Midland Rebels place third at regional meet

WELSH - For Midland’s Michael Primeaux, it’s one last chance to add to an already impressive prep track career.

The senior distance runner, who has already won at least one event at the Class B State Track and Field Championships each of the last three years, will have an opportunity to add up to as many as three more titles to his list of accomplishments Friday when he leads the Midland Rebels into the 2012 state meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium.

Primeaux, who earned berths in the state meet with impressive performances at last week’s regional meet, will compete in the 1600-meter run and the 3200-meter run as well as run a leg on the Rebels’ 4X400 relay team.

“Monkey has quite a few state championships and he’s looking forward to trying to do it again,” said Midland coach Todd Briley of Primeaux. “And I think he will; he’s been working really hard and he’s been running some pretty good times.”

Primeaux’s winning time in the 1600 last week was 4:55.79 and his 3200 was 10:50.97.

Later, he teamed with Darren Arceneaux, Cody Stutes and Stephen Primeaux in winning the 4x400 in a season-best time of 3:39.1

Primeaux will be hoping to add to the state title in the 1600 he won as a junior, the two (1600 and 3200) he won as a sophomore and the one (3200) he won as a freshman. In addition, he owns three state titles in cross country, missing out on the top honor last year due to an ankle injury.

Individually this week, he will be joined in the 1600 by Chase Vincent, who placed third in the regional meet (4:58.34) and in the 3200 by Jake Gautreaux, who was third as well (11:16.20).

They will be joined in Baton Rouge by Andrew Hains, who won the javelin (144-0) and was second in the 300-meter hurdles (44.06) in the regional meet and by Stephen Primeaux, who was second (53.35) in the 400.

“The boys competed hard,” said Briley of the Rebels’ third-place team finish at regionals. “It’s the same old thing: Good attitudes and hard workers. We have a good group that qualified and I’m proud of them.”

On the girls’ side, the Lady Rebels placed seventh at regionals with 32 points.

Kristen Breaux qualified in the 400-meter run with a second-place finish (1:03.42). The eighth-grader also advanced as part of the 4x100 relay team along with Brooke Comeaux, Bethany LeJeune and Tori Craigen, and the 4x400 team with Craigen, Maci Primo and LeJeune. The 4x100 team placed third with a time of 53.74 as did the 4x400 team with a time of 4:41.82.

LeJeune also earned a trip to the state meet with a third-place finish in the triple jump (31-1).

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