The Zachary girls did it again, winning their second straight Outdoor State Track and Field Championship May 9 at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
The Lady Broncos finished with 47 points, hanging on in the end to defeat second-place Ruston, which finished with 42 points, and third-place Mandeville (40). They also captured the state Class 5A indoor championship earlier this spring.
Janie O’Connor was named outstanding girls performer for the second year in a row as she won the 100-meter dash in 11.52, notching 10 points for ZHS. She also captured the 400-meter run in 54.86 for another 10 points and added eight points with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash in 23.78. She finished behind Sulphur’s Hannah Jackson, and both girls broke the 5A and state overall records in the event.
O’Connor also ran a leg on the Lady Broncos’ 4x200-meter relay team with Dakota Williams, Jenet Campbell and Kiara Bethley, finishing second in 1:41.79 and claiming another eight points.
Kristian Jackson finished second in the shot put with a toss of 41-8¼ to earn eight points. Sierra Johnson also earned two crucial points with a fifth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles in 45.29. The team of Stacey Clark, Campbell, Williams and Bethley finished sixth in the 4x100-meter relay in 48.56 to earn another point.
The Lady Broncos had some anxious moments as they had to watch the final two events without any competitors — the 3,200-meter run and the 4x400-meter relay.
“We had to watch the last two knowing Mandeville had some scoring opportunities,” said ZHS coach Chris Carrier. “It’s tough not controlling your own destiny. This (title) means a lot for our program. It shows that the girls we have here at Zachary High School are working hard to be the best. They came out and competed today.”
Northeast girls 11th, boys place 12th
The Northeast girls tied for 11th in the state with a team total of 15 points, and the boys tied for 12th with 14 points at the LHSAA Class 2A State Outdoor Championships May 8 at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium. Episcopal’s boys and girls teams swept to victory in the meet.
The highlight of the day for Northeast was Briana Haney, who won the shot put. Haney had a winning toss of 35-11¼, worth 10 points for the Lady Vikings.
Lauri Kight was fourth in the discus with a toss of 93-8, earning four points for the squad. The team of LaTravia Fisher, May Butler, Pearl Jones and Alacia Hayes finished sixth in the 4x100-meter relay in 50.93 seconds to earn a point.
For Northeast’s boys, Marqueon Minor finished third in the javelin with a throw of 167-9 to earn six points. Torrance Uwagboe finished fifth in the high jump, clearing 6 feet and scoring two points for the Vikings.
The team of Jarman Bradford, Tyriq Kelly, Marvin Ramsey and Darryl Adams finished fourth in the 4x200-meter relay to notch four points. Adams finished fifth in the 200-meter dash in 23.07 to earn two points.
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