Gents run away with Bear Paw Relays title
CHURCH POINT – The Crowley Gents found themselves trailing traditional track and field power Franklin by one point (73-72) Wednesday in the Bear Paw Relays hosted by Church Point.
But with their five-meet winning streak on the line, the Gents rose to the occasion.
Crowley captured three first-place victories and scored 47 points in the final six events to cruise to the team title with 119 points.
Franklin was second with 93 points and Beau Chene was third with 49. Notre Dame and Rayne finished tied for sixth place in the field of 18 with 34 points each while Church Point was ninth with 29.
Rontrevius Foreman led the Gents’ charge by scoring 23 points in three events. The UNO signee logged a second-place finish in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs in times of 4:56.03 and 11:31.43, respectively. He also had a third place finish in the 800-meter run (2:09.94) and a sixth place showing in the 300-meter hurdles (43.10) en route to being named the meet’s Outstanding Track Performer.
Chanz Moore added to the Gents’ total by winning the 400-meter dash in a time of 50.40 while also running a leg on the winning 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams.
Moore joined Kirk Poullard, Tyler Castille and Damon Malbrough to win the 4x200 in a time of 1:30.79 and teamed with Tyler Credeur, Thomas Cavell and Poullard for a time of 3:30.23 in the 4x400.
Credeur added a victory in the 300 hurdles (41.30) and placed third in the 110 hurdles (16.9) while Cavell was third in the 400 (51.15) and fourth in the javelin (149-7). Andre Mills added a first place finish in the long jump (20-7), Damon Guidry was second in the high jump (6-0) and Eric LaCombe was second in the pole vault (11-6).
Hunter Stelly highlighted the Pios’ performance with a personal best throw of 206-3 in the javelin. He also placed third in the shot put (49-1 1/2), one spot behind teammate Andrew Breaux who had a personal best heave of 49-8.
Austin Thibodeaux was the only other top three finisher for Notre Dame with a third place showing in the triple jump (42-4).
Deontae Lazaro paced Church Point with a second place showing in the 110 hurdles (15.89). He also logged a pair of fourth place finishes in the 300 hurdles (42.54) and the long jump (20-6 1/2).
The Bears’ 4x400 relay team of Justin Roscoe, James Bellard, Fredrick Williams and Tra Lewis was third in a time of 3:34.75.
Rayne’s Jalen Williams was second in the 100-meter dash (11.32) and Vandarian Myles was second in the triple jump (43-2).
Westminster claimed the title on the girls side with 85 points. The Lady Crusaders were followed by Teurlings with 67.3333 points and Crowley with 57.3333.
Rayne placed eighth with 40 points, Notre Dame was ninth with 25 and Church Point was 13th with 14.5.
Mercedes Rogers led the CHS Ladies by scoring 36 points overall. She was named the meet’s Outstanding Field Performer after winning the triple jump (34-7 1/2) and the long jump (16-5). Rogers also won the 100 hurdles (16.64) and was third in the 300 hurdles (50.51).
Mallory Runner logged the Ladies only other top three finish with a third place showing in the 1600-meter run (6:19.53).
Rayne’s Tanner Wilson was second in the triple jump (33-11 1/2) and in the 400 (1:02.13) while Tristan Mouton was second in the 100 hurdles (16.91) and the 300 hurdles (49.89). Taylor Arceneaux also placed second in the discus (100-5 1/2).
Notre Dame got a second place finish from Aline Gossen in the 3200-meter run (13:39.19) and a pair of third place finishes from Grace Morgan in the high jump (5-0) and Katelyn Hoffpauir in the long jump (15-3).
Church Point’s 4x200 relay team of Brittany Lewis, Bria Frank, Janescia Celestine and Shondrika Boast placed second in a time of 1:49.24.
Crowley High and Notre Dame will be in action again on Wednesday when they travel to Iowa for the District 4-3A meet while Church Point and Rayne will be in Eunice participating in the District 5-3A meet. Field events for both meets are slated for 3:15 p.m. with the running events set to begin at 5:30.