Demarcus Haynes and Tyler Bayless won individual events to lead the Bastrop Rams in Wednesday's District 2-4A track and field meet at West Ouachita.
Haynes won the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:55.50 and finished second in the 1600m at 4:54.
“If I had to give an MVP, it would have to go to Demarcus Haynes,” Bastrop coach Sedarrin Freeman said. “He really tries to please the coaches and represent Bastrop High well and he's done that. The two-mile was pretty dramatic.”
Trailing Ethan McGee after seven laps, Haynes found another gear for the final 400 meters.
“Haynes always kicks it up a notch on the last lap,” Freeman said. “As soon as the gun fired for the last lap, he started to close the gap. Once he gets to our camp and everybody starts cheering for him, he always opens up. He did a good job Wednesday.”
Bayless made his only throw count in the javelin, unleashing a winning toss of 149-00.
“Southlake's arm has been bothering him and we weren't even sure if he was going to throw,” Freeman said. “Coach (Zeke) Dixon told me he was only going to take one throw and he let one rip for 149 and won the javelin.”
Bastrop finished third in the team standings with 64.50 points. West Ouachita repeated as district champs with 164 points. Wossman was a distant second with 84, with Neville placing fourth at 58.50.
“I thought we had our best meet by far,” Freeman said. “Wossman is a good team and West Ouachita is an extremely good team. We had question marks everywhere with Southlake's arm, Johnnie (Marsaw) was in only his third meet and we lost Jalynn (Rayford) to an injury. I'm extremely proud of these guys. The girls won the district championship, so the boys kind of got overshadowed, but they put together a good body of work.
“We have a good group going to the Regional.”
The top four places in each event advance to the Regional Meet at Benton on Wednesday. Field competition starts at 11 a.m., followed by the running events at 3 p.m. Admission is $5.
Exceeding his personal record by 20 feet, Marsaw finished second in the discus (115-0) and the shot put (44-06.50). Teammate Ike Brown was fourth in the discus (117-00).
Bastrop was short-handed in the throwing events as Rayford was sidelined by a toe injury.
Bastrop was third in all three relay races.
Jaeterious Davis, Jamari Payne, Ch'Kilas Calhoun and Mark Harden were timed at 43.57 in the 4 x 100m.
Carrying the baton in the 4 x 200m were Jiquez Green, Calhoun, Payne and Harden for a 1:31.42 readout.
Page 2 of 2 - Carlenelius White, Harden, Calhoun and Quartavis Johnson ran 3:29.02 in the 4 x 400m.
Payne, who has bounced back from a broken leg during football season, and Calhoun both qualified for Regional in four events.
Payne was third in the 100m (11.15) and fourth in the 200m (22.98), while Calhoun was fourth in the 400m (53.05).
Xavier Latting placed third in the 300m hurdles 42.79. Lenzell Jones contributed fifth-place finishes in the 110m and 300m hurdles as well as the high jump.
“Xavier Latting has surprised me this year,” Freeman said. “We knew West Ouachita was going to be strong in the hurdles. I'm glad to have Xavier going to Regional in third place.”
Also scoring for the Rams was Harden, who placed fourth in the 100m.