WALKER – From wire to wire, Zachary and Scotlandville were locked in a tight battle for boy’s District 4-5A Championship Wednesday night.
In the end, the Hornets wound up edging out the Broncos down the stretch, 195-174, at Walker High School.
Scotlandville won nine events, including the Long Jump (Reginald King, 22-2.50), Triple Jump (King, 44-9), 100 meters dash (Dejuan Ross, 10.90), 800 meters (Bristen Tate, 2:03.99), 300-meter hurdles (Amaru Cavalier, 39.96), and the 3200 meters (Lafayette Collins, 10:18.42).
For his performance, King was name Most Outstanding Field Athlete.
The Hornets won three of the four relay events, taking the 4x200 (1:27.74), the 4x400 (3:23.29) and the 4x800 (8:25.81) to power ahead of Zachary.
Scotlandville coach Johnny Duncan says that the stiff competition from Zachary pushed the Hornets down the stretch to their meet victory.
“Last year, we battled all the way down and we lost at the end by two points,” Duncan said. “The beat us in the mile relay. We were determined not to let that happen this year. I didn’t want any surprises. It was spectacular from start to finish. They fought like champions. They grinded at practice, they believed in the system, and this is the outcome. They really stepped up and performed beyond our expectations.”
The Broncos’ second place showing was powered by Sean Burrell’s night that included three wins in the 200 and 400 (21.62 and 49.72, respectively) as well as the 100-meter hurdles (13.54), good enough to earn him Most Outstanding Track Athlete honors.
“We knew it was going to be a battle coming in,” Zachary coach Chris Carrier said. “Scotlandville’s coach has done a good job. We just came out here and competed.”
Belaire finished sixth with 23 points while Central came in sevenths with nine points.
In the girl’s division, Zachary ran away with the district title with 208 points after winning 11 events in total, including eight of the 12 track events.
The Lady Broncos swept the relays, winning all four events: the 4x100 (48.45), 4x200 (1:43.60), 4x400 (4:11.23), and 4x800 (10:22.81).
“I thought we really came out very business-like,” Carrier said. “I wanted the girls to run good. We’re looking forward to advancing and going to regionals next week.”
Indya Jackson propelled Zachary to victory in the 200 and 400
(25.52 and 56.89, respectively). For that and her participation
in the Lady Broncos’ 4x100 and 4x200 victories, Jackson was named Most Outstanding Track Athlete.
Orsciana Beard provided the Broncos with three event wins in the long jump (16-09.50), triple jump (38-08.00), and 100 Hurdles (15.48). For her performance, she was named Most Outstanding Field Athlete.
“We always like to start strong,” Carrier said. “Having (Beard) in the long jump and triple jump is big for us. It kind of gets us going for the rest of the night.”
Scotlandville placed third with 126 points and two event victories in shot put (Nya Terrell, 38-07.00) and the 100 (Donneshia Gutter, 12:45) while Central finished sixth with 23 points.