Traditionally, the Bastrop High track team has relied on the sprints. Any points in the distance were considered a bonus. Parting from the norm, the Rams secured their only two first place finishes in the distance races of the Super 1 Relays on Saturday afternoon at Brown Stadium on the ULM campus.
Demarcus Haynes won the 1600 meters and Ken Rabun claimed the 3200m to highlight the Rams' day. Rabun won his varsity debut with a readout of 12:52.68.
“I didn't know what to expect from Ken to be honest with you,” Bastrop coach Sedarrin Freeman said.
“He paced himself and had a good kick at the end. There weren't a lot of people out there, but still he worked hard in practice and prepared himself. I was proud of Ken.”
A smiling Haynes raised his index fingers as he crossed the finish line with a time of 5:13.41 in the 1600m.
“Haynes doesn't know how to give half-effort,” Freeman said. “He gives everything he has. I don't have a problem with him coming down the stretch with his hands raised up, knowing he's about to win.”
Shreveport Huntington edged out Crossett 117-110 in the team standings. Neville was a distant third with 68 points, followed by Bastrop with 66, Madison Parish with 45 and Wossman with 42.
Competing in only one event, Paris (Texas) and Clinton (Miss.) collected 10 points.
Most schools opted to stay home due to the less than ideal weather conditions. For the most part, cold weather and blustery winds hindered the times.
“With it being our first meet and taking the weather into consideration, I was proud of the way the kids went out and competed,” Freeman said. “The weather was the same for everybody.”
For the young Rams, Saturday's meet offered the chance to gain some valuable experience.
“Our boys team has a lot less experience than our girls team,” Freeman said, “but I think our boys have a tremendous upside if they'll work at it.”
In the hurdles, Xavier Latting was runner-up in the 300m at 46.69, while Lenzell Jones was third in the 110m at 18.12.
Carnealius White placed fourth in the 400m (55.30) as did Devin Cherry in the 1600m (5:36.93).
Bastrop took fourth in the 4 x 400m relay (3:53.49) and fifth in the 4 x 100m (45.59).
White, Ch'Kilas Calhoun, Devin Brown and Quartavious Johnson carried the baton in the 4 x 400m, with J-Man Davis, Brown, Jamari Payne and Mark Harden teaming up in the 4 x 100m.
Tyler Bayless led the Rams in the field events by placing second in the javelin with a throw of 147-08.
Jalynn Rayford finished fourth in both the shot put (38-08.75) and discus (105-08), while Chase Flowers was fifth in the javelin (99-04).
Page 2 of 2 - Bastrop is back in action Thursday in the National Guard Relays in Monticello, Ark.