On your mark… Get set… POW! The starters pistol sounded for the first time this spring as the beginning of the 2022 LHSAA track season took place. For Jackson Parish schools, Quitman and Weston, that meant competing at the Cedar Creek Relays in Ruston on Friday, March 4th.
Along with fellow district 2B competitor Simsboro, the two local schools were the smallest in classification in the season opening meet that attracted 14 schools from northeast Louisiana. The Quitman girls and boys had the highest point total among Class B school’s that was good for a 6th and 9th place finish respectively. Weston finished 12th in the boys meet and 13th in the girls.
Ouachita Christian won both the boys and girls divisions with host Cedar Creek coming in second and Ruston third in the girls and Ruston and Sterlington taking silver and bronze in the boys division.
Individually, Maddie Grace Giddens scored twice in the hurdles and twice as a member of relay teams to post 32 points to her credit, over half of the Lady Wolverines, 61 point team score. Giddens and Kaleigh King finished 2nd and 3rd in the 300M High Hurdles to grab 14 points Quitman doubled up again in the 100M Hurdles as Giddens finished 3rd and Taylor Borland 5th to earn 8 points.
Additional top six finishers and point earners:
4x100M Relay- Bethany Leach, Emayshia Wiley, Giddens, Kaleigh King – 3rd Place (6 points)
4x400M Relay-Leach, Faith Odom, Giddens and Lily Kate Odom – 4th Place (4 points)
Shotput – AJ Gray – 4th place (3 points)
Long Jump – Bethany Leach – 5th place (2 points)
Triple Jump – Brayli Stewart – 5th place (2 points)
High Jump – Kylee Ann Dixon – 5th place (2 points)
Individually for the boys, Hunter Folks of Quitman had the highest finish with his 9’0″ jump earning fourth place in the Pole Vault. The 4x200M relay team of Brayden Smith, Geoffrey Maxwell, John Pabaya and Nathan Harvey earned a point with a 6th place finish with a time of 1:45.89 as did Taylor Huddleston, who clocked 5:25.62 in the 1600M. Nathan Harvey leaped 35’3″ in the triple jump and Kliebert Nicholas cleared the bar at 5’2″ in the high jump to grab 6th place finishes as well.
For Weston, the only point winners were Lexie Millien who took 4th place in the Long Jump to earn 4 points, Carroll Foshee, fifth in the Pole Vault for 2 points and the 4x100M relay team of Albert Daniel, Kaden Shirley, Daniel Washington and Albert Gage, who won 6th place for a point..
Quitman boys and girls take 2nd at Cedar Creek Junior High Meet
Quitman Junior High won second place in both the boys and girls divisions in the meet held at Cedar Creek High School in Ruston this past week. Teams that competed came from Cedar Creek, Ouachita Christian, Haynesville, Delhi Charter and Choudrant.
Medal winners are shown below.
Gold Medal Winners (1st Place)
Nathan Harvey – High Jump, 4x100M relay, 4x200M relay
Taylor Huddleston – 800M, 1600M
Tylor Huddleston – 4x200M relay
Abel Leach – Javelin
Jayden Harts – Long Jump
Kaleigh King – 100 Hurdles, 300 Hurdles, Pole Vault, 4x200M relay
Emayshia Wiley – 100M, 4x200M relay
Taylor Borland – 4x200M relay
Silver Medal Winners (Second Place)
Nathan Harvey – 4x100M relay
Taylor Huddleston – 4x400M relay
Tyler Huddleston – 4x100M relay, 4x400M relay
Jayden Harts – 300M Hurdles
Gage Horton – 800M, 1600M
Emayshia Wiley – 4x200M relay, 4x400M relay
Taylor Borland – Pole Vault, 100 Hurdles, 4x100M relay
Kinley Walker – 800M, 4x400M relay
Brooklyn Brown – High Jump
Emma Walker – Javelin
Bronze Medal Winners (Third Place)
Abel Leach – 400M
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