Guidry sets career best mark at Patriot Relays
Crowley High’s Damon Guidry clears a hurdle during Monday’s Patriot Relays at North Vermilion High School. Gudiry placed fifth in the hurdles and logged a career best leap of 6-8 in the high jump to win the event.
LEROY – Heading into Monday’s North Vermilion Patriot Relays, Crowley High’s Damon Guidry really didn’t have high expectations.
A year ago, he only cleared 5-10 at the meet.
One week prior to that, he had set a personal best mark of 6-4 in Eunice.
“I was really hoping to come in here and jump 6-2 today,” said Guidry. “I just wanted to try and put up points for the team.”
As it turned out, Guidry’s expectations were a little low - six inches low to be exact!
The sophomore soared over 6-2 and matched his personal best on his first attempt at 6-4.
But that was only the beginning of what was to become a special night.
“At 6-2, my only thoughts were that I had to beat the guys from Cecilia because both of those guys were still in it,” said Guidry.
Guidry first outlasted Jeremy Wiltz of Cecilia with the lead at 6-4 and had top honors all to himself two jumps later when he cleared 6-6, a new personal best.
“When I hit 6-6, in the grass, I was pretty excited,” said Guidry, who stands close to 5-foot-8. “I don’t even really know what I was thinking, but I was pretty pumped.
“The tall boys, when the bar gets to be over their head, they don’t know what to do; I start out with it over my head.”
With a new PR already in the books, Guidry, better known as Cookie to his teammates and friends, stared down his next attempt, which was a full foot over his head.
Not a problem.
He cleared 6-8 on his very first attempt and the flirted with 6-10 before clipping it with his heel on his final attempt.
“That would have been something if I would have gotten it, a foot and two inches over my head,” said Guidry.
Now, the bar has been set at a high level.
“The problem is getting back to it,” said Guidry, who never reached last year’s PR of 6-4 after the third meet of the season. “But it’s really about how you get your adrenaline running. If I can get back to that, I’ll clear 6-10.”
“I hope to get 7-0 before this year is over,” said Guidry. “I was hoping to hit that by my senior year, but now, realizing I’m only four inches away, I think I can do it.”
Guidry’s performance, which also included a fifth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles, helped propel the Gents to second place finish in the team standings behind Cecilia. The Bulldogs racked up 134 points while the Gents scored 94.5 on the day.
Notre Dame finished sixth in the nine-team field with 35 points. Church Point was ninth with 21.5 points.
Thomas Cavell and Kirk Poullard added a pair of winning performances for the Gents as well. Cavell won the 400-meter dash in a time of 50.40 while Poullard ran a winning time of 2:05.42 in the 800-meter run.
That same duo also teamed with Terrell Thomas and Mackay Mouton to win the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:30.91.
Cavell also finished tied for second in the javelin with a toss of 157, one spot behind Notre Dame’s Hunter Stelly who won the event with a throw of 177. Poullard also scored with a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (23.88) and he ran a leg on the Gents’ 4x200 relay runnersup team (1:33.76) along with Tyler Castille, Jacq’co Price and Mouton.
Thomas added a second-place showing in the 300-meter hurdles (43.41) while John Marceaux was third in the long jump (18-11). Castille added to the point total with a fourth-place time of 11.69 in the 100-meter dash while Leighton Killmer was third in the 3200 (11:50.09) and sixth in the 1600 (5:21.18).
The Gents’ 4x100 relay team of Castille, Price, Marceaux and Mouton finished fourth (46.08).
Price and Thomas each added a fifth-place finish in the triple jump (42-2) and the 110 hurdles (17.98), respectively. Earning sixth-place honors were Michael Stewart in the pole vault (10-6) and Marshall Wilbert in the discus (115-6).
Notre Dame’s Stelly, who also won the shot put with a heave of 48-8, was named the meet’s Outstanding Field Performer.
Nate Link logged a third-place finish for the Pios in the discus (122-5 1/2) while Hunter Meche was fourth in the high jump (5-8). Tre Milstead also jumped 5-8, but took fifth on jumps while Josh Kilgore was fifth in the 1600 (5:17.80).
Fred Williams paced Church Point with a third-place showing in the 400 (51.70) and James Bellard was fourth (52.20). Williams also scored a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 100 (11.85) and the high jump (5-8).
In girls’ competition, Abbeville won the meet with 102 points. Notre Dame was seventh with 45 points, followed by Crowley with 35.
Aline Gossen led the Lady Pios with a winning time of 6:04.44 in the 1600 while Madeline Gautreaux was fourth (6:29.40). Grace Morgan added a second-place showing in the high jump (5-2) while Sam Lyons was third in the 300 hurdles (51.93) and fourth in the triple jump (32-1). Alex Miller and Julia Schmid also finished third in the discus (90-2) and the triple jump (32-2), respectively.
Jalasia Hebert had the highest finish for Crowley with a second-place showing in the 400 (1:02.50). She also took fifth in the 100 hurdles (18.71) and teamed with Jamara Freeman, Taylor Cormier and Christian Wilson to place fourth in the 4x400 relay (4:36.88).
Freeman joined Tanika Williams, Bailee Villejoin and Jasmine Chapman to place third in the 4x100 relay (53.76) while Villejoin, Chapman, Williams and Wilson placed sixth in the 4x200 relay (1:54.63). Freeman was also fourth in the 200 (29.05).
Villejoin was fourth in the high jump (4-8) and Williams added a fifth-place finish in the 100 (13.70).
Earning sixth-place finishes for the Ladies were Ayanna Robingson in the 200 (30.6); Allison Smith in the 3200 (16:17.99) and Allana LeJeune in the discus (84-8 1/2).
Crowley High and Notre Dame will return to action Friday when they travel to Welsh to participate in the Grey Hound Relays.