MONROE — Last year the Regional 1-AA meet came down to the last event as Calvary won the 1600 Relay while Lakeside finished third which gave the Calvary team the win over Lakeside 99-98.
Wednesday, at the ULM Track facility, once again the top two teams would be battling in the final event, the 1600 relay. But this time the championship had already been decided.
The Lakeside Warriors had already secured the title as they lead by 16 points. Even though the Evangel Eagles won the relay with the Warriors finishing second, the Warriors won the championship with 96 points to runner-up Evangel's 83.
Finishing third in the 23 team meet, made up of District 1-AA, 2-AA, 3-AA, and 5-AA, was North Webster at 74 points.
Once again Lakeside won every individual running event they were entered in. Enrique Soto, for the fifth year in a row, won regional titles in the 1600 (4:30.62) and the 3200 (9:55.86). Soto has won 13 regional titles dating back to 2009.
Chris Lewis, for the third year in a row, swept the sprints winning the 100 (10.76) and the 200 (21.88): Darryl Moore won the 400 meters by running a personal best of 51.21. Moore and Lewis also joined Maurice Moore and Howard Roberts to take second in the 400 Relay (43.22). Moore, Lewis, Moore, and Deangelo Joiner made up the second place 1600 Relay (3:31.85). Senior James Taylor qualified for his first state meet finishing second in the 3200 (10:32.86). Eric Greene finished fifth in the 1600 (5:07). Joiner took sixth in the 400 (53.63).
The Warriors qualified for state in the field. Darryl Moore finished second in the long jump as he soared 21' 10 1/2" on his last attempt. Trimindious Miller was third in the shot put with a throw of 46'4". Maurice Moore added the other field points as he placed fouth in the long jump (21' 5 1/4") and sixth in the high jump (5'10").
The Lady Warriors scored 28 points. Shanae Collins lead the way as she qualified for state in the long jump with a school record leap of 17' 1/4" for the second. Collins also qualified in the 100 meters running 12.60 for third place. Alissa Lander finished third in the 3200 running a school record 12:10 for a return trip to state where she finished third in 2012. Lander also took fourth in the 1600 (5:58).
Senior Jasmine Turner was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 31'11". Turner ends her career as the school record holder in the discus at 108'3". Senior Deedee Quarles, who was District 1-AA champion in the 100 hurdles, finished seventh in her final race. Hannah Shively finished fifth in the 3200 (14:04).
The top three finisher in each event qualify for the State Meet at LSU slated for Friday, May 3. The Warriors qualified two girls in three events and eight boys in 10 events. Chris Lewis and Darryl Moore qualified for four events which is the maximum in La. Track and field.
Coaches Dan Grantham and David Kidd were named as District and Regional Coaches of the Year. They also won those two honors in 2011.