The Brusly High track team has a knack for setting goals and reaching them. Its focus during the last couple of weeks has been to qualify for regionals.
The Westside Relays at Port Allen High School last Thursday, April 13, was the perfect stepping stone to that goal.
“At Westside, we were just touching up on a few things and staying sharp,” Brusly head girls track coach Trent Ellis said.
Freshman Jaselyn Berthelot running in her first meet, came in second in the 1,600 meter with a personal record of 6:49.
Ta’la Spates came in second in both the 100 meter and 200 meter races. Her time of 12:46 in the 100 meter was just of a second behind first place winner Makayla Edwards, of Glen Oaks. Spates’ time of 25:16 in the 200 meter was just behind another Glen Oaks runner, Trenaja Bennett.
Mackenzie Jenkins also placed in the 200 meter, coming in a close third with a time of 25:47.
Taylor Shaw, just a day after signing her college commitment letter to Louisiana Tech won the 400 meter with a time of 1:00.18, a whole five second ahead of second place.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Jenkins, Leblanc, Alarice Stevens and Caitlyn Williams came in second place with a time of 50.60.
In the field events, Williams, setting a personal record, came in first in the long jump with a jump of 16-feet-3.75 inches. Alarice Stevens took second in long jump with 15-feet-3.75-inches.
Tayla Leblanc and Tia Young came in first and second in the triple jump, both setting their own personal records. Leblanc jumped 32-feet-10-inches and Young jumped 31-feet-10-inches.
On the boys side, Shongo Wilson just missed first place in the 110-meter hurdles with his time of 15.75, just behind Port Allen’s Cameron Battley’s time of 15.73.
Brusly’s Noah Howard came in fourth place at 18.03.
Wilson also came in second place in the 300 meter with his time of 41.76, following Central’s Darryl Lavingne’s first place finish of 41.69.
The Panthers will head to the district meet at West Feliciana High School on Wednesday, April 19, where they hope to qualify for regionals.
“It will be difficult for us to win the meet because we will be shorthanded in the throws and distance events, but we hope to get our qualify to the regionals and go from there,” Ellis said.