Crowley's Rogers, Foreman earn top honors at Class 3A regional meet

WESTLAKE – Unlike a week earlier at the District 4-3A meet, there were no nerve issues for Crowley’s Mercedes Rogers Wednesday afternoon at the Class 3A, Region I Track and Field Championships at Westlake Rams Stadium.

A much-more relaxed and confident Rogers turned in personal record-bests (PRs) in each her four events Thursday, winning the long and triple jump and placing third in the high jump to earn the region’s Outstanding Field Performer award.

Rogers also placed second in the 300 hurdles to help lead her team to a third-place regional finish with 59 points. Richwood won the girls’ title with 76 points and Westlake was second with 67.

Notre Dame scored 23 points to finish 10th in the 16-team field.

“My nerves weren’t an issue today,” said Rogers, who will compete in all four of her events next Saturday in the Class 3A state meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium. “I felt better today and I was a little more confident than I was heading into the district meet. Last week, my steps weren’t right, but this week, I got them right.”

Rogers had a personal best leap of 17-10 in the long jump and she followed that up with a winning mark of 36-0 in the triple jump.

In the high jump, an event she took up just three weeks ago, Rogers went 5-2 to place third. Later in the meet, she posted a time of 48.70 in the 300-hurdles.

“Today, in the high jump, I had time to get my mark and do a run through,” said Rogers. “Last week, I didn’t get to do that. I just put the tape down and ran from there.”

Rogers will be competing in the state meet for the third straight year. In 2011, she qualified in three events and placed third in the triple jump, fifth in the long and sixth in the 300 hurdles. As a freshman, she placed sixth in the hurdles.

“I’m really excited to get back (to the state meet),” said Rogers . “But I’m not just satisfied with getting there. Last year I was a little surprised that I made it in the triple jump. This year, I’m expecting more of myself. I just have to work even harder going into next week.”

Notre Dame’s Hunter Stelly will also be making a return trip to the state meet. The sophomore field specialist uncorked a season best throw of 189-7 on his final throw of the javelin to win the event by over 20 feet. He also had a third-place heave of 44-4 in the shot put to qualify in that event.

“Today was pretty rough with the side winds,” said Stelly, who placed third in the state meet last year in the javelin. “It was blowing pretty hard so I was getting kind of nervous. But I just went out there and threw the best I could. I knew that last throw was good as soon as I let go of it.”

The shot put was another story.

“In the shot put, I really didn’t have a good day,” he said. “I usually get it a little farther out there, but, you know, you have those days.”

Stelly’s best toss this year in the shot put has been 47-5. His throw Wednesday in the javelin topped his previous personal best of 189-5 that he set last week at the district meet.

Rontrevius Foreman grabbed the spotlight for the Gents, who took runnerup honors in the boys’ team standings with 67 points. North DeSoto won the meet with 109 points while Jennings was third (56). Notre Dame finished eighth with 32 points.

Foreman was second in the 800 (2:04.58), the 1600 (4:52.85) and the 300 hurdles (42.96) and his anchor leg on the 4x400 relay helped the Gents take top honors in that final event with a time of 3:32.50.

Kirk Poullard, Taylor Doughty and Thomas Cavell also ran on that relay.

Doughty also qualified for the state meet in the 400-meter dash with a second place finish (52.10). Poullard was fourth (53.12).

Poullard and Doughty joined Damon Malbrough and Chanz Moore to place third in the 4x200 (1:31.26) and Tyler Credeur was third in the 110 hurdles (15.86).

Andre Mills earned an alternate spot with a fourth-place finish in the long jump as did Cavell in the javelin.

Notre Dame’s Blake Miller and Jesse Smith will both make their debut at the state meet next week. Miller qualified with a second-place finish in the 100 (11.03) while Smith was third in the 3200 (11:22.14).

On the girls’ side, Crowley’s Kara Wilridge will join Rogers in the triple jump after placing second at the regional with a leap of 34-11. Wilridge, Bailee Villejoin, Olivia Boullion and Christian Wilson also qualified with a third-place finish in the 4x200 relay (4:29.57).

Teara Breaux was fourth in the 100 hurdles, earning an alternate spot.

The Lady Pios had two qualifiers: Peyton Miller advanced with a third-place showing in the javelin (106-6) and Aline Gossen was third in the 3200 (12:56.30).

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