Class 4A LHSAA/State Farm Track & Field Meet (Girls)
Bastrop High senior sprinter Desire McHenry closed out her career as a double state champion over the weekend.
Living up to her No. 1 seeding in both events, McHenry won the 100-meter and 200m dashes at the LHSAA/State Farm Track & Field Meet, held Saturday at Bernie Moore Stadium on the campus of LSU.
A Northwestern State signee, McHenry crossed the finish line first in the 100m with a time of 12.03 seconds and set the standard in the 200m with a 24.75 readout.
As projected, the 100m was closely-contested, with McHenry edging out McDonogh #35 teammates Marcquita Stalbert (12.13) and Nicole Henderson (12.16). Daja Guidry of Northside was fourth at 12.20, Imona Mulmore finished fifth at 12.23 and Daijah Washington of Lutcher was sixth at 12.40.
McHenry and Stalbert (12.84) were also 1-2 in the 200m, with Mulmore in third at 25.19. Rounding out the scoring, Guidry was fourth at 25.32, followed by Washington at 25.36 and Henderson at 25.78.
In the final race of the Class 4A meet, McHenry ran the lead leg for the Lady Rams' fourth-place 4 x 400m relay team. Also contributing to the 4:11.68 readout were Devondria Jones, Jessica Gray and Sharay Hyde.
Gray added a sixth-place finish in the 400m as the Lady Rams tallied 25 points to place seventh in the final team standings.
Bastrop qualified but did not score in two more relay races.
Destini Davis, Jalijah Wheeler, Gray and Rosalyn Carson were eighth in the 4 x 100m relay with a time of 50.68.
Bastrop got off to a disappointing start as the 4 x 200m relay team was disqualified.
In all, 38 teams scored point, led by state champion Covington St. Scholastica with 65. State runner-up Vandebilt Catholic was a distant second with 32 points, followed closely by Plaquemine with 31.
St. Scholastica's Samantha Zeldon (146-00) and St. Thomas More's Jamie Landry placed 1-2 in the javelin. Both athletes eclipsed the previous state record of 138-01 set by Amber Shope of Plaquemine in 2005.
Zeldon, who also finished runner-up in the discus (119-04), was voted Outstanding Performer.
Madison McDaniel won the 800m (2:18.96) and Carley Boyce claimed the 1600m (5:19.43) for the Doves, who won four events.
Putting an exclamation point on the state title, Monica Guillot, Lenora Davis, Hayley Blaise and McDaniel turned in a winning readout of 4:09.68 in the 4 x 400m relay.
Lutcher swept the sprint relays as Jawane Jenkins, Daijah Washington, Taylor Payne and Mareisha Riley produced times of 48.94 in the the 4 x 100m and 1:43.68 in the 4 x 200m.
Rounding out the champions in the running events were Tyler Morrison of St. Michael the Archangel in the 400m (58.77), Alexa Breaux of Vandebilt Catholic in the 3200m (11:36.73), Tayla Celestine of Cabrini in the 100m hurdles and Tristan Mouton of Rayne in the 300m hurdles (45.72).
Joining Zeldon as gold medalists in the field were Lauren Parker of Ursuline in the high jump (5-02), Victoria Walter of Woodlawn in the long jump (17-05.50), Logan Johnson of East Jefferson in the triple jump (36-05.25), Tia Youngblood of DeRidder in the shot put (37-01.50), Kate McLemore of Eunice in the discus (119-04) and Bailey Daigle of Assumption in the pole vault (12-00).