High school athletics: Benton wins girls’ division at West Monroe meet; parish athletes post high finishes
Benton won the girls’ division in the Coach Jack Williams relays at West Monroe on Friday.
The Lady Tigers scored 103 points to 88 for runner-up Ruston. Ouachita Parish was third with 85 and Parkway fourth with 82.
Benton’s Jamie Willis swept the hurdles as she has done all season, winning the 100 meters in 15.15 seconds and the 300 meters in 49.36.
Isabelle Russell won the 1600m in 5:31.39, her best time this season. She finished 3.6 seconds ahead of second-placed Parker Nations Ruston.
Russell also raced on the Lady Tigers winning 4X800 relay team with Halle Hassett, Jenevieve Willis and Mary Frances Valentine. They ran an 11:22.45. Parkway was second in 11:26.10.
Airline senior Brianna Taylor made her season debut in the individual sprints and swept them both.
She won the 100m in 12.27, 0.53 ahead of Parkway’s runner-up Kyla Williams. Benton’s Havyn Puckett was third in 13.00.
Taylor won the 200m in 26.20, 1.05 ahead of second place Haylei Sonia of Neville.
Taylor, who has run relays in previous meets, is the defending District 1-5A champion in the 100 and 200. Her 100 times Friday was the best by a ward athlete this season.
Benton’s Addyson Hulett and Havyn Puckett finished 2-3 in the 400. Hulett ran in 1:01.71 and Puckett in 1:02.25. Hulett’s time was the best in the parish this season.
Jayden Ellerman of Ouachita Christian won in 1:00.36.
Parkway’s Cheyenne Olson was second in the 3200 clocking 12:23.35. Marina Givens of Ruston won in 12:12.44.
Parkway won the 4X100 relay in 49.32, the best in the parish this season. The Lady Panthers had the previous best of 49.79.
Parkway finished second in the 4X200 in 1:46.14, also lowering his parish season best record. Ouachita Parish won in 1:45.37.
Maya Jackson of Parkway made the triple jump with a jump of 33 feet 7 inches, 1-6 more than second Linler Loveland of Ouachita Christian.
Benton’s Sadie Hamby was second in javelin throwing 98-5.5 and third in discus throwing 102-5. Autumn Craig of Ruston won the first with a 100-2 and the second with a 115-0.
Airline’s Arriana Hill won the high jump 5-2.4 inches taller than three competitors, including teammate Janiyah Boudreaux.
Airline’s Jessie Frank won the pole vault with an 8-6. Benton’s Hulett also cleared 8-6, but Frank won with fewer misses.
Parkway’s Jayla James finished third in the shot put with a throw of 34-foot-2. Craig of Ruston won with a 37-10 1/2.
Parkway finished third in the boys with 71 points. Ouachita Parish won with 103 and Ouachita Christian was second with 77. Benton was fifth with 55.
Benton’s Mason Haley took the 1600 in 4:32.75. Thomas Rogers of Ruston was second in 4:33.63.
Benton’s Davis Sellers won the drive with a 134-20 shot. Airline’s Malik Word was second at 132-0 and Parkway’s Devon Oliver third at 131-4.
Benton’s Mark Perry won the high jump with a 6-4 jump, 2 inches more than West Ouachita’s Jahzell Jackson. He also finished third in the triple jump with a 40-10. Jeffrey Nelson of Ouachita Parish won with an impressive 47-9.
Parkway’s Jaylan White finished second in the 100 in 10.99, 0.11 slower than Austin Willis of Ouachita Parish. White’s teammate Greg Chitman was third in 11.24.
Chitman finished second in the 200m in 22.94. Omari Randle of Ouachita Parish won in 22.56.
Will Achee of Parkway was second in the 400 in 52.78. Patrick Brocato of Ouachita Christian won in 52.07.
Parkway’s foursome of Noah Fox, Adrian Orellano, Gary Smith and Gabriel Falting finished second in the 4X800 in 8:30.43, the best in the parish this season. Ouachita Christian won in 8:29.51.
Falting was third in the 3200 in 9:58.62. Rogers of Ruston won in 9:50.84.
Parkway also finished second in the 4X200 in 1:31.71. Ouachita Parish won in 1:28.85.
Benton’s Mason Neill and Airline’s Tyson Burns both went 11-6 in the pole vault, with Neill finishing third with fewer misses. OliverA McCurdy of West Ouachita won with a 13-6.
Gabe Laval of the airline was third in the 800 in 2:10.15. Pineville’s Justin Descant won in 2:05.71.