Gents claim second straight 4-AAA track and field title
PRAIRIE RHONDE – For Crowley High’s Rontravious Foreman, distance running seems to come naturally.
The sophomore has been a fixture in the top three at nearly every track meet this spring in both the 1600- and 3200-meter races.
On Wednesday, at the 4-AAA All-District Meet at Northwest, he once again showed his endurance by winning the 1600 (5:10) and the 3200 (11:50). He also placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (43.60).
But he displayed his real determination following his victory in the 3200.
With Crowley having to run the 4x400 relay without two key members due to injuries, Foreman stepped up.
Just minutes after completing eight laps in the two-mile event, he anchored the 4x400 relay team to a second-place finish (3:33.27) to cap off a night in which the Gents won their second straight district title and he was awarded the meet’s Outstanding Track Performer.
The Gents walked away with the meet, scoring 144 points and Westlake took runnersup honors with 123. Northwest finished third (84) followed by Eunice (74), Church Point (64) and Iowa (56).
“The 4x400 was always my favorite race and I always ask coach to put me in it and he always says no,” said Foreman, who scored 26 of the Gents’ 144 points. “I always said if he would give me the chance I would do it and I did it tonight.”
Foreman’s late addition to the relay allowed him to snag the award from star sprinter Tonori Boutte, who logged 25 points for his team.
“I guarantee you, Tonori is probably patting him (Foreman) on the back and jumping for joy with him right now,” said CHS coach Wes Jacob. “That’s what it’s about, unselfishness.”
Kaleb Cormier also put forth a solid effort in the field events. The junior won the long jump (20-10 1/2) and followed that up with a personal best in winning the triple jump (44-9). He also took home top honors in winning the Outstanding Field Performer award.
“In the triple jump, I had my best jump ever,” said Cormier. “I couldn’t get past 43 last year.”
Foreman and Cormier may have taken home the hardware, but Boutte had some of the meet’s most memorable moments.
The senior won the 100-meter dash in a career best time of 10.38 and also repeated as the 200-meter champion in a time of 21.83. In addition, he anchored the winning 4x200 relay team (1:30.38).
But his most dramatic moment came in the 4x100.
After a bad exchange on the second leg, the Gents found themselves at the back of the pack when anchor Boutte received the stick from Taylor Doughty. Boutte put in overdrive, passing four competitors to win the event in a time of 44.88.
“We were in fifth place when I got the stick,” said Boutte. “I couldn’t not go to regionals in the 4x100. That was just unacceptable.”
Crowley also got help in the field events from Joski Banks, who placed second in both the triple and long jumps. Nick Cavell also placed second in the javelin with a personal best throw of 170-3.
Davante Bourqe added to the point total on the track with a third-place showing in the 100 despite nursing a strained hamstring.
“We did it with help from everybody,” said Jacob. “We’re kind of banged up with a number of nagging injuries but the kids found a way to bond together and make it happen. I’m proud of them.”
Iowa won the meet on the girls’ side with 150 points. Westlake was second with 140 followed by Eunice (119), Church Point (50), Crowley (46) and defending district champion Northwest (34).
Mercedes Rogers scored 28 points for the Ladies by winning the 300 hurdles (50.89) and the long jump (16-9 1/2) and placing second in the triple jump (34-4).
Olivia Boullion added a third place finish in the 400-meter run (1:05.35).
The Ladies and Gents will return to action next Wednesday when the top four finishers from the district meet head to regionals at Alexandria Senior High.