WALKER — You can never underestimate the importance of getting off to a good start in the field events at a track meet. Walker High and Zachary High proved that point while claiming District 4-5A titles on Wednesday at WHS.
Zachary scored about 70 points in the field while winning the boys title with 157 points. Scotlandville (1391/2.50) and Central (108.50) were next.
Host Walker won four of sevcn field events on the girls side to finish with 170 points, edging Zachary (1661/2) for the title. Denham Springs (85) finished third.
“I was pleasantly surprised,” Zachary coach Chris Carrier said of his team’s field performance. “I thought if we got 50 points it would be good, and we got about 70. It was a real group effort with the kids and the coaches.”
It was the second straight 4-5A title for the Broncos. Walker won its first girls title in recent years, WHS coach Will Silk said.
“The girls field did a great job,” Silk said. “We were able to pick up some extra points there we weren’t expecting. The girls on the track were able to hold it.”
The top four finishers in each event advance to next week’s regional meet at Dutchtown High.
Double winner Chris Taylor helped lead the Zachary boys in the field, winning the shot put with a toss of 48 feet, 2¼ inches and the discus (124-11). Taylor and Central’s Craig Jones, who won the long jump (23-2½) and the triple jump shared Outstanding Field Performer honors for the boys. ZHS’ Darryl Anderson won the high jump in 6-2.
Central’s Gary Triplett, who won the 100 meters in 11.06 seconds, the 200 in 22.70 and was part of the winning 4x100-meter relay, was the Outstanding Track Performer.
Jessie Cole and Henry Diyondre were Zachary’s leaders on the track. Diyondre swept the boys hurdles, winning the 110 in 15.24 seconds and the 300 in 39.12. Cole won the 400 in 48.16 and was part of ZHS’ winning 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
“It was all for the team,” Cole said. “I’ve been dealing with hamstring issues all year, and a lot of people have thought I fell off. But my team, my coaches, everybody had faith in me. I had to step up at a big time like this for them.”
Outstanding Field Performer Mi’ca Lowe and Baylie Stears teamed to lead the Walker girls. Lowe won the discus (112-7) and javelin (113-4) and was second finisher in the shot put. Kristen Baudoin (pole vault, 9-6) and Baylie Stears (high jump, 4-8) were other field winners for WHS.
“I wanted to come out and do the best for my team,” Lowe said. “The field is where I’m strongest, so I knew I had to do as much as possible.”
Stears also excelled on the track, winning the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes, 36.13 seconds and the 800 (2:30.95).
Zachary’s Nijah Lain won both girls hurdles events, winning the 100 (16.18) and the 300 (47.90) and was the girls Outstanding Track Performer.
Scotlandville’s D’Lacia McKinley (long jump, 17-1½) and (triple jump, 33-7) and Jaslyn Bowman (100, 12.37) and 200 (25.41) were other girls double winners.
Walker’s Brady Warren was the other boys, taking first in the 1,600 (4:34.89) and the 3,200 (10:23.83).