Boutte paces Gents at regional championships

ALEXANDRIA –Not even slick track conditions or limited practice time could get in the way of Tonori Boutte’s ultimate goal.

Neither could a star-studded field in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Region I Track and Field Championships at Alexandria Senior High Wednesday.

Despite getting in just two practice days following last week’s District 4-AAA championships due to prom and his normal rest day’s between meets, Crowley’s star sprinter overcame slow starts in both races to win the events and advance to next week’s state track meet at LSU.

He also ran the anchor leg on the second place 4x200 and third place 4x100 meter relay teams, helping propel the Gents to a runnerup showing with 89 points. Northwest won the meet with 103 points.

“I am happy with the wins, but I don’t really think I ran that well today, especially in the 100,” said Boutte. “The track is not real springy and I slipped practicing coming out the blocks before the race. I was scared to come out the blocks low because I might slip and not qualify so when the race started, I came out high and I had to catch up at the end.”

Boutte caught up to North DeSoto’s Curtis Carter, a football signee with TCU, and then edged him at the finish line in a time of 10.70.

Boutte also had some catching up to do in the 200 after entering the meet with the fourth - fastest time in that event.

Unlike the 100, however, the 200 was not as dramatic.

Boutte, running out of lane three, made up the distance in the curve and cruised to victory in a time of 22.01. His time of 21.68 that he posted earlier in the season is the fastest 200 time in Class AAA this year.

“I had to catch up coming out of the curve and then I just strided it out,” said Boutte, who won the 200 by well over two meters.

Boutte joined Marquise Lee, Troy Wilridge and Henterrio Guidry to place second in the 4x200-meter relay in a time of 1:29.53 He also teamed with Wilridge, Guidry and Kristian Allen to place third in the 4x100 relay (43.23).

Crowley also scored in the field with three athletes moving on to state.

Devin Hebert placed second in the discus with a toss of 129-7 while Kaleb Cormier was third in the triple jump with a mark of 42-10. Joski Banks followed Cormier with a leap of 42-9 to earn an alternate spot at the state meet.

Calvin Lewis advanced to the state meet with a third-place showing in the shot put (48-2).

Freshman Mercedes Rogers was the lone CHS Lady to qualify; she had a third place finish in the 300-meter hurdles.

“We really felt like we had a chance to win this thing coming in,” said CHS coach Wesley Jacobs. “Northwest did what they had to do and we just didn’t have our best day today. We lost a total of 12 points just in the relays.

“But I’m happy as long as we keep getting better. It’s not always about winning and losing. It’s about getting this program back to what it used to be. We’ll just keep plugging away.”

The Class AAA state meet is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium.

REGION II-3A MEET

LAFAYETTE – Notre Dame and Rayne logged a handful of state qualifiers Wednesday at the Region II Track and Field Championships at UL’s Cajun Track.

On the boy’s side, Rayne finished No. 12 in the 21-team field with 14 points while Notre Dame was tied at No. 13 with Berwick and North Vermilion with 10 points each.

Rayne’s Tyler Venable was the highest local finisher. He placed second in the javelin with a throw of 183-1. He will be joined at the state meet next week by teammate John Reynolds, who placed third in the 3200-meter run (10:35.25).

Notre Dame’s lone state qualifier on the boy’s side was D.J. Welter in the discus. Welter placed third in the event with a toss of 139-6.

On the girl’s side, Rayne placed eighth with 26 points while Notre Dame was eleventh with 19.

Annie Simoneaux led the Lady Wolves by qualifying in two events. She won the javelin with a toss of 131-8 and placed second in the discus with a mark of 114-2.

Notre Dame’s Mayme Cook advanced with a runnerup showing to Simoneaux in the javelin (131-0).

REGION III-B MEET

WELSH – Michael Primeaux paced the Midland Rebels to a third-place showing in the Region III, Class B Meet Wednesday by sweeping the distance events for the second straight year.

Primeaux won the 800 - (2:11.62), the 1600 - (4:52.19) and the 3200-meter runs (11:32.14) en route to being named the meet’s Outstanding Track Performer.

Lacassine won the meet with 87 points and Bell City was second with 77. Midland followed with 73.

Midland’s Colby Gantt, Miles Prejean and Chase Vincent also qualified for next week’s state meet.

Gant placed second in the 200-meter dash (24.08) while Prejean was third in the discus (106-2) and Vincent was third in the 3200 (11:32.14).

Carisa Richard and Heley Guidry both qualified on the girl’s side. Richard was third in the long jump (14-7) and Guidry was third in the triple jump (31-0 3/4).

Full Regional Results will be published in Sunday’s edition of the Crowley Post-Signal

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