Quitman girls win regionals, boys second

The depth of the girls team and six gold medal performances by the boys led to Quitman High School winning the girls championship and coming in third in boys competition at the Class B Region One Track and Field Meet held on Tuesday. 

By virtue of their combined 18 top three finishes in events, the boys and girls teams have also earned the right to compete in 9 events each at the LHSAA Class B State Track Meet that will be held on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge on May 4th. 

The Lady Wolverines scored in 15 of the 18 events to score 101 points to best second place Simsboro by five points. Fellow district 1B schools Castor, Weston and Doyline  were next with 70, 64 and 63 points respectively to round out the top five. 

 Castor High won the boys side with 105 points followed by Simsboro with 99.5 and host Quitman, who finished with 99, just a half a point behind. Choudrant came in fourth with 77 points while Converse finished fifth with 62.50 points. 

QHS State Qualifiers: (First, Second, Third)

Girls: Emma Carter, looking to become a three time state champion in the high jump was the only gold medal winner for the girls. Kaleigh King finished second in both the 100 and 300 hurdles to join the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relay teams of Neysha Johnson, Maddie Grace Giddens, Bethany Leach and Emayshia Wiley. Kinley Walker also won a silver medal in the 800 meters. The Lady Wolverines also had three place third in field events with King qualifying for her third event at state in the Pole Vault, AJ Gray in the Discus and Lily Kate Odom in the Triple Jump.

Boys: Led by Nathan Harvey winning the 110 and 300 Hurdles, the boys team took home six gold medals. Other first place finishers were: Bryan Lay (Pole Vault), Sebastian Guinn (Shot Put), Gage Horton (3200 Meters) and Taylor Huddleston (1600 Meters). Brayden Smith finished in second place in the 200 Meters with Horton (1600 Meters) and the 4×200 Meter Relay Team of Geoffrey Maxwell, Jayden Harts, Brayden Smith and Nathan Harvey taking third place finishes.  

WHS State Qualifiers: (First, Second, Third)

Girls: Jalexia Claridy won first place in the Shot Put and Discus with Lexie Millien taking second in the Long Jump and Keeley Davis Keeley Davis placing third in the 300 Meter Hurdles. The Relay Team of Lexie Millien, Carlynn Waters, Ronneica Kimble, and Keeley Davis won the 4×200 Meters and placed third in the 4×100 Meters. In boys competition, Darin Allen came in second in the Javelin and both Sterling Stroud and Jayden Simmons won bronze medals in the Long Jump and 110 Meter Hurdles respectively. 

Class B, Region One, Final Team Standings

Girls: (18 events scored) 
1) Quitman 101
2) Simsboro 96
3) Castor 70
4) Weston 64
5) Doyline 63
6) Converse 57
7) Forest 33
8) Florien 25
9) Choudrant 21
10) Negreet 14
11) Zwolle 6

Boys (18 Events Scored)
1) Castor 105
2) Simsboro 99.50
3) Quitman 99
4) Choudrant 77
5) Converse 62.50
6) Zwolle 47
7) Weston 30
8) Negreet 18
9) Doyline 15
10) Florien 5

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