Local track teams gear up for state meet

Written by John Dupont on .


Port Allen and Brusly coaches realize state championships will not be in the offering Saturday at the Class 3A track meet, but they’ll take all they can get from it.

It’s more a matter of making of the most against bigger programs with more experience and more depth for the meet at LSU’s Bernie More Track Stadium.

Action begins at 9 a.m.

Port Allen leads the pack with six events – four from Nick Parker.

The Pelicans finished second of 28 teams at the Region II, Class 3A regionals last week at Abbeville High School, behind longtime state rival Franklin.

Parker qualified with first place finishes in the long jump and triple jump.

The Pelican standout will also compete in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles after third place spots in both events.

Telson Allen and Marcus Keyes will join Parker at the state meet.

Allen took second in the high jump, while Keyes placed third in the shot put.

“We fell a little short, with a lot of fourth place finishes, and we were looking for 10 or 12 events, but we’ll go out with our people and do our best,” coach Leonard Parker said. “We’re looking to represent Port Allen well, but it’s probably not going to be a state title year.

“We’ll just go in and do our best,” he said.

Powerhouses Jewel Sumner and John Curtis will likely vie for the top spot. Sumner qualified in 18 events and Curtis 17.

“That’s a lot of bullets they have,” Leonard Parker said. “We have some nice bullets, but not as many.”

Destiny Washington enters the meet the sole competitor for the girls after she qualified with a runner-up spot in the shot put.

Ryan Reech will represent Brusly’s boys in the high jump competition. He placed third in the regional meet, and has been one of the top field performers for the Panthers throughout the season.

Taylor Shaw enters the meet as Brusly’s only competitor in girls’ events.

The BHS freshman qualified in the 100, 200 and 300-meter runs.

“We dropped the stick in the relays, so we won’t have them going,” coach Marc Brown said. “The lack of numbers and injury to Kaitlyn Williams also hurt.

“We were hoping she’d be able to go, but she had a hamstring issue,” he said.

Lack of experience and depth also held back the Lady Panthers, Brown said.

Shaw placed first in the 100 and 400 and second in the 200. She garnered the Outstanding Performer Award in girls competition at the regional meet.

“We’re young, but the future is bright for girls track,” he said.           

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