WATSON -- Walker and Denham Springs High picked up second- and third-place finishes at the District 4-5A Track & Field Meet on Wednesday.
The Wildcats and Yellow Jackets finished with 115 and 77 points, respectively, while Zachary ran away with the championship after amassing 214.5 points.
Walker coach Will Silk he didn’t realize the Lady Cats took second place in the meet until the final results were announced.
“I didn’t even look at the team scores all night,” Silk said. “We were just trying to qualify individuals (for next week’s regional meet), and then they announced we were district runner-up with the girls. That was a pleasant surprise. Very proud of the girls.”
Walker took three field events: discus, high jump, and pole vault. Lilly Waguespack won the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 4 inches, tying her personal record. Evyn Fitzgerald won pole vault with a height of 9 feet and Brooklyn Giovingo took first in javelin throw with a distance of 131-6.
The Wildcats had a consistent showing in the team relays, finishing second in the 4x200 with a time of 1:41.38 and third in both the 4x100 and 4x400 with times of 50.31 and 4:28.91.
Walker took five separate third-place individual finishes: Delaney Anderson in the 800 meter (2:40.99), Raven Barze in the 400-meter run (59.82), Giovigno in the 300-meter hurdles (48.70), Ja’Myra Dickson in the 200-meter dash (26.12), and Kaye-Loni Bowden in the 3200-meter run (13:04.01).
Denham placed in three field events, including second and third in the pole vault as Kayla Perault and Carly Cruise tied at 8 feet. Lewis Darbonne placed third in the high jump with a 4-10 Kayleigh Tomasich also placed third in discus throw with 84-01 and Melaine Key finished second in triple jump with a distance of 34-6.5.
The Yellow Jackets placed second in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:24.03 and picked up an individual podium finish from Raychelle Riley in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.60.
Hosting Live Oak had a relatively quiet night, save for two strong individual showings in the long track events, one of which prevented Zachary putting up a clean sweep of the meet.
Claudia Henry picked up a win for Live Oak in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:42.32, two seconds clear of Zachary’s Ashlyn Davis. Henry won the race by emptying the tank in the last leg after struggling to keep pace with Davis, surging ahead at the tail end of the race to clip the favorite. Along with the win, Henry shattered her personal record of 5:45.03 by three seconds.
“The whole time I was behind her I was thinking that she at least ran nine seconds faster than me,” Henry said. “She was a lot faster than me, so I’ll just try and stick with her. What I did the whole time was just stay behind her. I have this thing where in my races I can always out-sprint at the end, so I knew if I kept behind her the whole time and out-sprinted her at the end, I could do it. Honestly, I got to the end and said, ‘there is no way I just did that.”
Davis repaid the favor in the 3200-meter run when she posted a time of 12:29.00, 31 seconds faster than Henry’s second-place time of 13:01.00. Henry her furious finish in the 1600 contributed to her finish in the 3200.
“(The 1600 race) was the fastest I’ve ever ran a mile, so I felt really nauseous in between,” Henry said.
“I was actually thinking ‘I don’t know if I’m going to finish’ but I have this thing where I can’t not finish my race and I can’t not give it my all.”
A win and second-place finish isn’t anything to scoff at, and Henry knows it, especially when Zachary won every other track event with the exception of the 1600.
“I’m really happy,” Henry said. “Even though my second race wasn’t my best, I know still gave it my all. I’m really happy about a district win. I have to give myself credit because I did do well in my first race.”
Live Oak picked up a single top-three finish in the rest of the meet with Julia Boulton’s third place finish in triple jump of 32-10.5.