Zachary boys, girls blaze way to sweep at Hornet Relays _lowres

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Zachary's Janie O'Connor, left reaches the baton to her teammate Kiara Bethley in the girls 4x200 meter relay in the Hornet Relay held at Scotlandville High on Friday, March 20.

The Zachary High School girls sprinters turned in blazing performances and the Broncos boys had high marks across the board to capture both divisions of the Hornet Relays at Scotlandville High on Friday.

The boys used a collection of personal bests in piling up 137 points, icing the win with a 1-2 finish in the 3,200 meters. East St. John finished with 107, followed by Scotlandville (74) and Woodlawn (58).

Zachary won the girls event with 159 points, followed by Parkview Baptist with 98 and East St. John with 73.

The Zachary girls opened the running events by setting a school record of one minute, 39.97 seconds in the 4x200 meter relay. Janie O’Connor, a winner in the 200 and 400 meters, teamed with Dakota Williams and Kiara Bethley, who finished 1-2 in the 100 meters, and Jennifer Brown on the record-setting team.

“Any time you run like that early in the year, I get excited right along with them,” Zachary coach Chris Carrier said. “We got (personal records) all over the place (Friday), boys and girls.

The success we’ve had over the past couple of years shows us where we’ve been and where we want to be. It’s like fuel to make us want to be better.”

Davis Hughes was a double winner for the Zachary boys, winning the 110 and 300 hurdles.

East St. John’s boys track coach Greg Gathers said he was a happy man following the meet, probably more so than his brother, Rico, whose Baylor Bears made an unplanned early exit from the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Thursday.

“I talked to him last night, and he’s in pretty good spirits,” Greg Gathers said. “They just found out why they call it March Madness.

As for his teams, Gathers had nothing but praise.

“Any time you can come up here against teams like Scotlandville and Zachary and Woodlawn that usually make some noise in the state and finish in the top five, or top two or three, it’s an accomplishment.

“It’s a credit to how hard the kids have worked,” he said.

ESJ was led by junior Dontrelle Allen, who finished first in both the 100 and 200.

Allen edged past Alabama football commitment Shyheim Carter of Kentwood in both races.

Allen ran 22.16 in the 200 and 10.85 in the 100 and also ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay team.

Allen was the outstanding boys track performer of the meet, and Marqueon Minor of Northeast the outstanding boys field performer.

“Dontrelle is a hard worker. He has a lot of talent, but doesn’t necessarily know how much talent he has,” Gathers said.

“He’ll do whatever we ask him to to help his team.”

Minor had an interesting day in his signature events. He won the triple jump with a mark of 41-feet, 4 inches, finished second to Hughes in the 110 hurdles, and finished in a rare tie for first in the javelin with Kendarius Harris of Woodlawn when both registered a mark of 162-4.

“I saw (Harris) was in front of me, and I threw my arm out trying to beat him and I threw the same thing,” Minor said of his personal record throw. “I’m too competitive to lose.”

O’Connor, who won the girls 200 and 400, was the outstanding girls track performer. Jade Hayes of Parkview won the long jump and triple jump to nab outstanding honors in the girls’ field events.

Bowman’s win at 1:00.41 was one of four for the Hornets in the middle distances. Dwayne Williams won the boys 400 in 49.15, Diamond Jonise won the girls 800 in 2:33, and Keivo Chandler ran a 2:05.91 to win the boys 800.