Bogalusa, Varnado athletes combine on 3 top awards in Pearl River Track Meet

Published 12:31 pm Monday, March 30, 2015

Bogalusa and Varnado had strong showings at the Pearl River Meet March 19, as the schools’ boys and girls’ teams combined for three of the six top awards from the event.

Varnado’s Delrick Abrams was the boys overall Most Valuable Player for the boys while Bogalusa’s Jamecca Lucas was the girls’ overall MVP.

Bogalusa’s Terry Owens was selected as the boys’ track MVP.

Northlake Christian School’s Gary Sampson won the boys’ field MVP, and Pearl River teammates Ashley Nave and Hailey Martin were selected the track MVP and field MVP respectively in the girls’ competition.

Abrams had several top three finishes. He captured the triple jump with a distance of 39-8. Abrams finished second for the long jump (20-4) and in the 200 meters (23.45 seconds).

Bogalusa teammates Dominique Tillman (39-0) and Malon Robertson (35-4) were second and third in the triple jump, respectively.

Pearl River teammates won the two events Abrams was runnerup in. A.J. Taylor captured the long jump at 20-9, and Zeke Marchese topped the 200 in 23.02.

Abrams was also part of the Wildcats’ winning 4×100 relay team that had a time of 46.28. The rest of his teammates included Nick Darden, Tyrandis Crosby and Eddie Brooks.

Bogalusa was second in the 4×100 (46.69).

The Lumberjacks’ group had Matt Fox, Javon Tate, Dionte Lenoir and Robertson.

Bogalusa was victorious in the 4×200 in 1:54.

The Lumberjacks’ 4×200 relay team was the same as the 4×100 group.

Varnado was second in that race (1:56).

Brooks and Darden were on that squad. The rest of the team included D.J. Jefferson and Desmond Harry.

Owens took home a first, second and third place individually.

He captured the 800 in 2:30, finished second for the 1,600 (5:55) and third in the 3,200 (14:00). Owens finished ahead of Bogalusa’s Kentraé Lewis in the 800 (2:32).

Pearl River’s Mason Hemphill won both the 1,600 and 3,200. He ran the 1,600 in 5:48 and the 3,200 in 13:47.

Owens was also part of the Lumberjacks’ winning 4×400 relay team.

The rest of the group included Jalen Lucas, Matt Fox and Lewis.

Bogalusa’s Devonte Lenoir bested both hurdle events, the 100 and the 300. His 300 time was 47.52.

Teammate Fox was second in the 300 hurdles (48.44).

Kentraé Lewis and Jefferson were the other two local winners.

Lewis topped the 400 in 58.31 with Varnado’s Quincy James (58.95) running second and Bogalusa’s Jalen Lewis (1:01) third.

Jefferson won the javelin at 161-8, as Bogalusa’s Robertson was third (107-6).

Jefferson also took third in the high jump (5-2).

Pearl River’s Ladarius Wilford was first at 5-4. Bogalusa’s Tillman also jumped 5-4 but Wilford won because of fewer misses.

Bogalusa’s Lenoir had a pair of thirds. He was third in the shot put (38-4) and discus (88-2).

Northlake Christian School’s Sampson won both events. He threw the shot put 49-6 and the discus 129-10.

Bogalusa’s Tate was second in the 100 (11.49) and tied for third in the 200 (25 seconds).

Pearl River’s Marchese won the 100 in 11.12.

Switching to the girls, Lucas had a solid day on her way to the overall MVP award.

Lucas was victorious in two individual events, the 300 hurdles and the high jump. Her 300 hurdles’ time was 54.7, as Varnado’s Kenisha Kemp was third (59.56).

Lucas tied teammate Arielle Smith in the high jump, with both of them recording a height of four feet. Lucas won because she had fewer misses.

Lucas was also part of the Lady Jacks’ 4×200 relay team that won. The squad finished in 1:48.

The rest of the group was De’Erica Myers, De’Sha Rankins and De’Zyriah Rankins.

Bogalusa also won the 4×100 relay race in 53.41, as Varnado finished second (55.66).

The Lady Jacks were Miyana Roberts, Myers, De’Zyriah Rankins and De’Sha Rankins.

The Varnado runners included, Quierra Bickham, Ke’arria Green, Jaden Foster and Kemp.

Participants from Bogalusa and Varnado combined for several more first-place finishes.

De’Sha Rankins won the 100 in 13.10 seconds, ahead of Myers (13.63).

Bickham topped the 200 in 27.78, followed by De’Zyriah Rankins (28.69).

Myers was victorious in the 400 in 1:07 ahead of Varnado’s Destiny Keys (1:28).

Foster bested the 100 hurdles in 16.90.

Varnado’s Michaela Myers won the shot put with a throw of 25-1. Bogalusa’s Lula Ball was second (23-6).

Varnado’s Yienna Kemp defeated the field in the javelin at 80-0.

Bogalusa’s Alexis Turner finished runner up (68-10) and Ball took third (64-7) for the event.

De’Zyria Rankins was the long jump winner at 16-4. Varnado’s Foster was third (13-9).

Also, Varnado teammates Kenisha Kemp and Breanna Holmes occupied the top two spots in the triple jump.

Kemp’s jump was 30-10 while Holmes had a jump of 28-8.