Local Athlete is National Qualifier

March 27th is a day that Desmand Bryant will remember for a long time.  Last Saturday, Bryant qualified for the NJCAA National Meet in the 400 meter dash.  His former track coach at Red River High is Brian Nash.  He recalls Bryant’s winning attitude and approach to the sport.

During his high school days, Bryant won the state title three years in a row.  And Nash said he almost won in his freshman year as well.  Nash said, “I want him to get the recognition he deserves.  I just want people to know his accomplishments and realize that even if you’re from a small town like Coushatta or live on Catfish Bend Road that you can achieve great things.

Bryant now runs for Bossier Parish Community College.  Saturday he became the first Cavalier track and field athlete in program history to qualify for the NJCAA National Meet. Bryant met the national qualifying standard in the 400 meters with an outstanding time of 48.10 seconds in the Dan Veach Invitational held at Southern Arkansas University’s Track Complex.

Bryant, a sophomore from Coushatta, La., finished third overall behind SAU’s Jordan Johnson (47.62) and Woyn Chatman (48.08), who was running unattached. The Red River High School product also competes in the 200 meters but that event was cancelled due to weather-related issues.

The NJCAA National Track & Field Meet is scheduled for May 11-13, 2021, at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas.