You can call Datre’vien Bowie of Jonesboro-Hodge and Emma Carter of Quitman “high flyers”. You can also call them state champions after the pair of Jackson Parish high jumpers claimed gold medals in Class 2A and Class B respectively at the 2021 LHSAA state track and field meet held at the Bernie Moore Complex on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge.
Bowie won the Class 2A title and equaled a meet best in all classes by soaring to 6′ 7.5″, bettering his previous high mark of the year by 1.5″ to earn Elite Performer status by Milesplit LA. Carter leaped 4′ 11.75″ to win the Class B title by two full inches.
There were four more who ended up as state runner-ups as well with two each from Jonesboro-Hodge and Weston claiming silver medals. Laila Johnson clocked 26.04 in the 200 meters and Devonte Mozee ran a 40.73 in the 300 high hurdles. Lakerria Austin finished the 100 meter hurdles in 18.23 seconds and Mallory Tolar tossed the javelin 113’4″ to give Weston two second place finishes.
Clara Womack and Maddie Grace Giddens finished in third for Quitman in the pole vault and 300 meter hurdles to claim bronze medals as did Xabrianna Jackson of Jonesboro-Hodge in the triple jump and the JHHS girls 4×100 meter relay team.
Jackson Parish had a host of athletes claim points for their schools with fifth place finishes led by JH’s Mozee whose triple jump and high jump efforts gave him points in a parish best three events. Savantez Phillips (110 meter hurdles) and the 4×100 boys relay team and girls 4×200 quartet rounded out the fifth place finishers for JHHS. For Quitman it was Hunter Folks and Janice Pittman in the boys pole vault and girls javelin along with the 4×200 meter girls relay team while Weston was represented by the 4×100 meter relay team.