PLAQUEMINE - With only two weeks of practice with his team, Port Allen track coach Leonard Parker did not know exactly
what to expect from his team last week at the Green Devil Relays.
They gave him more than he expected.
Port Allen was the runaway hit in the meet at Plaquemine High's Andrew Canova Stadium after a final total of 169, more than twice the tally of runner-up Plaquemine (81) and third place Brusly (68).
"'I've just gotten out here since basketball season, and so far I like what I see," Parker said. "But it's still a long way from where we want to be in five weeks."
Belaire took fourth with 66.5 points, while Baker placed fifth (63.5). Rounding out the competitors were Pointe Coupee Central (50), St. John (21.50), Donaldsonville (18), False River (17) and East Iberville (3.50).
"I was happy with how we came out," Brusly coach Brady Perry said. "To finish third among ten teams is a good showing. I think we're stronger in the field events right now."
The Brusly girls track team meanwhile, had a huge showing with a total of 119, barely trailing the 124 by Plaquemine and far eclipsing third place Baker (64), fourth place Port Allen (56), fifth place False River Academy, Donaldsonville (36), Pointe Coupee Central (29), Belaire (24), St. John (15) and East Iberville (12).
Nick Parker was named Outstanding Track Performer. The Loyola basketball commitment bagged four first place wins at the meet.
"I won the district, regional and state championship and hopefully go in four events and place in all of then," Nick Parker said. "This was the start of that
"As for our team, I think we have a good chance to win state," he said. "We have a lot of guys stepping up to the plate."
He led the 110-meter hurdles (15.50), 300-hurdles (42.38), long jump (21.00) and triple jump (43-03). 300-hurdles (42.36), long jump (21-00) and triple jump (34;-2).
Teammate James Jones led the pack in the 400-meter dash (52.21). He was also on the 4-by-400 meter relay along with Jordan Morgan, Grover Harrison and Hampton Craig.
Jones also grabbed third in the 100 (11.57).
He nudged out Craig on the 400 (52.59).
Marcus Keyes of PAHS took the top spot in the shot put (49-07), while Telson Allen placed first in the high jump (6-02) and teammate Morgan Jordan was third (5-10).
Brusly, made its mark in the field events. Ryan Reech leaped 6-02 for the runner-up spot in the high jump.
Ken Hill had a throw of 45-08 for the second place spot in the shot put, while Ashton Gremillion's leap of 8-0 on the pole vault notched him third place. Adam Morales took the third place spot on the javelin with a throw of 129-06.
In girls competition, Taylor Shaw's showing in the running events earned her with Taejah Watkins of Plaquemine.
Shaw won the 100-meter dash (12.65) and placed second in the 200 (26.82) and 400 (1:01.06). She also worked the final leg of the 4-by-100 team (along with Alarice Stevens, Caitlyn Williams and Johnee LeBlanc) that finished first with a timing of 51.34.
The Lady Panthers also took second in the 4-by-200 (1:51.90).
Deanna Tarver took third for BHS in the 1600 (6:49.95).
Ariel Kelly of Port Allen led the pack in the 100-meter hurdles (59.09).
In field events, Janae Ovete claime the top spot in the shot put (34-11.50) and Veronique Thomas won the pole vault (6-06).
Thomas finished above two Brusly competitors -- Dajonne Journee (6-0) and Dena Jones (4-06).
Rhea Lee had a leap of 5-0 in the high jump for second place, while Kennedy Cullen of Brusly placed third (4-10).
THIS WEEK ... Home meets top the slate at both schools.
Brusly hosts the Brusly Invitational Thursday. Teams slated for the event include St. John, Ascension Catholic, Live Oak, Madison Prep, Dunham, Runnels, and Jehovah Jireh.
Port Allen hosts the John Williams Relays on Friday. Also set to compete at PAHS include Lutcher, McKinley, Catholic-Pointe Coupee, False River Academy, Pointe Coupee Centra and Family Christian.