Although Jonesboro-Hodge High School was the host of the district 1-2A track meet held on Thursday, the meet was actually held at Quitman High. They felt right at home anyway. Both boys and girls squads dominated D’Arbonne Woods, Lakeside and North Caddo to claim district titles in each division.
Fourteen individuals earned the right to be called district champion, several multiple times over as JHHS won a combined total of 21 events. Fifteen times the two squads earned silver medals leading to 11 times that the Tigers/Lady Tigers finished one-two in an event.
In boys action the Tigers scored 116 points to win the district title by a whooping 38 points over second place D’Arbonne Woods, who also finished 18 points behind the Lady Tigers. Scoring was on a six point scale with six points for a 1st place finish, four for 2nd, three for 3rd, two for 4th and 1 for a fifth place effort.
Devontae Mozee led the Tiger boys in individual scoring after winning the high jump, long jump and triple jump as well as coming in second in the 300 Hurdles for a total of 22 points. Justin Calahan won the 100 Meters and ran a leg in the first place winning 4×100 relay’s and also took second in the long jump and triple jump to account for 20 points.
Savantez Phillips won the 110 Hurdles and Jamarriyea Lewis the 200 Meters. Combined with the legs they ran on two winning relay races they also came up big with 18 individual points. Cameron Leonard, who took the 300 Hurdles and finished second in the 110 Hurdles, along with 400 Meter winner, Zion Gray, who added a third place finish in the high jump, also came up big with both also running legs on the 4×400 relay winner.
Tydre Malone and Symeon Malone finished one-two in the javelin, O’Marrion Jackson won gold on two relays and Xavier Atkins was part of the 4×200 Relay winner and finished second in the 200 Meters. Additional contributors were D’marrion Thompson, who helped the Tigers grab a first and second in the relays and finished third in the 400 Meters, Kalep Atkins took second in the 100 Meter and 4×400 relays. Christian McGuire was on the 4×400 relay and won third in the 800 Meters with Daelan Boston taking fourth in the 800 Meters and 1600 Meters. Kehlin Boston also finished fourth in the Discus.
The overall star of the meet for Jonesboro-Hodge was Laila Johnson who scored 24 points to lead the girls to the title after being on four winners. The speedster won both the 100 and 200 meters and ran the anchor leg on the winning 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams. Rickiya Bryant was also impressive with victories in both hurdle races (100 & 300) and was on the 4×200 relay winner.
The two most versatile girls on the team Zymea Hoggro and Xabrianna Jackson took home three golds, with two in the relays and one each in the long jump and triple jump respectively. Each also won a silver medal when they finished behind each other in the jumps. A’Jorriana Hoggro was the final individual champion with her victory in the high jump and was also part of the second place finishing 4×400 relay.
Ja’Mauri Kimble earned four silver medals as she finished second in both hurdle events and was a member of the 4×400 and 4×800 relays. LeRonda McGuire ran with the 4×100 relay winners and 4×800 relay second place finisher with Jerriona Leonard earned two silvers (4×400, 4×800) and a bronze (Discus). Da’Raiyna Gray earned silver as a member of the 4×800 relay team and Morgan McGee took fourth in the shot put.
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