Winning four events — two individual competitions and two relays — the Bastrop Lady Rams brought home the second-place team trophy from the Region 1-4A track and field meet on Wednesday.
Meet host Benton won the team trophy.
With the top three finishers in each contest advancing, the Lady Rams will be represented in a total of eight events at the State Meet on Saturday, May 4 at LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium.
"I'm looking forward to going to LSU, putting all the cards on the table and seeing what happens," Freeman said. "We had a good group of fans at Benton, the same ones who have been supporting us all year."
Bastrop's best event at Regional was the 200-meter dash as Desiree McHenry edged teammate Stataija Johnson in a photo finish. McHenry was clocked at 25.83, .01 seconds ahead of Johnson.
Johnson and McHenry also teamed up with Jessica Gray and Destiny Davis in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200m relays. The foursome put together a winning time of 49.61 in the 4 x 100m and a second-place time of 1:47.47 in the 4 x 200m.
"We really pushed the stick around," Freeman said. "We had the 4 x 2 in the bag, but the girl from Benton ran a strong anchor leg to edge us out.
"We had the best sticks we've had all year in the 4 x 1. Destiny ran the fourth leg to pull it out."
Ending the meet on a high note, McHenry, Khadejia Tyler, Gray and Sharay Hyde won the 4 x 400m relay with a readout of 4:13.89, beating out second-place Wossman by nearly five full seconds.
Weakened by illness at the District 2-4A Meet, McHenry was unable to qualify for Regional in the 100, and thus was eligible to compete in an additional relay.
"Desiree ran a 1:01, which was our fastest split, and put us in good position," Freeman said. "Khadejia Tyler chipped away at Wossman's lead, Jessica (Gray) put us in the lead and Sharay Hyde ran an awesome leg to finish the race."
Michelle Hardin accounted for the Lady Rams' other first-place finish, winning the shot put with a toss of 37-09.25. Neville's Dalisha Lawrence was runner-up at 35-02.50.
"It was windy and Michelle couldn't get a good throw off," Freeman said. "She finally got off a decent throw of 37 feet, which isn't close to her best."
Hardin, who was recognized as the Outstanding Field athlete while helping the Lady Rams win the District Meet, added a fourth-place finish in the discus with a toss of 97-09.50.
Shaking off an ankle injury, freshman Rodeisha Heard was second in the triple jump (32-02.50), third in the long jump (15-01.75) and fourth in the high jump (4-04).
"Rodeisha fought through an ankle injury from a classroom activity," Freeman said. "I was really proud of her effort as a freshman."
Page 2 of 2 - After finishing out of the points in the 1600, Dineshia Chatman bounced back to take third in the 800m and fourth in the 3200m, setting personal records in both races.
"Dineshia's first event was a fast heat for a mile and a tough run for her," Freeman said. "She really pushed herself in the 800 because she really wanted to get to LSU. She shaved 1:30 off her time in the 3200. Afterwards, she was in tears. I told her she should be proud of herself for what she has accomplished."
Stataija Johnson finished a strong second in the 100m with a time of 12.82. Huntington's Kayla Marshall won the sprint at 12.72.
Rounding out the Lady Rams' scoring, Hyde and Gray placed 4-5, respectively, in the 400m with times of 1:03.09 and 1:03.18.
"I thought we had a strong day even though we were a little sluggish in the sprints," Bastrop coach Sedarrin Freeman said. "I consider it a positive when you are sluggish and still able to compete. Come Saturday, with a good week of practice, I feel like we can knock two to three seconds off of most of our times."
Notes: To raise funds for the trip to Baton Rouge, the Bastrop High track team is selling raffle tickets for a Wal-Mart gas card. Tickets may be purchased for $1 apiece from any BHS track coach or athlete. Team members will also sell tickets in front of Wal-Mart on Saturday from 10 a.m. until.