Girls Region I-4A Track & Field Meet
Desire McHenry has regained her place among the elite sprinters in the state.
Securing her reservations for next Saturday's State Track & Field Meet at LSU, the Northwestern State University-bound senior from Bastrop High swept through her two individual races at Wednesday's Region I-4A Meet at Benton High.
After a promising sophomore year, McHenry struggled through a series of injuries and illnesses as a junior. Judging by Wednesday's performance, it's safe to say that McHenry is healthy going into her final high school meet.
McHenry was clocked at 12.22 in the 100m and was timed at 25.30 in her best event, the 200m. Brittany Black of Benton was second in both races, with readouts of 12.62 in the 100m and 26.35 in the 200m. Bastrop's Rosalyn Carson added a sixth-place finish in the 200m.
McHenry also teamed with Devondria Jones, Jessica Gray and Sharay Hyde for a second-place result in the 4 x 400m relay at 4:13.05.
The top three finishers in each event are eligible for the State Meet.
Bastrop scored 10 points in the 400m dash as Gray was third at 1:03.88, followed by Hyde in fourth at 1:04.87.
Bastrop was third in the 4 x 100m and 4 x 200m relays.
Destini Davis, Jalijah Wheeler, Jala Tappin and Rosalyn Carson were clocked at 51.09 in the 4 x 100m.
Tappin, McHenry, Gray and Carson teamed up for a 1:46.01 readout in the 4 x 200m.
Rounding out the Lady Rams' scoring, Wheeler was fourth in the 300m hurdles (52.04).
Bastrop totaled 55 points to place third in the team standings.
DeRidder was the overall winning team with 100 points, followed by Benton with 87, Bastrop, West Ouachita with 53, Huntington with 50 and Neville with 49. In all, 15 teams scored in the meet.
Jacquline Rushford won the 800m (2:26.87) and the 1600m (5:29.81) to lead DeRidder. The Lady Dragons also received first-place performances from its 4 x 400m relay team (4:11.72) and Summer Thomas in the javelin (115-09).
West Ouachita's Ruby Gentile accounted for 18 points in the hurdles, winning the 100m (16.75) and finishing second to North DeSoto's Fran Wilson, who was clocked at 48.80 in the 300m.
Benton won gold in the 4 x 100m (49.81), with Huntington taking the 200m (1:45.18).
Woodlawn's Victoria Walter was a double winner in the field, claiming the long jump (18-04) and the triple jump (36-00).
Neville's Delisha Lawrence had a big day in the throwing events, winning the shot put (35-04) and placing runner-up in the discus (101-06). Madi Sessions of Benton won the discus with a throw of 103-00.
Other winners included Jessica Trammel of North DeSoto in the high jump (5-02) and Kimme Rushford of Northwood in the pole vault (11-00).