Gents place second at 4-4A Track and Field Championships
Crowley High’s Tyler Castille hands off to Jacq’co Price Monday during the 4 x 200 relay at the District 4-4A Track and Field Champioships hosted by Rayne High. Castille and Price teamed with Kirk Poullard and Bryston Domino to win the relay in a time of 1:30.22.
RAYNE – Missed opportunities proved costly for the Crowley Gents Monday afternoon in the District 4-4A Track and Field Championships at Rayne High School.
The Gents missed out on some key points in the field events and struggled to make them up on the track, resulting in a runners-up finish overall in the team standings.
Opelousas won the team title with 121 points while the Gents edged LaGrange for second place with 114.5 points. The Gators were third with 114 points while Rayne was seventh with 12.
“When we came out of the field, I felt like we left some points out there,” said CHS coach Jeptha Wall. “I knew we needed those extra fifth- and sixth-place points (in the field) just in case we faltered on the track, which you can always expect, especially running against these guys like we were running against.
“Don’t get me wrong, we did some good things on the track, but we needed to pick up some of those trash points, fifth and sixth places, there at the end.”
Overall, the Gents qualified 11 athletes in 11 events for the regional meet on May 1 at Northside in Lafayette.
Damon Guidry earned a district championship in the high jump by clearing 6-8 for the third time this season.
Darrid Romero had the second-highest finish in the field events with a runner-up showing in the pole vault at 11-6.
“Darrid’s performance didn’t surprise me,” said Wall of the freshman, who was competing in place of an injured Eric LaCombe. “He’s been on the verge and we were finally able to get him on a pole.
“Between us and Church Point, we’ve been throwing poles back and forth to each other to help the kids out and we just happened to get on the right one and things kind of worked out.
“Anything he did was a plus, but I knew he was capable of getting himself up in the mix.”
JeJuan Delco added a fourth-place finish in the shot put (40-8).
On the track, the Gents got 26 points from their relay teams.
Tyler Castille, Bryston Domino, Jacq’co Price and Terrell Thomas combined for a season-best 43.32 to win the 4 x 100 relay, while Castille, Domino, Price and Kirk Poullard ran a second-place time of 1:30.22 in the 4 x 200.
The Gents capped off the night by running another season best time in the 4 x 400.
Thomas Cavell, Poullard, Price and Thomas combined to run a 3:26.14 to finish second just behind Opelousas (3:26.09).
“I thought we did what we needed to do in the relays,” said Wall. “The 4 x 100 was phenomenal. That was not at all expected; I felt we could be anywhere in the top five, but they exceeded my expectations.
“And the 4 x 400, that was a great high-school mile relay. It doesn’t get much better than that. That was our best time, but I still think we have a little bit more in us. We have some sophomores on there that are just starting to feel it.”
Poullard also took top honors in the 800-meter run (2:03.65) while Cavell and Thomas earned second-place finishes in the 400 (51.11) and the 110 hurdles (16.08), respectively. Leighton Killmer finished second in the 1600 (5:09.17 and Alex Domingue was fourth in the 3200 (1204.65).
Rayne qualified two for the regional meet.
Desmond Cole placed second in the shot put (46-0) and Jacoby White was fourth in the 800 (2:12.04).
On the girls’ side, Eunice won the team title with 122 points while Crowley was fourth (72) and Rayne was sixth (59).
“I’m pretty proud of our girls,” said Wall. “They went in there and battled to a fourth-place finish and they probably ran their best times on the relays, too.”
The Ladies 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams each qualified for regionals with a third-place finish.
Jamara Freeman, Bailee Villejoin, Tanika Williams and Jasmine Chapman teamed up to run a 52.43 in the 4 x 100 while Jalasia Hebert, Villejoin, Christian Wilson and Williams ran a 4:32.82 in the 4 x 400.
Hebert, the Ladies’ top scorer on the day, also won the 400-meter dash (1:02.75) and was third in the 100 hurdles (16.96).
“Jalasia is something special and she has a lot more potential, too. She’s still a baby,” said Wall of Hebert, who is just a freshman. “There are some technical things we have to work on, but it will come. But she’s right there.”
Brooklyn Johnson and Taylor Cormier each logged third-place showings on the day. Johnson went 7-6 in the pole vault while Cormier had a toss of 94-2 1/2 in the javelin.
Teara Breaux qualified in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with times of 18.08 and 52.47, respectively.
Also earning fourth-place finishes for the Ladies were Allison Smith in the 800 (3:14.81); Allana LeJeune in the shot put (29-8) and Villejoin in the high jump (4-10).
Rayne’s Tristan Mouton logged a pair of first-place finishes in the hurdle events. She ran a 16.17 in the 100 hurdles and followed up with a time of 48.35 in the 300 hurdles. She also placed third in the long jump (16-1).
Imari Jackson took top honors in the pole vault with a mark of 8-0 while Hannah Benoit was second in the high jump (4-10) and fourth in the 400 (1:05.23). Taylor Arceneaux was second in the discus (100-4).