Freshman Rodeisha Heard set personal records en route to winning two individual events, but it was her part in a second-place finish that sealed the District 2-4A track and field championship for the Bastrop Lady Rams on Wednesday afternoon.
Going into the final race of the day, the Lady Rams had to beat host West Ouachita in the 4 x 400-meter relay for the team trophy. Heard, Khadejia Tyler, Jessica Gray and Sharay Hyde combined for a 4:18.71 and a second-place finish, edging West Ouachita by nearly six seconds.
In the end, it came down to a half-point. Bastrop totaled 124 points, followed by the Lady Chiefs with 123.50, Wossman with 82.50 and Neville with 35.
"I think highly of coach (Jay) Watson at West Ouachita," Bastrop coach Sedarrin Freeman said. "Right before the 4 x 4, he came up to me and shook my hand and said, 'One of us is going to win it.' As Sharay came down the back stretch, he said, 'You're going to win it.' West Ouachita's coaches showed a lot of sportsmanship. They're a great group of guys."
Heard stole the show in the individual events by setting personal records in the long jump (15-07), triple jump (34-00.50) and high jump (4-08). Her efforts were good for first-place medals in the long and triple jumps and second in the high jump.
"Rodeisha is really beginning to understand the concepts of jumping," Freeman said. "Every week, she's getting better."
There are still some corrections to be made prior to Wednesday's Regional Meet at Benton, though.
"I was told that she was about a foot behind the board in the long jump," Freeman said.
Heard wasn't the only Lady Ram to have a big day in the field events.
Michelle Hardin established a personal record with a winning throw of 40-09.50 in the shot put. She was also second in the discus 105-05.50 and the javelin (96-07.50).
Also contributing in the field events were Tierra Brooks, fourth in the long jump (14-07) and fifth in the triple jump (29-08.50); Caitlin Robinson, fourth in the discus (85-03.75); and Makayla Harden, fourth in the shot put (30-08.50).
"After we scored 70-plus points in the field, I was feeling pretty good going into the running events," Freeman said.
Destiny Davis, Stataija Johnson, Jessica Gray and Desiree McHenry combined to win the 4 x 100m (50.36) and the 4 x 200m (1:47.18) relays.
Gray and Sharay Hyde placed 1-2 in the 400m with clockings of 1:03.27 and 1:03.29.
"Sharay was coming off of an injury, but looked good Wednesday," Freeman said.
Johnson was strong in the sprints, winning the 200m (25.90) and finishing fourth in the 100m (12.97).
Page 2 of 2 - Weakened by a stomach virus, McHenry, the reigning district champ in the 100m and 200m, placed third in the 200m (27.58) and fifth in the 100m (13.04).
"Desiree has been sick since our last track meet," Freeman said, referring to the Ouachita Relays on Thursday, April 10. "She was just able to start holding her food down Tuesday. She gave us everything she had, but she was weak from not being able to eat. She didn't qualify in the 100, which is her-least favorite event, but she made it to the next round in the 200. I think we'll see the old Desiree next week."
Fighting through shin splints, Dineshia Chatman placed second in the 800m (2:40.56) and the 3200m (14:57.72) and third in the 1600m (6:48.37).
"The long distances put a lot of wear and tear on your body," Freeman said. "I told Dineshia she could sit out the 800, but she said, 'No coach, I want to do all three.' She just goes and goes."
Erial Freeze and Jakiya Jones were 3-4 in the 100m hurdles with times of 18.90 and 19.40. Jones was also fifth in the 300m hurdles (55.14).
"West Ouachita always has good hurdlers," Freeman said. "I'm happy to see us have two hurdlers in the next round."
Bastrop also received fifth-place points from Miranda Waters in the 800m and Emily Ruth in the 1600m.