Crowley High, Notre Dame set for North Vermilion Patriot Relays
CROWLEY – One week after their best performance of the young season, the Crowley Ladies and Gents return to action this evening when they travel to Leroy to participate in the North Vermilion Patriot Relays.
Last week, the Gents claimed the Eunice Bobcat Relays team title behind a strong showing on the oval.
“Numbers wise, statistically we ran a little bit better last week,” said first-year CHS coach Jeptha Wall. “We’re still not strong though and we’re just trying to piece it all together before we reach district.”
Rontravius Foreman was the most consistent performer for the Gents last week. The distance runner won both the 800- and the 1600-meter runs in times of 2:09.75 and 4:56,12 respectively. He also placed second in the 300-meter hurdles (43.18) en route to being named the meet’s Outstanding Track Performer.
“Rontrevius has steadily improved,” said Wall. “There are a number of guys that we are counting on and he’s one of them.”
The Gents also got strong performances out of their relay teams, who placed first in the 4x400 and second in the 4x200.
Also on the track, the Gents got a second-place finish from Kirk Poullard in the 400 (53.16) and a third-place finish in the 110 hurdles (16.88) by Tyler Creduer.
“We’re kind of maneuvering and jockeying people around to see where they best fit and we’re also trying to get some of the younger kids some experience at the same time,” said Wall.
For the most part, all of the Gents’ times on the track have improved, which Wall says is to be expected.
“You know, that will happen as the season goes on and the kids get in better shape,” said Wall, whose team is getting used to practicing on a new track that was installed last year. “And with it warming up, that’s a big deal.
“But the biggest thing for us right now is not over killing on that new track. The kids aren’t used to running on that as much so we have to try and kind of alter our workouts a little bit because of shin splints and stuff like that.”
For the most part, the Gents have been able to avoid any serious injuries to their runners.
It’s a different story in the field events.
Caleb Cormier, a state qualifier last year in the long and triple jump, competed for the first time last week after suffering an ankle injury in baseball.
“Kaleb has kind of been nursing his ankle for a little bit and he really hasn’t even gotten much practice in,” said Wall of Cormier, who placed fourth in the long jump (19-9) but was held out of the triple jump last week. “He has been able to pitch a little bit (in baseball) but as far as getting that hard push jumping, we have had to limit him.”
Andre Mills stepped in to add some depth to the Gents’ stable of jumpers and logged a third-place showing in the long jump with a leap of 19-10.
“Mills is kind of helping us out,” said Wall. “I think that we picked up another jumper that we can count on so that’s a bright spot.”
The CHS Ladies will be led into action by Mercedes Rogers. The junior standout won the triple jump (35-5) and the 300 hurdles (51.5) and placed third in the long jump (15-7) last week. Her mark of 17-3 in the long jump two weeks ago in the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Relays is the second best in the Acadiana area.
The Ladies will also look for big performances from Isis Broussard, who comes in with the second best time in Acadia Parish in the 100 (13.48) and the 200 (27.15) and Teara Breaux in the 110 and 300 hurdles.
Notre Dame will also be competing after a respectable performance in last week’s Bobcat Relays.
Despite competing with a limited number of athletes, the Pios were able to place fifth while the Lady Pios finished fourth in the 11-team meet.
Leading the way for the Pios are Blake Miller and Hunter Stelly.
Miller ran a season-best 10.59 to win the 100-meter dash. He also raced to the 200-meter title in a time of 22.75.
Stelly won the javelin for the third straight week with a toss of 175-1. His best mark in the event is 187-7, which ranks first in the Acadiana area. He also placed third in the discus 45-4.
Joe Schmid will also be looked upon to score in the triple jump, which he won last week with a leap of 41-3.
Peyton Miller and Laura Stephens will provide a 1-2 punch in the javelin. Miller won last week’s event with a season-best throw of 100-4 while Stephens was second (97-2). Both throws rank in the top five in Acadiana.
Victoria Dupre didn’t compete last week, but she enters the Patriot Relays with a season-best jump of 4-6 in the high jump.
On the track, the Lady Pios will be led by distance standouts Aline Gossen and Taylor Gray as well as hurdler Kali Zaunbrecher.
Gossen enters with the third best time in the area in the 3200-meter run (13:33) and has a season-best time of 6:11 in the 1600. Gray ranks fourth in the area in the 800 (2:40.01) while Zaunbrecher is third in the 110 hurdles (16.69).
Joining Crowley and Notre Dame in the 11-team field today will be Erath, Abbeville, North Vermilion, Kaplan, Gueydan, Church Point, Breaux Bridge , Cecilia and St. Martinville.
The field events are set to start at 3:45 p.m. and the running will begin at 5:45.