Sampey, Phillips lead locals
By: GEOFFREY STOUTE
BATON ROUGE — Berwick’s Kennedy Sampey and Patterson’s Lorenzo Phillips led the local Class 3A qualifiers at the state track and field meet on Saturday with fifth-place finishes in the pole vault and javelin, respectively.
Sampey leaped 9 feet, which was equivalent to the sophomore’s second-best effort behind her regional performance and personal best of 10 feet.
BHS coach Paul Gilder said Sampey was able to complete the jump despite battling a back injury she suffered at regionals that affected her preparation for state.
“I thought she did real well,” Gilder said. “It’s nerve wracking to be there for the first time.”
Meg Simon of North Vermilion won the event with a leap of 12-01.
For Phillips, he finished fifth in the javelin with a toss of 165-09. However, the mark was approximately 14 feet short of his regional performance of 180 feet.
Notre Dame’s Hunter Stelly won the event with a toss of 187-06.
Earlier in the day, Phillips finished ninth in the shot put with a heave 45-05.25. The effort was more than half a foot better than his regional performance.
Hakiem Gray of North Desoto won the event with a toss of 52-08.
In the high jump, Patterson’s Daylon Charlot finished tied for sixth with Brennen Robinson of Franklin as both recorded a leap of 5-10. The leap was identical to Charlot’s regional performance.
Tamario Latin of North Desoto won the state crown in the high jump with a leap of 6-06.
In the 4x100 meter relay, Patterson’s team of Joe Duffie, Kendall Hunter, Trevon Steward and Laron Todd originally finished ninth in the event with a time of 43.94, but they were bumped up to eighth after West Feliciana was disqualified.
Patterson’s time was more than half a second better than its regional performance.
Donaldsonville won the 4x100 with a time of 42.22.
In the 400 meter run, Patterson’s Kiyan Jones finished sixth with a time of 51.12. At regionals, he ran the event in 50.73.