Crowley takes runnerup honors at District 4-3A Track and Field Championships

IOWA – Crowley High’s Mercedes Rogers was understandably nervous heading into Wednesday’s District 4-3A track and field championships at Iowa.

After all, one slip up here or there and her junior track season could have come to an end.

Fortunately, the nerves subsided and the slipups were minimal.

Rogers won the 300-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 48.69, won the triple jump (35-3), placed third in the long jump (16-10 1/2) and was fourth in the high jump (4-8) to steal the spotlight and earn the meet’s Outstanding Female Performer award.

“I was a little scared going in because I knew I would be facing some pretty good competition,” said Rogers. “But I thought I performed well. I could have done better in the long jump but my steps weren’t right. And in the high jump, my heel kept on hitting the bar.

“But overall, I thought I did well. I just have to improve on a few things before next week.”

Rogers’ overall performance helped lead the Ladies to a surprising second-place finish (93 points) behind winner Iowa, which won with 135 points.

South Beauregard was third (92.5) and was followed by Westlake (90), Jennings (78) and Notre Dame (53.5).

“I knew we could be close to winning the meet, but going in, on paper, we were like fifth,” said Crowley High coach Jeptha Wall. “But somehow, we got through there. We had some people step up and score points for us. It was really nothing that jumps out at you. We didn’t have that many top three performances, but we just nickled and dimed a bunch of stuff.”

Teara Breaux was the Ladies’ only other district champion, winning the 100-hurdles in a time of 18.49.

Other Ladies qualifying for next week’s regional meet at Weslake were Allana LeJeune in the discus, Kara Wilridge in the triple jump, Heather Trahan in the pole vault, Isis Broussard in the 100- and 200-meter dash, Olivia Boullion in the 400 and Caroline Abshire in the 1600.

The Ladies will also move on in all three relays after placing third in the 4x100 and 4x400 and fourth in the 4x200. Jamara Freeman, Brooke Thibodeaux, Tiara Dugar and Broussard made up the 4x100 team while Freeman, Boullion, Dugar and Broussard comprised the 4x200 team. The 4x400 squad consisted of Bailee Villejoin, Thibodeaux, Boullion and Christian Wilson.

Notre Dame was led by Elizabeth Dartez with a second-place heave of 82-7 in the discus and Aline Gossen with a runnerup showing in the 3200 (13:02.67).

Peyton Miller and Elizabeth Ledet logged third-place finishes in the javelin (104-1) and 3200 (13:52.32), respectively. Taylor Gray qualified in the 800 with a fourth-place finish (2:37.88) and the Lady Pios’ 4x400 relay team of Gray, Mishka Mire, Katie Foreman and Sam Lyons advanced with a second-place time of 4:22.82.

On the boys’ side, the Gents also placed second with 117 points. Jennings won the meet with 161 points while Westlake was third (89). Iowa placed fourth (82) and was followed by Notre Dame (51) and South Beauregard (44).

Kaleb Cormier got the Gents going in the field events with a winning leap of 21-11 1/2 in the long jump and a runnerup finish in the triple jump (41-7). He also teamed with Kirk Poullard, Thomas Cavell and Taylor Doughty to win the 4x400 relay (3:30.41) and he joined Poullard, Doughty and Chanz Moore to place second in the 4x200 (1:31.92).

Doughty added to the point total with a winning time of 51.51 in the 400 and he placed fourth in the 100 (11.81). Poullard was second in the 400 (52.24).

Rontrevius Foreman won the district title in the 1600 (4:59.24) and was third in the 800 (2:13.88)

Freshman Eric LaCombe added a second-place finish in the pole vault (10-6) and Michael Stewart was fourth (8-6).

Other Gents moving on to the regional meet include Andre Mills in the long jump, Moore in the 200 and Tyler Credeur in the 110 hurdles. Damnon Malbrough, Danny Malbrough, Mills and Moore also moved on in the 4x100.

The Pios were led by Outstanding Field Performer Hunter Stelly, who won the shot put (45-8 1/2) and had a personal best throw of 189-5 in the javelin to win the event.

Joe Schmid and Luke Habetz also earned a spot in regionals in the field events. Schmid placed third in the long jump (20-5 1/2) and Habetz was fourth in the discus (118-0).

On the track, Blake Miller won the 200 (22.93) and placed second in the 100 (11.47). Jesse Smith also placed second in the 3200 with a time of 11:28.56.

Crowley and Notre Dame’s qualifiers will compete in the regional meet on Wednesday at Westlake High School. Field events are slated for 1 p.m. with running events set for 4.

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