Sweeping the relay races, the Bastrop Lady Rams placed second out of five teams at the Super 1 Relays on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon at ULM's Brown Stadium.
Crossett easily won the first place team trophy with 166 points. Bastrop was next with 86, followed by Wossman with 70, Huntington with 62 and Neville with 58.
“The girls did well, but we still have a lot of small things to correct and we have some spots we need to fill in a couple of events,” Bastrop coach Sedarrin Freeman said. “The girls, I think, have a chance to fight for district, to fight for regional and a chance to fight for state because of the depth we have, but none of those things are going to happen without great practice habits and consistency.
“I feel good about the year and about this group of kids — girls and boys. I have no problems or complaints with them.”
Destini Davis, Stataija Johnson, Jessica Gray and Desiree McHenry moved the stick for a winning time of 50.63 in in the 4 x 100-meter relay.
Tierra Brooks, Gray, McHenry and Johnson were clocked at 1:50.82 in the 4 x 200, while Aneicia Payton, Sharay Hyde, Gray and Devondria Jones set the standard with a 4:33.88 readout in the 4 x 400.
McHenry, who placed second in the 200m and fifth in the 100m in last year's State Meet at LSU, only competed in the relays Saturday. Freeman kept McHenry on a limited schedule due to a right quad injury.
“Desiree has been to the doctor and it's not anything serious,” Freeman said. “By the end of the meet, she wanted to run the 100 and 200, but I didn't want her to overdo it. This is a big campaign year for her. If she can have a big junior year and keep her grades up, she has a chance to get a scholarship to a big school.”
Dineshia Chatman accounted for 16 points with second-place finishes in the 800m (2:54.87) and the 1600m (6:32.66).
In the 100m, Payton and Johnson were fourth and sixth, respectively. Payton was timed at 13.83, while Johnson checked in at 14.50.
Hyde was second in the 400m at 1:07.56, with Kbreaunna Heard taking sixth at 1:16.58.
Erial Freeze was third in the 100m hurdles at 21.02.
Deshaunay Ray uncorked a throw of 81-11 to finish third in the javelin, highlighting Bastrop's performance in the field.
Brooks added a third-place showing in the triple jump (29-06), while Francis Holmes was fourth in the discus with a throw of 65-0, followed by teammate Caitlin Robinson in fifth with a toss of 61-09.25.
Freeman was pleased with Bastrop's fan support on the chilly day.
“We had a lot of parents at the meet Saturday and I appreciate that,” Freeman said.
Page 2 of 2 - Freeman expects the Lady Rams' times and distances to improve with time and more favorable weather conditions.
“After spring break, we go to El Dorado and Ouachita before the District Meet,” Freeman said. “That's when I want us to be reaching our ceiling.”
Bastrop will compete in the National Guard Relays in Monticello, Ark. on Thursday.