WALKER — Springfield’s boys defended their small schools championship at the Livingston Parish track meet on March 15 at Walker High, and the Bulldogs did it in dominating fashion.
Springfield put up 126 points to take the title, followed by Holden (54), Maurepas (50) and Doyle (19).
Springfield got rolling early, taking first or second in six field events, and the Bulldogs’ Isaiah Palmer was Field MVP with first-place finishes in the shot put (40-5.5) and discus (99-06) and a second in the javelin (122-06) behind Maurepas’ Treveon Burns (147-01).
Springfield’s Isaiah Jackson (36-00) and Waylon Mabry (35.75), went first and second in the triple jump, while the Bulldogs’ Darius Adams won the high jump (5-6) over Maurepas’ Hunter Dupuy (5-6) and Nick Delatte (4-10).
Tykeelon Jackson of Springfield was third in the shot put (35-00) behind Maurepas’ Michael Vannapha (35-5.25), while Shelvis Burise of Springfield was third in the discus (94-01) behind Holden’s John Sharp (98-00).
“I think that really set a tone that we were going to have a strong showing tonight, and then our runners did a good job finishing it off,” Springfield coach Mike Janis said of the Bulldogs’ effort in the field events.
“Our kids do take a lot of pride in the field events and the throwing and jumping,” Janis continued. “It’s something we work on a lot at practice and they did a really good job tonight. Proud of them.”
Springfield’s Demariae Claiborne won the long jump (19-8.25), followed by Maurepas’ Hunter Dupuy (18-5.25) and Doyle’s Brennan Harris (17-8.75).
“I’m disappointed in my farthest jump today,” Claiborne said. “I feel like I could have jumped further. I just feel like I didn’t jump to my potential today, but I still got first. But (I’m) not satisfied.”
Sharp was also third in the javelin (120-6), while Maurepas’ Kameron Aime (13 feet) won the pole vault, and teammate Burns (7-6) was second.
The Bulldogs also dominated on the track, taking at least first or second in 10 events.
Claiborne (12.27 seconds) made a late push to edge teammate Tyler Reed (12.40) in the 100-meter dash.
“We’re always competing against each other and every other school, because it’s not about the school records — you’ve got to beat your own records, too, so we’ve always got to compete,” Claiborne said.
Adams won the 200 meters (25.30), while Kaleb Clark won the 800 (2:20.57), followed by Holden’s Matthew Wilder (2:34.66) and Springfield’s Stephen Roberson (2:52.81).
Springfield’s Waylon Mabry (17.80) and Ty Lusk (20.28) went 1-2 in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. In the 300 hurdles, Mabry won in 46.94, while Lusk finished in 47.43.
Mabry earned track MVP honors for his efforts.
Doyle’s Harris (56.64) captured the 400-meter crown, followed by Springfield’s Michael Paulus (59.53) and Holden’s Shawn Bertrand (1:01.66).
Doyle’s Landon Wascom won the 1600-meter run (6:01.00), followed by Springfield’s Jacob Bowen (6:06.00) and Donovan Knox (6:10.00).
The Bulldogs also won all three relay races, with John’l Fryson, Cameron Fox, Reed and Claiborne taking the 4x100; Paulus, Mabry, Clark and Fryson winning the 4x400 and Fryson, Lakendrick Scott, Lusk and Adams winning the 4x200.
“I think our relays did a really good job, which is something we haven’t had a chance to work on a lot,” Janis said. “And our sprinters in the 100 and the 200 — a kid, this is his first time ever running the 200, and hr came out and did a really good job winning that event. And I was really impressed with our 800 runners and our 400. I think everybody did good job. Now we just need to build some distance people.”
Wilder won the 3200 in 12:46.