JHHS takes boys team title at Llewellyn Starks Invitational

Jonesboro-Hodge proved to be the “host with the most” this Friday as they edged out Holy Savior Menard to win the boys team title in the annual Llewellyn Starks Invitational that was ran at Caldwell-Peacock Stadium.

The Tiger thinclads won four events and took silver and bronze in three more to score 107 points, which was five points more than H. S. Menard, which hails from Alexandria. Grant High scored 82 points to grab third.

For those not familiar with the greatest boys track performer in Jackson Parish history, Starks was the 1985 LHSAA Class AA long jump champion, 1990 NCAA Outdoor Long Jump national champion before embarking on his professional career. As a pro, Starks competed against the top two long jumpers in United States history, Carl Lewis and Mike Powell and was a silver medalist in the Pan American Games in 1991 and two time bronze medalist in the US National Championships. In the final qualifying meet for the 1992 Olympic games Starks career came to shocking end when he suffered a horrific compound fracture of his right leg.

“LeLe,” as Starks is affectionately known by locals, would be especially pleased with the way the Tigers took the crown as JHHS was particularly effective in the “jumps” portion of the meet taking two firsts and second and a third.

Justin Calahan led the Tigers with a first place finish in the long jump and took third in both the triple jump and 100 meter dash. Devontae Mozee won the high jump with a leap of 6’6” and also took third in the triple jump. Additional gold medal winners for the Tigers was Cameron Leonard in the 300 Hurdles and the 4×100 relay race team. Savantex Phillips won silver in the 110 Hurdles with Xavier Atkins taking third in the 200 meters as did the 4×400 Relay team to round out the podium placers for the Tigers.

In girls competition, Xabrianna Jackson won the triple jump to win the sole gold medal for the Lady Tigers who finished fourth in team competition with 58 points. Holy Saviour Menard scored 201 points to win by a whopping 104 point over second place Grant High. Franklin Parish High out of Winnsboro came in third.

The J-H girls also had four second place finishes with Zymea Hoggro and Laila Johnson grabbing silver in the long jump and 100 meter dash respectively along with the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relay teams. Johnson also won a bronze medal in the 200 meter dash.

J-H Middle School sweeps junior high meet

Both the boys and girls track teams from Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School won the junior high meet over five other competitors this past Thursday at Caldwell-Peacock stadium on the campus of Jonesboro-Hodge High School.

The boys won their division by out-scoring second place finisher Natchitoches Junior High by a 132-107 margin. Webster Junior High came in third with 47 points, followed by Weston (24), Lincoln Prep (21) and Ringgold who finished with 17 points.

On the very competitive girls side the Junior Lady Tigers scored 90 to win by four over Natchitoches Junior High (86) and nine points over third place Ringgold (81). Webster Junior High was next with 69 points followed by Weston (20) and Lincoln Prep (1).

Individually for J-HMS, Dakota Know won gold medals in the 100 Hurdles and Long Jump to pace J-HMS with Peyton Shows and the 4×100 and 4×200 relays teams also winning first places. Shows also won a silver medal in the 100 Hurdles with Jason Blackburn coming in second in both the 100 and 200 meter dash. KaDarrion Thompson (400 meters) and Jason Ayres (Triple Jump) rounded out the second-place finishers. Jastyn Kimble (200 meters), Troy Baude (400 meters), Dylan Hayes (High Jump) and Keistan Horn (Discus won bronze medals as did the 4×400 relay race team.

Neighboring Weston had Brandon Graham win first place in the shot put with Easton Hall taking second in the discus in the boys division and Keeley Davis taking second in the 100 Hurdles for the girls.

Gold medal winners for the J-HMS girls were Jaiden Venzant (400 meters), Ciara Gray (100 Hurdles), and Rihanna Johnson (Discus). In second was Sanaa Tatum (100 Meters) and the 4×100,4×200 relay teams. JaKhorelle Lard (100), Ciara Gray (200 meters), Lakayla McGuire (Long Jump) and the 4×400 meter relay team earned bronze medals for the Junior Tigers.

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