DeQuincy track teams win district
By Sammy Smith
DHS Track Coach
The DeQuincy High School track team hosted the district 4-2A meet last Wednesday, April 12.
This was the team's last meet in District 4-2A, as the districts have been realigned for next school year. District 5-2A will only include DeQuincy and Vinton from the current district.
The Tigers left the district in style, as the boys won their 4th consecutive district title with 198 points, while the girls edged out Kinder and Lake Arthur, winning their first district title in over a decade with 147 points.
The top four competitors from each event will qualify for the Region 1-2A meet on Tuesday, Apr. 25, which DeQuincy will host at Westlake High School. The Tigers will send a majority of their athletes on to the regional meet.
The girls had a good showing in the field by Jordyn Jones and Zaria Anderson, who each were just two points away from the Outstanding field athlete, Tavia Gallow from Mamou.
Jones scored a first place throw in the Shot Put with a throw of 30'8.5", winning for the second year, while also placing third in the discus, qualifying for regionals in both.
Anderson won first in the high jump with a jump of 4'8", while also qualifying for the long and triple jump with fourth place finishes, and rounding it out with a second place finish in the 100 meter hurdles.
Alexis Miller and Deajea Mallet were also able to qualify for regionals, with each taking third in their respective events of long jump and pole vault. Mallet also qualified on the 400 and 800 meter relay teams.
Ashlan Marcantel was able to qualify in the Javelin with a fourth place throw.
Savannah Bailey finished third in the high jump, while also taking a second in the 300 meter hurdles and on the 1600 meter relay, while also taking third in the 100 meter hurdles.
Akeize David had the highest point total for the girls from the track with 17, taking second in 100 meter run and on the 400 meter relay, while also taking third in the 200 meter run, and being a part of the fourth place 800 meter relay team.
Quintazhia Roy won the 400 meter run with a time of 1:04.79, while also anchoring the second place1600 meter relay team, and running on the fourth place 800 meter relay team.
Jayleigh Little took third place in the 1600 and 3200 meter run.
Other qualifiers were Maci Armistead in the 400, 800, and 1600 meter relay teams, Talliyah Watson in the 400 and 800 meter relay teams, and Charlie Lewis in the 1600 meter relay.
The boys had some outstanding performances in the field.
Jacob Cooper led the way in points, scoring a meet high of 20 points, winning the outstanding field athlete. Cooper won the high jump with a jump of 5'11", while placing second in the long jump as well as third in the 400 meter run.
Braylon Snell also qualified for the high jump, with a second place finish.
The boys also won first and second in the pole vault with Blaise Leblanc and Tyler Abshire. LeBlanc jumped a meet record of 14'7" to win it, which also currently the top mark in the state in 2A.
Other qualifiers from the field with fourth place finishes were Kory Johnson in the triple jump, Michael Emigh in the shot put, and Jake Goodman in the discus.
Johnson also qualified with a third place finish with the 400 meter relay team, while Emigh qualified with the first place 1600 meter relay team and with a second place finish in the 200 meter run.
Patrick Rogers led the boys in points in the track events with 25, winning the outstanding track athlete for the meet. Rogers finished 1st in the 100 meter run with a time of 11.38, first in the 400 meter run with a time of 52.93 and anchored the first place 800 meter and 1600 meter relay teams, which had winning times of 1:35.29 and 3:36.50.
Adrian Gates also had a tremendous meet winning both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles, with times of 15.85 and 42.63.
Hayden Robertson won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:12.86, while also running on the first place 800 and 1600 meter relay teams.
Ty Royer took first place in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:12, while also taking second in the 3200 meter run.
Vance Pharris finished third in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles.
Landon Knight won first in the 3200 meter run, with a time of 11:53.
Will Smith qualified with all three relay teams, as well as the 200 meter run with a fourth place finish.
Others who qualified include Jacob Robertson with a fourth place finish in the 800 meter run and Cooper Hext with the first place 800 meter relay and third place on the 400 meter relay.
The Tigers would like to encourage everyone to come out Tuesday, Apr. 25 to Westlake for the Region 1-2A Track and Field championships. Field events begin at 12 noon, while running starts at 3 p.m.