Demons’ Ard takes 2nd in 100-meters

Published 12:15 am Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Franklinton’s Damien Ard finished second in the 100 meters, Austin Thomassen was runner-up in javelin, Carson Ragas was second in the shot put and the Demons were well represented among regional qualifiers in the District 8-4A Meet that took place April 17 at Salmen High School.
Ard ran the 100 in 11.66 seconds. Salmen’s Edward Smith won the event in 11.33 seconds.
Thomassen threw the javelin 140 feet, 8 inches. Jasper LaSalle was fourth with a throw of 128-7. Lakeshore’s Zach Bernard captured the event at 162-5.
Ragas had a shot put distance of 40-6.5. Bernard won at 47-1.5.
Last Tuesday’s meet was a qualifier. The top four finishers from each event are headed to regionals. The Region 3-4A Meet is taking place today at South Terrebonne.
Franklinton is the only District 8-4A school from Washington Parish.
Several more Demons also qualified for regionals.
Thomassen and Taylor Cooper advanced in the pole vault with third-place and fourth-place finishes after clearing the bar at 8-0 and 7-6, respectively. Logan Leblanc recorded a 12-0 to win.
Cooper made it to regionals in two other events — the 800 and 1,600, with times of 2 minutes, 17 seconds and 5:32. Lakeshore’s Brandon Shows won both events after posting a 2:06 and 4:57.
Titus Watts was fourth in the 3,200 after completing the race in 13:10. Lakeshore’s Brian Bartee won in 11:32.
Avant Monnie was fourth in the long jump with a distance of 18-1. Salmen’s Carey Holmes won at 21-8.5.
Spencer Lambert took fourth in the discus after throwing a 101-2. Bernard won that event at 137-6.
The Demons three relay teams came in fourth. The 4×100 ran a 59.96 while the 4×200 recorded a 1:37 and the 4×400 completed the race in 4:15.
The 4×100 and 4×200 teams featured Bryan Williams, Damien Ard, Quaran Warren and Stevie Thompson. The 4×400 team included Cameron Sims, Shimon Davis, Thompson and Lamar Gray.
Lakeshore won the team competition with 114 points, as four teams posted points.
Salmen had 77 for second, followed by Pearl River’s 48 and Franklinton’s 35.
Several other athletes competed for Franklinton.
Watts was fifth in the 1,600 after running a 5:55.
Aden Hartzog was fifth in the 3,200 with a time of 13:49.
Thompson was fifth in the long jump with a distance of 17-6.5.
Monnie finished fifth in the triple jump after recording a 35-10. Holmes won after triple jumping 42-3.
Mason Givins was sixth in the shot put at 36-7.
LaSalle and Thomassen ran sixth and seventh in the 300 hurdles with times of 49.46 and 54.27, respectively. Salmen’s Anthony Mosley won the event in 40.45.
Williams was seventh in the 100 with a time of 12.18.
Dakota Gulsby was seventh in the discus, with a throw of 90-0.
Hayden Cotton and Warren ran seventh and eighth in the 200 with times of 25.26 and 25.37, respectively. Pearl River’s Nick Livingston won in 23.29.
Davis and Sims were seventh and eighth in the 400 at 1:04.14 and 1:04.33. Lakeshore’s Troy Henry won at 52.89.