DUTCHTOWN — The Dutchtown boys track team was neck and neck with Zachary for most of the day at the Elder Outreach Dutchtown Invitational track meet.
That changed when the Griffins’ Koran Mott and Coney Durr stepped to the line for the 100-meter dash.
Less than 12 seconds later, Dutchtown took a lead in the team standings that it would never give up again as the teammates finished first and second.
Mott took the top spot at 11.03 seconds, while Durr finished just behind at 11.22 seconds to give the Griffins 18 points on their way to a 107-90 victory over Zachary in Griffins Stadium.
“We just compete against each other,” Durr said. “He’s more of a track guy, and I’m more of a football guy, so I just try to push myself to compete with him. We (Dutchtown) just came out here and competed, and we’re improving every week.”
The Dutchtown boys won four other events, including the 4x200 meter relay (1:29.63), Zach Kilpatrick in the 110 meter hurdles (15.21), Alex Black in the pole vault (10 feet) and Parker McBride in the 1,600 meters (4:37.32).
“We did a real good job on the track,” Dutchtown coach John Talley said. “We had some good performances in the field as well — Alex Black did well in the pole vault, which was a surprise win for us — but for the most part, we had a pretty good day on the track.
“We’re just happy to get out running today.”
Zachary didn’t go home empty-handed, though, taking a commanding win on the girls side of the competition.
The Broncos sparked a run late in the evening to win 139-120 over second place St. Joseph’s Academy.
The turning point for the Zachary girls was when Janie O’Connor and Indya Jackson took first and third in the girls 400-meter dash with times of 55.71 and 1:00.44 seconds, respectively.
And while Zachary coach Chris Carrier praised O’Connor and Jackson for their performances, he was particularly impressed with Kristian Jackson’s display in the field events.
Jackson was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Field Athlete after winning the discus competition with a throw of 129-feet-1, besting her next closest competitor by almost 35 feet.
It was a personal record for Jackson, who would have finished in third place if competing in the boys division.
She also won the girls shot put with a throw of 43-feet-9.
“She’s one of the hardest workers on our team,” Carrier said. “She was kind of disappointed on Saturday when we went to Mobile because she didn’t throw as well as she wanted to, but she really came out well today.”
St. Amant’s Keilyn Raven was named the boys Most Outstanding Field Athlete winning the triple jump and long jump. He also ran the first leg on the Gator’s first-place 4x100-meter relay team.
It was the first time in his career to be honored with the distinction.
“It was good because last week I PR’ed (on the long jump) but I got hurt on my first jump, so I had to come back from injury and do better,” Raven said. “It was a great day.”