A guest appearance by Paralympian Shaquille Vance highlighted the Northeast Louisiana's first-ever GUMBO Regional on Saturday at ULM.
MONROE — Morehouse Parish was well-represented as Northeast Louisiana hosted its first-ever GUMBO Regional event Saturday at ULM's Brown Stadium.
All students qualified for the State Meet to be held in Alexandria in October.
Saturday's meet featured a special guest appearance by Shaquille Vance, a two-time Paralympian. Vance was a silver medalist in the 200-meter dash at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, while placing sixth in the shot put and eighth in the 100m. He also finished fourth in the 200m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
Vance was a multi-sport athlete at Houston (Miss.) High School before his leg was amputated above the knee following a football-related injury in 2009.
A native of Amory, Mississippi Vance now resides in California where he trains under 1984 800m gold medalist Joaquim Cruz.
Bastrop High junior Bobby Williams set new state records in winning the para-ambulatory 100m and 200m at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Track & Field Meet, held Friday at LSU. Returning to northeast Louisiana on Saturday, Williams capped a whirlwind weekend by winning both races in the Regional. In addition, he was named this week's Aaron's Ace by KNOE Sports Director Aaron Dietrich.
Also representing Morehouse Parish in the GUMBO Regional:
Bastrop High (graduate) — Hannah Williams.
Bastrop High — Alvin Higginbotham, high school speed stacks champion; Craymon Benton, winner of the high school push up contest.
Morehouse Junior High — William Buffington, Jordan Sykes, Jabez Glosson, winner of the junior high school push up competition; and Katelyn Logan.
Delta Junior High — Ky'Ren Johnson, 2017 Mudbug.
Delta Elementary — Ricky Logan; Jamie Winfield, division champion in speed stacks; Donovan Brown, division champion in speed stacks; Lundan Watson and Zayvion Mitchell.
Henry V. Adams Elementary — Journie Watson.
Pine Grove Elementary — Quandarrius Brandon and Caleb Leleux.
Beekman — Jalin Barthol, girls junior high speed stacks champion.