Simsboro, Choudrant produce strong showings at state TF meet

Choudrant track and field coach Melissa Goins Heard is flanked by Trevor Trevillion (left), who finished third in the boys shot put, and Peyton Doss (right), the top finisher in the boys shot put in the photo taken following their competition in Thursday’s Class B Track and Field Championships in Baton Rouge. (Courtesy photo)

By T. Scott Boatright

BATON ROUGE – The Simsboro Lady Tigers finished second at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Class B Girls Track and Field Championships held at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium on Thursday, topping their third-place showing last year.

Simsboro totaled 53 points, second to only state champion Christ Episcopal, which finished with 62.

And on the boys side, it was a Top 10 finish for both of Lincoln Parish’s representatives as the Simsboro Tigers, the defending Class B state champions, finished eighth with 33 points while fellow District 2-B member Choudrant finished ninth with 22 points.

Senior Ikeia Brown powered the second-place finish for Simsboro’s girls as she finished first in both the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.77 and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.45.

Brown accounted for 26 of the Lady Tigers’ 53 total points after adding a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.91.

Lauryn Vernon added 13 points for Simsboro’s girls, finishing sixth in the 200-meter dash (27.72), third in the long jump (16-0.1) while adding another third-place finish in the triple jump with a personal record of 34-01.50.

Vernon was also a part of Simsboro’s fourth-place 400-meter relay team(along with Jahkeria Abney, Curniya McCallister) while Brown was a part of the Lady Tigers’ fifth-place 800-meter relay team.(along with Rollins, Abney and McCallister).

Vashanti Sproules added another eight points for the Lady Tigers after finishing second in the shot put with a personal best throw of 34-09.00 while Bella Coon totaled two points for Simsboro with a fifth-place showing in the girls 800-meter run with a time of 1:05.62.

The Simsboro’s boys’ relay team played a big role in the Tigers’ eighth-place finish with the 400-meter runners (Jalen Outley, Itavus Brown, Tristan Deloney and Kendrick Craig)  finishing second and the 800-meter team (Brown, Outley, Dillon Kitchens and and Craig) adding six points with a third-place finish.

Trent Buggs added eight points for the SHS boys with a second-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles (43.86) while Craig’s six points for a third-place showing in the 100-meter dash added to the Tigers’ total score.

Gary Harris chipped in the two points for the Tigers after finishing fifth in the discus (115-00) while Outley, added another point for Simsboro with a sixth-place showing in the 200-meter dash (23.882).

The Tigers also received a point after Deloney turned in a personal-best time of 5:04.59 in the 1,600-meter run.

It was all about the discus event for the Choudrant boys as the Aggies picked up 16 of their 22 points based off of finishes for first place by Peyton Doss (138-00) and third place by Trevor Trevillion (128-10).

Choudrant’s boys received another four points from Jadon Newton with a fourth-place finish in the shot put (40-11.00) two points from Jailen Parker for his fifth-place finish in the 100-meter day (11.74).

The Lady Aggies’ Reese Brown received half a point after tying for sixth-place in the high jump (4-02.00) to account for the lone scoring for Choudrant’s girls.