Both West Baton Rouge Parish high school track squads will face more than the usual tough competition when they head into action Friday in the Westside Relays.
Port Allen and Brusly - both in Class 3A - will get a preview of 3A competition in a meet that also includes district foe Glen Oaks, as well as 3A programs Northeast and Livonia.
Field action at Guy Otwell Stadium begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Track events will begin at approximately 5 p.m.
Other teams slated to compete include East Feliciana, False River, Family Christian and Opelousas.
"This meet should give us a good idea of where things stand for us when we move into district and regional action," Port Allen coach Leonard Parker said. "We've got some solid programs in this meet, so we'll get a good idea where we stand."
Brusly coach Brady Perry also expects a tough challenge for the Panther program.
"You've got some really good teams in that meet," he said. "Port Allen always has a good program, and Northeast and Glen Oaks are really good as well, so this meet should say a lot about who might give us our toughest competition."
Brusly heads into the meet after a solid showing Thursday in its Red & Gold Relays, while Port Allen figured prominently in the outocme at the Cowboy Invitational Friday at Jewel Sumner.
Iberville Parish stole the spotlight at the Red & Gold Relays.
Class 1A powerhouse White Castle won the boys competition and Plaquemine led the pack in girls action.
WCHS tallied 121 points to claim the boys champoinship, eclipsing University High (104), Brusly (82), Plaquemine (79) and Dunham (50). Livonia, Hosanna, Catholic-Pointe Coupee and St. John followed.
Plaquemine chalked 143 points for first place in girls action, outpacing Brusly (108), Catholic-Pointe Coupee (81), University High (67) and White Castle (34). Livonia, Dunham, St. John and Hosanna rounded out competition.
"I was really impressed with Plaquemine and White Castle," Perry said. "Plaquemine has a very strong girls program this year and the White Castle boys are strong in just about every event, but I was still happy with our showing."
Perry was particuarly pleased with the showings of Robert Reech, Darian Cobbs, Terrell Johnson, Robert Taylor, Caleb Henderson and Adam Morales.
Reech took first in the high jump (6-2), while Cobbs topped the discus event (109-3), just ahead of Morales (107-3.5).
Henderson claimed third in the 100-meter (11.52), while Taylor finished second in the 200 (23.28) and Kenneth Strahan was third in the 1600 (5:23.92).
Taylor Shaw dominated running events for BHS with first-place finishes in the 100 (12.40), 200 (25.56) and 400 (59.87).
Kennedy Cullen won first for Brusly in the high jump (4-8) and Destinee Journee claimed second in the pole vault (6-0). B. Granville placed second in the javelin (94-7).
The boys track squad notched third behind 4A power Jewel Sumner and 5A stronghold Belle Chasse. Longtime 3A standout West Feliciana took fourth (92). Rounding out the competition were Amite, Loranger, Kentwood and Independence.
"I was very proud of our guys," Parker said. "To come out as they did against teams such as Sumner and West Feliciana says a lot about our program."
The PAHS girls placed fifth (67). Sumner claimed first (104), followed by West Feliciana, Belle Chasse, and Kentwood. Indepdence, Loranger and Amite were the last three finishes in the pack.
James Jones led the 400-meter (51.61), while Nick Parker claimed first in the 300-meter hurdles (42.28) and second in the 110-hurdles (15.48).
Parker also claimed second in the high jump (6-0)
Marcus Keyes grabbed the top spot in the shot put (49-3.5) and Damon Garner took second in the discus (125-10).
In girls action, Destiny Washington took first in the shot put (35-3) and third in the discus (90-8).
Rhea Lee placed first in the high jump (5-10) and third in the triple jump (32-2).
Cambre Pollard placed first in the javelin event (95-8).