Primeaux helps lead Midland to Bell City Bruins Relays title

BELL CITY – Midland track and field coach Todd Briley didn’t have high expectations heading into Wednesday’s Bell City Bruins Relays.

After all, his squad had just competed in the Lacassine Relays, their first outing of the season, the Friday prior to Bell City’s midweek meet.

But even with little recovery and practice time, Briley’s squad was up to the challenge.

The Rebels won six events and racked up 125 points to edge Johnson Bayou (122.5) for the overall team title. The host Bruins placed third in the meet with 117 points in the 10-team field.

“We are doing a little better than I expected,” said Briley, whose Rebels finished second at the Lacassine Relays. “I didn’t expect us to do as well as we have done the last two weeks being that we are just getting started.”

And although it was a total team effort on Midland’s part, there was one individual that stood out on the night.

Stephen Primeaux excelled on the track by winning both the 200-meter run (23.80) and the 400-meter run (53.72) as well as running the anchor leg on the winning 4x200 and 4x400 relays.

His 25-point performance was more than enough to earn him the Outstanding Track Performer Award.

“Stephen runs hard and he gives it everything he has,” said Briley. “He’s a competitor and he has some ability.”

Devon Gautreaux also scored a first-place showing, winning the 800-meter run (2:08) and Dylan Miller was second in the 1600-meter run (5:09.81)

“Devin ran real well,” said Briley. “He ran a 2:09 and that’s really a good time for him. That’s a pretty good time in the 800.

“And Dylan, he’s just a freshman; he ran well in the mile and we’re thinking about putting him in the 800 as well.”

Jake Gautreaux gave the Rebels their final individual victory of the evening with a time of 11:13.41 in the 3200-meter run. He also teamed with Floyd Baker, Darren Arceneaux and Primeaux to win the 4x200 relay (1:37.54).

“Jake did a good job,” said Briley, of Gautreaux who shaved nearly 20 seconds off his time in the 3200 from the previous meet. “He improved his time quite a bit and he ran a lot better than he did in the first race.”

Arceneaux, Miller, Devon Gautreaux and Primeaux won the 4x400 relay in a time of 3:44.56.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” said Briley, who was without the services of Randy Primeaux due to a muscle strain. “We don’t have a lot of guys out there (maybe 12) so they are having to do a lot of events. But they hung in there and pulled it out.”

On the girls side, the Lady Rebels scored 60 points to finish fifth in the field of 12 teams.

Bell City’s Lady Bruins won the meet with 151 points while Hathaway was second with 102. Lacassine followed with 75 points and Sacred Heart was fourth with 70.

Kristen Breaux had the highest individual performance for the Lady Rebels with a second-place showing in the 400-meter run (1:10.65). Katie Woods was third in the 3200 (13:56.44) and Tori Craigen was fourth in the 200 (29.38)

The Lady Rebels also scored in all three relay events. They were second in the 4x400 (4:45.45), third in the 4x100 (56.01) and fourth in the 4x200 (2:01.19).

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