Local athletes headed to state track/field meets

Published 12:49 pm Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Track/field athletes have reached the championship and will look to capture state titles.

Eight individual athletes and three relay teams will combine to compete in 14 events in the state meets.

To reach state, athletes had to come in the top four in their events at district. That put the LHSAA athletes in regionals and the local MAIS athletes in South State. In LHSAA, they had to come in the top three at regionals to reach state, while in MAIS, they had to come in the top four at South State.

Varnado has two state qualifiers in the Class 2A meet in Jamari Lewis and Zamoriyon Washington. Lewis will compete in the javelin, while Washington is in the 100 meters. Both captured those events at regionals.

Washington reached state in the 100 last year and came in sixth place.

Lewis and Washington will compete on Friday at Bernie Moore Stadium on the campus of LSU.

Bowling Green has two qualifiers in Zeke Burford and Joey Dupont and they will compete in the Class 5A Meet on Friday.

Burford is going for a championship in the long jump, while Dupont qualified in the high jump.

Dupont came in third place in the high jump, while Burford was fourth for the long jump at South State.

Ben’s Ford Christian School has one qualifier competing on Friday in Avery Dantin, who will be running the 3,200. She won the 3,200 at South State.

Bowling Green School and Ben’s Ford Christian School are competing at Jackson Preparatory School for all of the events.

Sticking with Ben’s Ford, they will be represented in several events on Saturday.

Dantin will run the 1,600, Delaney Perrette is running the 100, while Jacob Robichaux is in the 400 and Caleb Matthews is in the 800.

Perrette captured the 100 at South State, while Matthews was second in the 800 and Dantin and Robichaux were third in the 1,600 and 400 respectively.

Ben’s Ford Christian School also has three relay teams in the state meet that include the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400. Ben’s Ford’s 4×400 team came in second, while their 4×100 and 4×200 teams were both fourth.

Switching back to LHSAA, Bogalusa has two athletes going to state in Aquinas Roberts and Haikem Thompson.

Roberts made the Class 3A state meet in the high jump and Thompson qualified in the javelin. Thompson won the javelin at regionals, while Roberts was third in the high jump.

Thompson and Roberts will compete on Saturday at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.