Stevenson, Wells, Lewis top SBJ’s All-Metro Boys T&F 

FINISHED WITH A FLOURISH:  Byrd senior Trent Wells has dominated the local distance scene for quite some time, but after taking the Region 1-5A 3200 crown at NSU, he pulled an impressive upset to claim his first state championship.

JOURNAL STAFF

There’s nothing subjective about track and field, so choosing the Shreveport-Bossier Journal’s All-Metro Boys Track & Field Team was simple enough.

The SBJ All-Metro teams are selected by a collaboration of Journal staff, local prep coaches and sport-specific experts. In this case, they consulted only to select the individual award winners, since best marks determined the All-Metro roster.

Those top honors required little discussion:  Byrd’s Trent Wells and Captain Shreve sprinter Marquez Stevenson were state champions and dominant all season, while Sherrod Lewis coached Loyola to the best finish by any local team at the LHSAA Outdoor Championships in Baton Rouge.

SBJ All-Metro Boys Track & Field Team

RUNNING EVENTS (distances are metric)

100

Captain Shreve’s Marquez Stevenson – 10.59 (2nd in LHSAA Class 5A state meet)

Best of the rest:  Parkway’s Jaylan White – 10.66 (5th in LHSAA Class 5A state meet)

200

Captain Shreve’s Marquez Stevenson – 21.51 (Was not able to run at District 1-5A due to cramps)

Best of the rest: Southwood’s Travian Johnson – 21.55 (Came on late to run at Region 1-5A after starting the year with a 23.64 at Yellow Jacket Relays. Finished 4th at LHSAA Class 5A state meet)

400 

Captain Shreve’s Marquez Stevenson – 47.18 – (Class 5A state outdoor champion)

Best of the rest:  Benton’s Ashton Jordan – 51.14 (Found another gear at the District 1-5A Meet, where he finished third)

800

Haughton’s Kenneth Smith -1:56.63 (Was pushed to this big PR at Region I-5A meet)

Best of the rest: Byrd’s Elliott Cochran – 1:57.45 (Was able to break 2:00 in a big way in his last HS race at Region I-5A meet)

1600

Byrd’s Trent Wells – 4:23.19 

Best of the rest:  Benton’s Mason Haley – 4:25.09

3200                                                                     

Byrd’s Trent Wells – 9:17.20 (Posted a 23-second PR to defeat the defending state champion and win his first state championship, in the last race of his amazing HS career)

Best of the rest: Benton’s Mason Haley – 9:50.52 (Was one of four who broke Wells’ Yellow Jacket Relays record with this time in mid-March)

110 hurdles

Airline’s Kye Lehr – 15.54 

Best of the rest: Airline’s Jeremiah Boudreaux – 15.95

300 hurdles

Airline’s Jeremiah Boudreaux – 39.63

Best of the rest: Airline’s Kye Lehr – 39.92

400 relay

Captain Shreve – 42.20

Best of the rest: Parkway – 42.46

800 relayAirline – 1:28.45 (The Vikings will return all four sprinters next year)

Best of the rest:  Parkway – 1:29.39

1600 relay

Parkway – 3:26.62

Best of the rest: Byrd – 3:29.59

3200 relay

Parkway – 8:19

Best of the rest: Loyola College Prep 8:25.27

FIELD EVENTS

High jump 

BTW’s Oshamar Hall – 6-8 (New uniform for the Huntington transfer)

Best of the rest: Benton’s Marc Perry – 6-4 (The sophomore won the District 1-5A title with 6-2; was No. 3 in Region I-5A with same clearance)

Triple jump

Byrd’s Xavier Anderson – 43-9 (Was feeling it at the Raider Relays; a foot better than his second best)

Best of the rest: Benton’s Marc Perry – 42-11.5 (Jumped his season best early at Benton Tiger Relays)

Long jump

Bossier’s Waunkeyus Manning – 21-9

Best of the rest: Haughton’s Amryon Lars – 21-4

Shot put

Captain Shreve’s Kaleb McHenry – 49-4 (Best in Caddo-Bossier by over two feet)

Best of the rest: Parkway’s Jake Morton – 47- 2.5 (Threw his best when it counted, at Region I-5A meet)

Javelin

Benton’s Jeffery King – 161-7.75 (Only a sophomore)

Best of the rest: Loyola’s Maximus Crofton – 157-10 (Had his best throw at Region I-3A meet; made podium at state meet)

Discus

Benton’s Davis Sellers – 153-2 (District 1-5A champion)

Best of the rest:  Parkway’s Devon Oliver – 147-5 (Only a freshman!)

Pole vault

Haughton’s Laiden Broadway – 13-0

Best of the rest: Airline’s Tyson Burns – 12-0

TOP HONORS

Performance of the Year: Byrd’s Trent Wells

In the last race of his high school career, he defeated the defending state champion in the boys’ 3200 at the LHSAA Outdoor Meet with a 23-second personal record of 9:17.20. What makes it even more impressive is that Wells had run the 1600 meters earlier in the meet, whereas the defending state champion in the event, Jesuit’s Jack Desroches, was only entered in the 3200.

Athlete of the Year: Captain Shreve’s Marquez “Macho” Stevenson

He won an indoor LHSAA State Title in the 400 meters in February and an Outdoor LHSAA State title in May. Also finished as the LHSAA outdoors state runner-up in the 100 meters (10.59) to Holy Cross’ Krosse Johnson (10.54).

Coach of the Year: Loyola College Prep’s Sherrod Lewis

The Flyers won the Region I-3A meet and scored more points than any other Caddo/Bossier team at the LHSAA State Outdoor Meet. 

Photo by DOUG IRELAND