It didn’t take long for freshman Taylor Huddleston of Quitman High School to establish himself as the premier long distance runner in Jackson Parish. After finishing in the middle of the pack in the first two meets of the year, Huddleston exploded onto the scene at the Castor Invitational by winning the 1600 and 3200 meter races and coming in second in the 800 meters.
As result of the near tri-fecta of long distance races Huddleston, who has only three varsity meets under his belt, has been named the Jackson Parish Journal Spring Sports Standout of the Week for March 12th – 18th.
This award that is being sponsored by VP Raceway FastLube of Jonesboro, honors the best weekly performance by an athlete from JHHS, Quitman or Weston High School in the spring sports of baseball, softball, track, tennis or golf.
Jalexia Claridy: (Weston High) – Senior field specialist staked her claim to being tops in Jackson Parish in the discus and shot by winning both events at the Castor Meet. With a throw of 90′ 07″ won the discus by a whopping 18 feet and grabbed gold in the shot put with a toss of 32’6.5″ a solid foot and a half further than the competition.
Nathan Harvey: (Quitman High) – Another Freshman that has made his name known in the hurdles by winning the 110 meter hurdles by nearly a second and a half and coming in third in the 300 meter hurdles. Also ran a leg on Quitman’s third place 4×200 relay team.
Bryan Lay: (Quitman High) – The junior Pole Vaulter won the Castor Meet by a foot and a half over the next closest competitor. Even more impressively, his vault of 13 feet set a new school record and tied one of the oldest track and field records in Jackson Parish history, that was first set in 1963.