Field events propel DeRidder to victory

By By Troy LaFleur / American Press

The DeRidder boys and Leesville girls

used dominant showings in the field events to take home the top prizes

at the Washington-Marion

Charging Indian Relays on Friday.

The Dragons jumped out to an early lead with first-place finishes in the discus and triple jump thanks to senior Chuck Harlow

and sophomore Daniel Crosley. Harlow edged out LaGrange’s Quindon Barry with a throw of 124 feet, 7 inches, 1 foot farther

than Barry.

Crosley took care of business as usual with a jump of 42-11. No other athlete came within 4 feet of the jump.

“As a freshman last year Daniel went to

regionals then turned around in his first meet this year and beat his

jump at regionals,”

said DeRidder head coach Josh Beard. “He is a great athlete and a

great attribute to our program.”

Drew Victor and Holden Hoerner inflated the points total when they finished second and third, respectively, in the javelin.

The Dragons also took home bronze in the shot put and discus before sweeping all three places in the pole vault.

DeRidder took home three golds, five silvers and four bronzes in the individual races before capping off the meet by blowing

away the competition in the 1,600-meter relay.

The Dragons finished the meet 153 points.

“The kids performed well today; we had a

few personal records,” Beard said. “My guys ran well, they ran strong.

We scored

a lot of points with our field events, especially with our jumpers

who hadn’t had a whole lot of points up until this week.”

LaGrange was second 81 points. The

Gators put together six first-place finishes in the running events, but

the field events

kept them from challenging DeRidder. Deonte Goodley, Martell

Hawthorne and Markel Thomas led the way for the Gators by placing

first in each of their individual events and anchoring the team’s

first-place relay teams.

The Leesville girls also used a strong start in the field events en route to victory.

Delecia Rushing started the meet off with a first-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 34-6 and Jenna Elly quickly

followed suit in the discus with a throw of 88-7 1/2.

The Lady Wampus Cats finished with a team score of 102 while DeRidder came in second with 69 points, followed by Hamilton

Christian Academy, one point behind.

“I thought we performed well tonight,”

said Leesville head coach Sedrick Clemons. “We just performed last night

in Mansfield

and won first-place there. Today I was just hoping to come out

with any injuries, and the girls performed and came out with

another win.”

Individual performances of note included W-M’s Darren Duhon winning the boys shot put (52-6), Hamilton’s Nique Griffin winning

the girls long jump (16-7) and W-M’s Christian Edwards taking first in the boys high jump (6-6).