WATSON – It’s safe to say Sean Burrell had plenty to do with Zachary’s success at the District 4-5A Track and Field Meet on Wednesday at Live Oak.
That might be an understatement.
Burrell won three events in the field and was part of a winning relay team for the Broncos, earning Track MVP honors with a whopping 32.5 points.
“Sean is just an unbelievable athlete and an unbelievable kid,” Broncos coach Chris Carrier said. “He’s a great student-athlete. He came out today and had a goal in mind of shocking the world.”
Zachary kept its stranglehold on the league title, edging Scotlandville in the 4x400-meter relay to nab the championship. The team of Keiante Lazard, Xzavyer Carter, L’Jean McKneely and Christian Bell turned in a winning time of 3:26.80 ahead Scotlandville’s Bristen Tate, Trimell Carey, Zyan Booker and Nicholas Williams (3:27.42).
“District champs, baby. That was one of our goals,” Carrier said. “The girls had a great day, and the boys had to pull it out at the end. Credit goes to Scotlandville, but our kids came and battled all day. That 4x400, man, they really left it out there.”
“I kind of goaded the boys before the (final) race because our girls won the indoor championship on the last race, so I told them, ‘This is your chance to win a championship on the last race’, and they went out and performed well.”
Burrell set the pace in the 4x100 relay, hitting another gear once he got the baton in helping Zachary to a winning time of 41.32 seconds with relay mates Carter, Chandler Whitfield and Kendall Cleveland.
“I use the 4x100 to warm me up for the 400 because that’s my main event,” Burrell said. “I try to push myself so my legs get loose before the 400.”
That worked well for Burrell, too as he turned in a scorching time of 45.88 seconds in the 400 meters – a time he was thrilled with when he learned of it at the scorer’s tent.
“That’s my new PR,” Burrell said. “The Louisiana state record is a 45.99, and I wanted to get that record last year, and I had a 46.19. Now I broke it. Come state, I’m going to have to break it again.”
Burrell’s closest competition in the 400 was Dorian Camel of Scotlandville (47.97), while Denham Springs High’s Julian White was third (47.97).
Not to be outdone, Burrell blazed his way to a win in the 110-meter hurdles (14.61), followed by teammate McKneely (14.84) and Scotlandville’s Malik Northern (16.54).
Burrell also won the 200 in a time of 20.77, followed by Camel (21.41) and Trenton Charles (21.75).
Camel won the 100-meter dash (10.71), followed by teammate Charles (10.81) and Zachary’s Chandler Whitfield (11.19).
Zachary’s Chris Hilton won the high jump (6-2) and teammate Kolby Matthews won the shot put (44-03). The Broncos’ Jon Burrell won the javelin (186-09).
Scotlandville’s team of Nicholas Williams Charles, Torrinado Sims and DeJuan Ross finished second in the 4x100 in 41.42, while Central’s team of Destin Franklin, Isaiah Rankins, LeDerrick Thomas and Tre Johnson was third (43.01).
Kelvin Joseph, Camel, Ross and Charles of Scotlandville won the 4x200 relay (1:27.05), while Zachary finished second (1:28.83).
In the triple jump, Joseph got the win (43-06), while teammate Lajun Spears was third (42-09). Belaire’s Isiah Matthews finished second (42-10).
McKneely won the 300-meter hurdles (41.00), followed by Scotlandville’s Amaru Cavalier (42.28) and Malik Northern (42.40).