FHS’ Williams wins field MVP in district meet

Published 3:25 pm Friday, April 24, 2015

Franklinton’s Peter Williams had a huge day at Tuesday’s District 8-4A meet, winning three events and finishing third in another at the St. Scholastica Academy Sports Complex.

His success led to him being selected as the field Most Valuable Player.

Williams captured the long jump at 20-6.5. He won the triple jump with a distance of 42-6.25. He was also victorious in the javelin at 147-3. Williams was also third in the high jump (5-8). The top three high jumpers were at 5-8. The other two were Salmen’s Robert Hayes and Lakeshore’s Nic Mullen. Hayes, the overall MVP, won the event because of fewer misses.

Williams was part of a huge day for the Franklinton track and field team.

The Demons captured the meet, which featured four teams, with 94 points. Lakeshore (76) was second, followed by Salmen (68) and Pearl River (31).

Tuesday’s meet was a qualifying meet. The top four finishers from each event advance to the Region 3-4A meet, which set for Wednesday at East Jefferson High School in Metairie.

Tavion Partman and Rodney King both qualified in three individual events.

Partman was runner up in the long jump (20-4.75) and triple jump (40-10) while finishing third in the 100-meters (11.46).

Teammate Azende T. Magee captured the 100 in 11.10.

King advanced with third place finishes in the javelin (140-11) and 300 hurdles (46.30), and he was fourth in the 100 hurdles (18.21). Hayes won both hurdles. He ran the 100 hurdles in 16.33 and the 300 hurdles in 43.74.

P.J. Burkhalter, Deante Cotton and Martavius James captured individual events. Burkhalter was victorious in the shot put with a distance of 46-6.25, as Cotton was second (41-11).

Cotton won the discus at 117-3.

James captured the 200 in 22.34, beating out teammate Markus Conerly (23.13).

Also qualifying in an individual event for Franklinton was Bryan Baham (54.48), who was third in the 400.

All three of the Demons’ relay teams are headed to regionals. The 4×100 and 4×200 were victorious, running a 42.71 and a 1:29 respectively.

The 4×400 team (3:41) came in runner up behind Salmen, which was at 3:34.

The 4×100 squad featured Magee, Conerly, James and Partman. The 4×200 group had Magee, Baham, Conerly and James. The 4×400 squad was Baham, James, Taylor Cooper and William Walters.

Also for Franklinton, Burkhalter was fifth in the discus (99-0) while Trace Ballard (5:40) and Jacob Reeves (6:23) ran fifth and eighth in the 1,600.

Cooper was fifth in the 110 hurdles (21.12) and eighth for the 400 (1:00).

Reeves finished sixth in the 3,200 (14:21).

The track MVP was Lakeshore’s Connor Shows.