WATSON -- Zachary ran away with the title at the District 4-5A Meet at Live Oak on Wednesday.
The Lady Broncos racked up a total 214.5 team points, a half point shy of exactly 100 more than the second-place school, Walker. Zachary claimed both running and field MVP honors as Kristian Jackson was voted the best performer in the field and Indya Jackson was voted as the best runner.
Jackson ran away with the shot put and discus, throwing 43-3 in the shot put and a personal record 136-06 in the discus.
Her shot put victory cleared second-place Nya Terrell of Scotlandville’s 37-11 by nearly six feet and she bested teammate Micah Taylor’s 96-8 by 40 feet.
“I’ve been practicing my discus a lot lately,” Jackson said. “I didn’t know I was going to throw 136, but I ended up throwing 136. I was hitting 129-130 in practice.”
Jackson sees her new personal record as progress but still is far from her end goal.
“My top competition is throwing around 140,” Jackson said. “And I should be getting there by the time state comes around.”
Orsciana Beard also took a victory in the field for the Broncos with a triple jump of 37-2.75 and second in the long jump with a distance of 16-4.75. Beard also swept the hurdles competitions, winning both the 100 and 300 meter events.
The short event was a comfortable victory for Beard, as she finished with time of 15.50, over a whole second faster than the second-place runner. Her 300-meter run was much tighter, as she edged Denham Springs’ Raychelle Riley with a time of 48.44 to Riley’s 48.60.
“I ended up stutter-stepping,” Beard said of the 300-meter race. "The last two I stutter- stepped and I had to fight to finish at the end. It was a big adjustment for me, because I’m used to a 1-2-3 pace in the 100 (meter hurdles). I had to go with technique and form in the 300-meter hurdles and make sure my knees would get over the hurdle in the right way. But I was confident. I trusted the process I learned through training.”
Outside of Beard and Jackson, Zachary picked up one more top three finish in the field with Nya Lewis coming in second in high jump with a height of 5 feet.
The Broncos swept the relay events, winning the 4x200 meter with a time of 1:41.38, the 4x100 with a 47.67, and a rout in the 4x400 with a time of 4:07.38, 17 seconds faster than second place Denham’s time of 4:24.03.
But Zachary’s dominance didn’t end there. The Broncos also won the 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes. Kayla Clifton brought home the gold in the 100-meter dash with a tight 12.35 and Indya Jackson came in first in both the 200- and 400- meter races with a time of 25.24 and 59.35. Tameron Turner won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:36.53.
The only running event Zachary didn’t win was the 1600-meter run, where favorite Ashlyn Davis was passed late by Live Oak’s Claudia Henry and finished two seconds behind with a time of 5:44.09. But Davis got her revenge in the 3200, winning by 31 seconds with a time of 12:29.00.
In addition to those victories, the Broncos also had four 1-2 finished in the meet. Kiara Bethley finished second to Clifton in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.65 and in the 200 with a 25.80, Katlyn McDonald finished two seconds behind in the 800-meter run with a 2:38.26, and Monet McDaniels three seconds behind Indya Jackson in the 400-meter run (59.01).
WATSON -- Walker and Denham Springs High picked up second- and third-place finishes at the District 4-5A Track & Field Meet on Wednesday.