U.S. Army National Guard Relays (Girls)
Bastrop High's girls relay teams remained undefeated at the National Guard Senior Billie Relays, held Thursday at Monticello High.
Bastrop swept the 4 x 100-meters, 4 x 200m and 4 x 400m at the ULM Super Relays on Saturday, March 2.
Entering only two races Thursday — Arkansas offers the 4 x 800m rather than the 4 x 200m — the Lady Rams won the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m despite the absence of their anchor leg, Desiree McHenry.
Destini Davis, Stataija Johnson, Tierra Brooks and Jessica Gray circled the track for a winning time of 52.5 in the 4 x 100m.
In the 4 x 400m, Aneicia Payton, Sharay Hyde, Gray and Devondria Jones moved the baton for a victorious time of 52.5.
Desiree McHenry was held out of the relays after placing third in the 100m (12.7) and fourth in the 200m (28.4).
“Desiree had been sick all day,” Bastrop coach Sedarrin Freeman said. “We decided not to run her anymore after the 100. Tierra came in and ran the third leg in the 4 x 100 and did a real good job.”
Throwing in her first meet of the season, Michelle Hardin, the reigning Class 4A state runner-up in the shot put, threw a personal record 38-1 en route to finishing second in the shot put.
“Michelle set a personal best in the shot put,” Freeman said. “She threw even better than she did at LSU (at the state meet).”
Crossett won the team trophy at the 15-team event with 144.5 points, followed by Camden Fairview
with 112, El Dorado with 58.5 Maumelle with 54 and Bastrop with 53.5.
“It was a state qualifying meet for the Arkansas schools, so there was some good competition,”
Freeman said, “but the meet just didn't run very smooth.”
Freeman said the running events started an hour, 45 minutes behind schedule.
“I was proud of the way our kids competed with the late start,” Freeman said.
Dinesha Chatman had a solid meet for the Lady Rams, placing fifth in the 800m (2:53.9) and the 1600m (6:24).
Also contributing to the Lady Rams' scoring were Kbreauna Heard, fifth in the 200m (29.5); Stataija Johnson, sixth in the 100m (13.1); and Hannah Paschal, sixth in the 100m hurdles.
“We showed some improvement and we're going back to work and trying to show some more improvement Friday at Wossman,” Freeman said.