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Friday, March 07, 2008

Track and field season off to flying start

Two weeks into the track and field season, one performance easily stands out -- Booker T. Washington’s Bobby Mosley’s high jump of 6 feet, 8 inches in the Caddo Magnet Mustang Rally on March 1 at Lee Hedges Stadium.

To put that in perspective, the winning jump in the Class 3A state meet in Baton Rouge last year was 6-6. It will be interesting to see what Mosley does the rest of the year.

Of course, the goal of all track athletes is to be performing at their peak come district, regional and state time in late April and early May. Even so, there have been some other interesting performances early.

At the weather-shortened Benton meet on Friday at Airline, defending Class 4A state champ Giorgio Bryant got off a decent winning jump of 22-9 in the long jump considering it was his first meet this season. He won at state last year with a 24-2.75.

Parkway’s Matt Wolfe also had a good time of 4:41.17 in winning the 1,600. That’s only about six seconds off his fourth-place finish in the state meet last year.

Airline’s Alexis Holt showed why she will be a state title contender in the 100 hurdles. She crushed the field at Airline with a 15.61. Considering it was hand-timed that’s about as fast as her 15.75 fourth-place finish in the state meet last year.

Parkway’s Torian Lindsey (Douglas Collier photo above) won the first of what should be one of many duels with Benton’s Emmett Stephens in the 100. Lindsey ran a 10.85 to Stephens’ 10.91.

Airline sophomore Rebecca Blubaugh and Benton freshman Kaitlin Flattmann also went head-to-head for the first time in the 1,600 with Blubaugh coming out on top by four seconds.
Blubaugh’s time of 5:25.28 was faster than her fourth-place in the Class 5A state meet last year. Flattmann’s time of 5:29.38 would have been good enough for a fourth-place finish in Class 4A last season.

Once again, considering this was Blubaugh’s first meet and Flattmann’s second (she competed in relays in the NSU Relays on March 1), that’s pretty impressive. Judging by her phenomenal cross country success last fall and her success in local runs, Flattmann’s best event will likely be the 3,200. We’ll have to wait and see.

The next meet in Caddo Parish is the Southwood/Northwood meet at Lee Hedges Stadium on Friday, March 14. The next Bossier Parish meet is the Viking Relays hosted by Airline on Thursday, March 13.

The track season is pretty much a sprint this season. District meets are scheduled for the week of April 14-18 with the regional and state meets the following weeks.


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