LaFayette High’s track and field team competed in two meets last week. Both took place at Beauregard High School. The first was on Thursday and the second was on Saturday. Saturday’s meet was a make-up event from earlier this year.
LaFayette had some success on Thursday, though they competed with a shortened roster. The Bulldogs fared much better on Saturday, picking up a total of five event wins.
On Thursday, the girls team faired better that the LHS boys did, as they finished third out of the eight teams competing. The Bulldog girls earned a total of 58 points, and totaled four top-three’s, nine top-five’s and 17 top-10 finishes.
The LaFayette boys got the lone event win for the school, but finished in sixth place with 43 points. They totaled three top-three’s, six top-five’s and 11 top-10’s.
In the girls’ events, three of LaFayette’s top-five finishes came in relays. The 4x100m relay team of Shantavia Foster, Keaundra Woody, Daylan Wright and Tyanna Askew placed third. The 4x400m relay team of Kayla Watts, Kendra James, Wright and Skylar Hardnett placed fourth and the 4x800m relay team of Daijahnna Walton, Chencia Bell, Jasmine Pitts and Ebony Fields placed fifth.
The highest individual finish for the girls came from Tanyka Huguley with second place in the discus throw. Huguley also placed third in the shot put.
Hardnett earned a podium finish in the 100m hurdles, as she placed third. James finished fifth in the same event. D’Essence Boyd placed fourth in the javelin throw and Jaliscia Bledsoe was sixth in the event. Woody earned a solid finish in the 200m dash, placing fifth.
Other points earning individual performance for the LHS girls came from Askew and Foster, with sixth and seventh, respectively, in the long jump, and Walton with eighth in the 800m run.
In the boys events, LaFayette’s lone win came from Brendan Tucker in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.61 seconds.
Three Bulldogs relay teams earned top-five finishes at the meet. The 4x100m team of Wilvoski Pitts, Markel Paige, Matthew Cartwright and Azerious Brook, and the 4x200m team of Pitts, Rasheed Williams, Charles Ballard and Cartwright both placed third. The 4x800m relay team of Zen Heard, Devantae King, Quentin Ray and Everett Sims finished in fifth place.
Omar Boston earned a fourth place finish in the 200m dash and Cartwright was fifth in the event. Other top individual performances for LaFayette came from Williams with sixth in the 110m hurdles, Fitzgerald Briskey with seventh in the 400m dash, and Jerderic James with sixth in the javelin throw.
On Saturday, both the LaFayette girls and boys teams placed second overall. The boys were especially impressive, finishing with four wins, 10 top-three’s, 18 top-five’s and 26 top-10’s. They totaled 77 points as a team.
The LHS girls totaled 79 points as a team. They picked up one win, eight top-three’s, 13 top-five’s and 21 top-10’s.
For the Bulldog boys, Jatarvious Whitlow picked up two wins for the team. He was tops in the triple jump and the long jump. Whitlow also placed second in the high jump.
In general, LaFayette was dominant in the jumping events. Maurice Foster placed second in both the triple jump and long jump and Quentavious Whitlow was fourth in the high jump. Jamarquez Boston-Gaines placed fifth in the long jump and was seventh in the triple jump, while Shanthesis Williams was seventh in the high jump.
The other individual win for the boys came from Brendan Tucker in the 110m hurdles. Rasheed Williams was fourth in the event and Quentavious Whitlow placed fifth.
Once again, the LaFayette relay teams were strong at the meet. Leading the way was the first place 4x1500m relay team of Desmond Holloway, Jerderic James, D’Anthony Walton and Quentin Ray. The 4x200m team of Wilvoski Pitts, Rasheed Williams, Michael Dozier and Matthew Cartwright and the 800 sprint medley team of Dozier, Foster, Tucker and Omar Boston both placed second in their respective events. The 4x100m relay team of Pitts, Dozier, Cartwright and Foster finished third and the distance medley team of Everett Sims, Shanthesis Williams, Zen Heard and Devantae King placed fourth.
The boys scored three other fifth place finishes in relay events, with Pitts, Rasheed Williams, Charles Ballard and Cartwright in the 4x400m relay, Ray, Tydareius Scott, Fitzgerald Briskey and Jamarious Beatty in the 4x800m relay and Azerious Brook, Omar Boston, D’Anthony Walton and Ballard in the 4x200m relay.
Like the boys team, the LaFayette girls were strong in relay events. Their lone win came in the 4x100m relay with Shantavia Foster, Kayla Watts, Daylan Wright and Tyanna Askew. The same group also placed second in the 4x200m relay and the 4x400m relay team of Watts, Ebony Fields, Wright and Skylar Hardnett placed third. The 4x1500m relay team of Sabrina Allison, Wilzarra Askew, Rahiesha Harris and Tanyka Huguley also earned a third place finish, while the 4x800m relay team of Andreana Barker, Chencia Bell, Jasmine Pitts and B’Yonnah Toles and the distance medley team of Zakkaria Cofield, Fields, Walton and Tytianna Smith both placed fourth in their respective events.
The LaFayette girls had several strong individual performances at the meet. Watts earned second place in the triple jump and Kendra James took third in the 100m hurdles. Skylar Hardnett in the high jump, Tanyka Huguley in the discus throw and D’Essence Boyd in the javelin throw, each scored third place finishes. Huguley also placed fourth in the shot put and Boyd was fifth in the same event. Rahiesha Harris finished fourth in the discus throw and Shantavia Foster was fifth in the long jump.
LaFayette’s next scheduled meet will be on April 2, when they participate at the Beauregard Speed Meet. Events will begin at 3:30 pm CST.