The girls’ track and field team is earning Plain Dealing High School some statewide attention.
The Lady Lions had a strong performance this week at the Region I-1A championships hosted by Ouachita Christian School in Monroe, and qualified five competitors for next Thursday’s Class A state championships at Bernie Moore Track Stadium on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
The outing allowed Plain Dealing to finish third in the regional team standings in Monday’s competition.
The squad won two relays and had two more podium finishes in sprint events, while picking up another event win and an additional podium appearance in the field events.
The Lady Lions sped across the finish line first in the 4×100 meter (52.18) and 4×200 meter (1:49.71) relays. Junior Aj’sia Debose ran on those relays and also individually sparkled, taking second in the 200 dash (27.46) and third in the 100 (13.12).
Ninth-grader Brianna Newton was the regional champion in the discus, recording a 104-9 mark. She was third in the shot put with a 34-3 best.