BATON ROUGE — Through two days of the LHSAA State Track and Field Championships, five athletes from Vernon Parish have struck gold.
BATON ROUGE — Through two days of the LHSAA State Track and Field Championships, six athletes from Vernon Parish have struck gold.
Though no team championships have been won by any of the Vernon Parish teams, athletes from Simpson, Hornbeck Anacoco, Pickering and Hicks topped the podium on Thursday and Friday at the meet held at Bernie Moore Stadium on the campus of Louisiana State University.
Six of the seven individual gold medals were won on Thursday during the Class B and C meets, while the other was claimed on Friday by Pickering senior Dontay Hargrove during the Class 2A portion of the competition.
Hargrove scored the only 10 points of the meet for the Red Devils as he won the state shot put championship for the second year in a row. He hurled the shot nearly 50 feet, finishing with a total of 49 feet, 11.5 inches, winning easily in the process.
Several other athletes from Vernon Parish placed on Friday, with Rosepine's Cade Ledet taking fourth in the 400-meter dash, Kierra Sanderlin claiming fifth in the ladies' 400-meter dash and Rosepine's Cheyenne Vander taking fifth in the 1,600-meter run and sixth in the 800-meter run, finishing with times of 5:35.95 and 2:32.21, respectively.
Thursday was quite a day for those from Vernon Parish as four athletes won five state titles.
The lone person from Vernon Parish to claim two gold medals on Thursday was Hornbeck eighth-grader John Jett II. In fact, he scored 28 of Hornbeck's 29 points as he was first in both the 3,200-meter run and 1,600-meter run, while claiming second in the 800-meter run.
Hicks' freshman Shaley Charrier took gold in the ladies' high jump as she cleared 5-1 to easily win the event, while Simpson freshman Dalton Reed was good for two medals — a gold in the long jump and a bronze in the triple jump.
The Anacoco duo of Brent Cosio and Michael Mounce each had gold-medal winning performances. Cosio was the champion of the 400-meter dash, while Mounce rounded out the championship gold gathering on Thursday as he obliterated the competition in the javelin with a throw of nearly 174 feet.
Several silver and bronze medals were captured by Vernon Parish athletes on Thursday as well, with Evans' Joshua Brack taking second in the Class C discus, Anacoco's Josh Martin was the runner-up in the Class B shot put, the Anacoco Lady Indians were second in the 800-meter relay and the Hicks Lady Pirates were second in the mile relay, easily beating their previous best time by nearly 12 seconds.
Anacoco senior Nicole Fitzgerald earned individual bronze in the 100-meter low hurdles, while Evans' Jessy Smith won third in two events — the 800-meter run and the 3,200-meter run. Additionally, Simpson's LaKin Ogilvie was third in the ladies' Class C 3,200-meter run, while Hornbeck youngster Hannah Dahlhoff was third in the Class B girls' 1,600-meter run.
In the Class B team category, both teams from Anacoco placed fourth overall, each reeling in 44 points. The Hornbeck Hornets were ninth with 29 points on the boys' side, while Hicks was tied for 20th with four points and Pitkin tied for 22nd with one point. On the ladies' side, the Hicks Lady Pirates were 10th overall with 25 points, while Hornbeck tied for 18th with six points.
In Class C, Evans was eighth place as a team in the boys' standings with 27 points, while Simpson tied for 12th with 16 points. On the ladies' side, Simpson tied for 13th with eight points.