Huntington’s boys and Captain Shreve’s girls ran away with team wins, while a pair of Byrd athletes took top individual honors at the 2016 Shreveport Relays at Lee Hedges Stadium Friday.
More than 200 athletes from 10 schools participated in this year’s relays, which were hosted by Huntington and Caddo Magnet.
Byrd senior Joey Jernigan was named Most Outstanding Male Athlete, while junior Kyah Loyd was named Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the meet. Both recently had solid showings at the prestigious Texas Relays in Austin.
The Raiders took the top spot on the boys’ side with 153 points, 62 better than second place Captain Shreve with 91. Byrd finished third with 83 points.
“I thought we ran really well overall, and maybe didn’t throw as well as I’d have liked,” said Huntington coach Leronn Burris. “We still have some work to do, but overall, I’m really pleased with this going into the parish meet (next week).”
Among the strong performances for Huntington were wins by Kavarea Applewhite (400 meters), Samuel Kelly (1600 and 3200), Darell Webster (triple jump), and the 4×400 relay team (Applewhite, Torrey Brown, Teryan Mays).
On the girls’ side, the Lady Gators pulled out the victory with 153 points, followed by Byrd with 121 and Huntington with 84.
“I’d say I’m satisfied with how we did (Friday),” said Captain Shreve coach Marita Hunt. “There are a couple of things I’m going to work with the girls on as we prepare for the District (1-5A) Meet (April 21), but I thought we had an all-around good performances here. We tried out some new girls to see how they would react and got good results from that. I thought we did about as good as we expected.”
Wins by Georgia Hilburn (1600), Hayley Thompson (pole vault), Kennedy Gerard (long jump), Breanna Allen (javelin), the 4×100 relay team (Kariah Sisk, Jayla Edwards, Kamrin Hooks, Hannah Givans), and the 4×400 relay team (Hooks, Paige Brooks, Phaydra Douglas, Gerard) pushed Captain Shreve to the girls’ title.
Jernigan posted personal bests in the 100 (10.95 seconds) and 200 meters (22.11) on his way to the MOA award.
“I was really pumped – we all were as a team – coming back from spring break and getting back on the track,” Jernigan said. “The vibe was there and we really pushed each other.
“I’ve been running track since middle school, and now, as a senior, I’m trying to do my best to help this team succeed and make a name for myself in the process.”
Loyd had the most impressive performance of any athlete Friday, capturing wins in the 100, 200, and 100 hurdles. She has only been running hurdles for a year, but in that time, has risen to first in the state and 21st in the nation in the event.
“I always pray before every meet,” said Loyd, the daughter of former BTW football coach Demise Loyd. “I guess He just blessed me extra good (Friday).”
Her coach, however, credited Loyd’s work ethic for her success.
“She’s a great kid and an outstanding athlete,” said Byrd’s Juan Plaza. “That being the case, her putting in the work to get better is the difference between a good performer and a great one. Kyah’s going to be a great one, if she isn’t already.”