It was a remarkable, and memorable night for the Liberty-Eylau boys and girls track teams.
L-E’s boys won 9 of 10 running events Thursday at Harris Field to rally past Paris for the District 15-4A championship with 181 points. The Wildcats were second at 155, with Pittsburg third with 105. North Lamar tallied 96, and Pleasant Grove had 58.
The Lady Leopards and Pittsburg won five events each, but the final point total had L-E easily winning 257 to 139. North Lamar was third with 85, and Paris fourth with 61. Pleasant Grove scored 53 points.
Pleasant Grove’s Linton Colvin won the 400 (50.61), which was the only event L-E didn’t win.
Liberty-Eylau exploded out of the blocks right off in the 4 x 100 relay. Taveion Neal, Marzavian Riles, Shayne Porshe and Korbyn White ran a season-best 41.85.
Talveyion Cooper and Marquis Bailey followed with a 1-2 finish in the 800, while Jeavon Stewart prevailed in the 110 hurdles.
L-E’s White sets school record
White then broke the L-E school record in the 100 with an automatic time of 10.59. The Leopards won the 4 x 200 in 1:29.13, with White coasting across the finish line.
Perhaps the highlight of the meet came in the 300 hurdles. Isaiah Cross led wire-to-wire, but tripped over the final hurdle and had to crawl across the finish line in a career-best time of 40.85. Porshe and Cooper won gold in the 200 and 1600, respectively.
The temperature dipped by the final event, but L-E’s Cross, Riles, Bailey and Neal won the 4 x 400 in 3:27.63, nearly 18 seconds ahead of Paris.
Lady Leopards’ alternates get to run
The Lady Leopards had alternates running on their relays, but had no trouble with the 4 x 100 (47.65) and 4 x 200 (1:43.50). They weren’t as fortunate in the 4 x 400, where Pittsburg won in 4:11.23. Only a week ago L-E ran 3:56, but with alternates in the lineup they finished a distant second in 4:18.60.
L-E’s sprinters put the meet out of reach. The Leopards were 1-2-3 in the 100 with Kurstyne Bailey winning in 12.12. Danielle Thomas won silver in 12.14, and Laqukeisa Jeffery took home the bronze in 12.43.
Skylier Bailey and Kurstyne Bailey were 1-2 in the 400. Skylier also won the 200 in 25.21, with Thomas close behind at 25.24.
The top four places in each event advance to next week’s area meet