HOT SPRINGS – Sophomore DeAndra Burns Jr., led El Dorado to a fourth place finish in the 5A State Track & Field Championships Thursday. Burns recorded three second places and a third and anchored the Wildcats’ state championship 4x200 relay.
Texarkana won the boys’ title with 111 followed by Vilonia (92.50), Lake Hamilton (66) and El Dorado (51) in the 25-team field.
Injuries bit the Lady Wildcats, who finished ninth in the girls’ competition.
Burns teamed with Quez Waller, PJ Denkins and Jackie Washington to win the 4x200, posting a time of 1:29.20.
Burns finished second in the 200, running a 21.95 to a 21.83 by Parkview’s Ja’Keylen Haney. Burns ran a 49.06 in the 400, finishing second to Vilonia’s Carson Lenser’s 49.03. Burns leaped 21-08.00 in the long jump, placing second to Texarkana’s Tylee Green (22-02.50). Burns was third in the 100, running a 10.96 to finish behind Haney (10.92) and Texarkana’s Torie Blair (10.94). Burns posted the fastest time in the preliminaries, a 10.83.
In other events, Denkins was fourth in the 300 hurdles. Jyrin Steward was fifth in the shot and Sharmon Rester took seventh in the 100.
In girls, El Dorado’s Carshaila Rozier was runner-up in the long jump, leaping 17-09.50, placing behind West Memphis’ Ta’Nya Burnett (17-11.50).
Breyonna Steward was sixth in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the triple jump. LaStasha Holmes was seventh in the discus. Davin James was eighth in the high jump.
The Lady Wildcats finished third in the 4x200, seventh in the 4x400 and eighth in the 4x100.
Vilonia won the girls’ title with 87 followed by Jonesboro (73) and Texarkana (72).