (14.57) and the high jump (6-feet).
North DeSoto’s Christian Boyd continued his hurdles dominance by winning the 110 (14.27) and the 300 (38.40), and Woodfork said facing Boyd was a motivating force.
“That made me push really hard, and coach (Jason Brotherton) always told me I could break the record one of these days, and today was (almost) the day,” Woodfork said. “I did alright today. It gives us a lot of confidence that we can do big things.”
Ruston (85.5 points), North DeSoto (65), Airline (64) and Fair Park (58) rounded out the top six in a competitive 12-team field.
On the girls side, Ruston sprinted away from the competition with 175.5 points, beating Airline (112), Natchitoches Central (66), Parkway (53.5), North DeSoto (49) and Haughton (46) in the top six.
The Lady Bearcats racked up points on the track led by distance runner Adaiza Austin (1600, 5:41.09; and 3200, 12:48.83) and Zanecia Jackson (100 hurdles, 15.22; and 300 hurdles, 46.62).
Ruston also featured a deep group of short sprinters that compiled points in chunks along with Hannah Siegmund (400, 58.62), Kourtney Goldsmith (high jump, 5-4), Gabrielle Wheeler (pole vault, 8-6) and Keely Haggar (javelin, 92-3) winning events.
Byrd’s Morgan White continued her outstanding season with wins in the 100 (11.82) and the long jump (16-9).
“I felt like performed pretty strong today,” said White, who broke Byrd’s program record by scoring 38 points this past week. “(Last week) felt really great because it was just the perfect day for every event – right time, right place and everything fell into place.”
Teammate Kyah Loyd grabbed the 200 medal with a 25.77.
Back to the Haughton boys, the Bucs won only two events but piled up points elsewhere for the meet win. Pole vaulter Chase Grimsley (12-6) and 800-meter runner Zachary Smith (2:02.51) captured their respective events.
Fair Park’s Jerome Wynn made his presence known by winning the long jump (22-0) and triple jump (45-2.5) while tying with teammate Robert Rochelle for second place in the 200 (22.46).
“It was good to just do everything because it’s been raining a lot, and they’ve had to postpone track meets, and we don’t have that many in Shreveport,” Wynn said. “I usually hadn’t been jumping long and triple because the pits have been wet, so it was a little different doing both at the same time today.”
Wynn and Rochelle fell to reigning state champion in the 400 (Correion Mosby of Natchitoches Central). Mosby won the 400 (49.17) and the 200 (22.00) on Friday.
“The season has been going pretty good so far,” “I want to work on my blocks, and I’m trying to get my phases for the first 100 down.
“I slipped out of the blocks, but I maintained my finish and that’s something I’ve been working on.”
Other boys’ winners include Ruston’s Keitavious Walter (100, 10.56); Parkway’s Jacob Hammons (1600, 4:50.82); Natchitoches Central’s Darien Jones (high jump, 6-2); Green Oaks’ Treyvon Luckey (shot, 49-6); Airline’s Jack Griffin (discus, 134-9) and Airline’s Tyler McCalister (javelin, 158-4).
Other girls’ winners include Parkway’s Sara Funderburk (800, 2:19.89); Airline’s Kei McCoy (triple jump, 34-2); Haughton’s Inez Green (shot put, 37-0) and Haughton’s Chelsea Swint (discus, 94-0).