Demarcus Haynes is going to LSU.
Haynes will be Bastrop's lone representative in the Class 4A boys State Track & Field Meet at LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium on Saturday, May 4, after finishing third in the 3200-meter run at the Region 1-4A Meet on Wednesday at Benton High School.
Haynes narrowly missed qualifying in the 1600, despite shattering his previous personal record by four seconds en route to placing fourth with a 4:46.00 readout.
Bastrop coach Sedarrin Freeman wasn't sure if Haynes was going to be able to run the 3200, but the senior responded with a time of 10:24.20. Northwood's Dylan Oliver (10:08.62) and Benton's Drake Heinz (10:20.23) finished 1-2.
“Haynes gave us as much as he possibly could in the 1600,” Freeman said. “He was limping and cramping after the race and went to our camp and went to sleep. When he woke up, he was cold. I questioned whether or not he could run the two-mile, but he said, 'I'm just trying to focus.'”
And was Haynes ever focused.
“He shaved 30 seconds off his two-mile run, took the third spot and reached his goal of going to LSU,” Freeman said. “We were all cheering for him and he ran an awesome race. He showed a lot of heart and guts to get to Bernie Moore Stadium in Baton Rouge. I'm looking forward to seeing him run there.”
With the Lady Rams claiming the second-place team trophy and Haynes qualifying for State, it was a successful day for the Bastrop High track & field program. Still, Freeman was hoping to have more representation on the boys side next week.
“It was a bittersweet day,” Freeman said. “I could tell everybody wanted to take the next step, but unfortunately, everybody couldn't make it. They gave their all, but came up short. You could see the hurt in their eyes and it hurt me. Jamari Payne, Ch'kilas Calhoun, Mark Harden, Quartavis Johnson, Xavier Latting, Carlnelius White, Tyler Bayless and Johnny Marsaw — they all wanted to make the State Meet and I wanted to see them there. I feel especially bad for the seniors who won't have another chance. I appreciate the effort those guys gave us and I'm looking for big things from the guys returning next year.”
Bayless, who is facing possible Tommy John surgery, placed fourth with a throw of 139-03.50, falling about two feet short of qualifying.
Marsaw was fifth in the discus (120-09.75) and sixth in the shot put (43-00.00).
“Southlake's arm was bothering him and Johnnie Marsaw couldn't get that one big throw,” Freeman said.
Xavier Latting added a fifth-place finish in the 300m hurdles (43.30).
Bastrop placed fifth in all three relays.
Page 2 of 2 - “This wasn't the best year for us speed-wise,” Freeman said. “Ch'kilas Calhoun (quad) was hurt, but toughed it out and continued to run. We held him out of the 800, so he could run the 4 x 4. It was a tough break for those guys.”
J-Man Davis, Payne, Calhoun and Harden were clocked at 44.18 in the 4 x 100m.
In the 4 x 200m, Jiquez Green, Calhoun, Payne and Harden moved the baton for a time of 1:32.73.
Closing out the event, White, Johnson, Calhoun and Harden were timed at 3:34.15.
“At the end of the day, the guys were really hurt, which shows that people are starting to care and buy into what we're doing as a track program.”
Freeman says people are starting to notice the program — boys and girls.
“It's always good when other coaches and athletes come shake your hand and congratulate you on what we're doing at Bastrop,” Freeman said. “It makes you feel good.”