ZACHARY – Scotlandville spent most of Wednesday’s Region II-Class 5A meet in a tight battle with Catholic High, but in the end the Bears were able to edge out the Hornets for the title.
Catholic won the meet with 116 points off three event wins, while Scotlandville finished second with 95 points and three wins.
The Hornets’ three wins came in the long jump (Reginald King, 22-06.00), 4x100 (41.948) and the 4x800 (8:12.03). King took home Most Outstanding Field Athlete honors for Scotlandville after a tight start that saw no repeat winners in the field.
“They performed like champions,” Scotlandville track coach Johnny Duncan said. “You can’t take anything away from Catholic. Catholic is a juggernaut. They’re so strong. But we have good quality events that qualified for state, so we’re going to make a push next week for the championship. We’re definitely ready. I’m very proud of the way we performed.”
Meet hosts Zachary placed third with 86 points and three wins. In their last 5A meet before district rescheduling, Belaire placed 16th with seven points.
Sophomore Sean Burrell won three separate events for the Broncos, the 200 (21.603) and 400-meter run (47.65) in addition to the 100-meter hurdles (14.442).
Burrell’s near-dominant performance was good enough for him to be named Most Outstanding Track Athlete.
For Burrell, it was an encouraging meet result considering he was dealing with the effects of a hamstring injury.
“Coming off of injury, I’m just trying to get back to my normal ways of going through all my events back to back,” he said. “In the 400, my leg was hurting. I’m glad to see that I was improved enough to push through all the way and get my wind back together. I’m still not all the way there but it’s coming back soon.”
In the girl’s division, St. Joseph’s Academy outlasted a late charge from Zachary to win the championship with 134 points after five victories. The Lady Broncos finished with 115 points off nine wins, six of which came on the track.
“We have speed,” Zachary Coach Chris Carrier said. “Once we get to the sprints, those are our strengths. But other schools have an advantage in the distance, so we have to produce when it’s time to produce in the sprints and relays. I think our girls did that tonight.”
Scotlandville placed 10th with 19 points.
Orsciana Beard anchored the Lady Broncos’ runner-up finish by winning three of the four events she was entered in - long jump (18-03.5), triple jump (38-08.00), and 100-meter hurdles (15.3) – to the meet’s Most Outstanding Field Athlete honors.
“I’m glad I’m getting first in all of my events and helping the team,” Beard said. “Starting out with wins in the field first is like a ripple effect for the team. If I get first, everybody else falls in and does well. Every week I’ve been PRing and getting first in the long (jump). I’m just happy that I’m doing well in the long and triple.”
Beard gave Zachary the start they needed in the field and Indya Jackson helped to close the gap on the track. Like Burrell, Jackson won the 200 (25.82) and 400 meters (56.92). In addition to her individual wins, she assisted in the Lady Broncos’ 4x100 (48.037) and 4x200 (1:42.11) wins, earning her Most Outstanding Track Athlete honors.