Port Allen and Brusly both have eyes on the upcoming District 7-3A track championship next week at E.D. White, but the two local teams will get a sneak preview Friday.
The Pelicans and Panthers will cross paths Friday at the Westside Relays at Guy Otwell Stadium , on the campus of Port Allen High School.
Field events begin at 3:30. Track competition starts at 5.
Other teams slated to compete include Livonia, Glen Oaks, McKinley, Family Christian, False River Academy and White Castle.
“It’s gotten to a point that the week before district you’re putting down some stuff you’ll be using in district.” Port Allen coach Leonard Parker said. “Hopefully, 80 or 90 percent of what you do at Westside you’ll do at district.”
The Pelicans head into the meet after a strong showing in the St. Amant Relays. The boys and girls teams both finished third, behind 5A schools St. Amant and East Ascension.
Darian Claiborne was named Outstanding Field Performer after a first-place win in the shotput and second in the discus event.
Destiny Washington figures as one of the top performers in field events for the Lady Pelicans. Rhea, Rhecie and Rhenell Lee should figure strong in the running events.
Brusly heads into the meet after the boys placed second and the girls took fifth in the Sugar Relays at White Castle High School.
“I was very happy with how the teams did in that event,” Brusly coach Brady Perry said.
Perry is upbeat about many of the BHS competitors going into the Westside Relays and district.
“We have some pretty decent competitors,” he said. “Henry Wood is probably our leader. He’s running the 100, 200, 400 and relays. We’re just trying to figure out which event to put him in.”
Terrence West also figures strong for the Panther. He recently set a school record on the 300-meter hurdles (40.1).
Perry sees his Panthers in contention along with EDW and Port Allen for the top spots in the district meet next week.
Senior Ashley Wheeler could once again make a strong showing for the Brusly girls in field events. Taylor Boudreaux, a standout on the hurdles, will be among top prospects for the Lady Panthers in running events.