The 2019 Yellow Jacket Relays

Over 400 athletes and over 30 schools taking part in fifth annual event

  • Joel Rodgers

Saturday will forever be everyone’s favorite day of the week, and this past Saturday was maybe the prettiest day we’ve seen (and felt) all year, did you go outside? Holy smokes it was nice out there! And it was great day for a huge track event at Lee Hedges Stadium.

The area’s top high school track & field student-athletes represented their schools at the Sportspectrum YELLOW JACKET RELAYS. Over 400 athletes and over 30 teams came to this year’s event. An event that’s been ‘running’ for the past 5 years.

The results from the Yellow Jacket Relays can be viewed here.

After the meet, Byrd’s track coach, Juan Plaza delivered this message via social media;

“I would like to thank so many people that made our meet a success. So many positive comments were sent my way by so many folks!! But It couldn’t have happened without our BYRD T&F parents, volunteers, our sponsors, and our officials. Collectively you are best track meet hosts this area has ever seen! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

My philosophy has always been to host a fun & festive event that is audience-friendly and keep the folks in the stands interested and informed. Today was like I’ve always imagined, it was a celebration of the beautiful sport of track & field with great athletes doing their thing!! Great job by everyone, until next year at the 2020 edition of the YJRs!!!”

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at

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