Tracksters place at 5-3A District Track Meet
A number of Rayne High and Notre Dame track team members qualified for Regional by placing at last week’s 5-3A District Meet hosted by Rayne High School at the Church Point High School track.
The Pios won the boys’ side with a total of 108 points while the Lady Pios ran away with their title by 35 points (127) over runnersup Northwest (82).
On the boys’ side, Northwest claimed runnersup honors with 89 points followed by Crowley (78), Church Point (63) and Rayne (29).
In the girls’ division, Notre Dame was followed by Northwest (82), Rayne (70), Crowley (38) and Church Point (30).
Weightmen D.J. Welter and Phillip LeBlanc led the way for the Pios. The junior standout edged out LeBlanc on his second to last throw in the discus to win the event with a toss of 138-7. He also placed second in the shot put (44-9) behind Church Point’s Torey Boudreaux (45-6). LeBlanc was also second in the javelin (191-4).
Dusty Hoffpauir aided in the field with a first-place showing in the long jump (21-8 1/4 and a third-place finish in the triple jump (40-5 ¼).
“I think the field carried us through today,” said McCleary. “We really over achieved in the field on both the boys and the girls side. Positions that we thought would be seconds and possibly fourth we did better in. We went 1-2 in the girls’ long jump and didn’t expect it and we went 1-2 in the boys’ discus and didn’t expect that. They really did a good job of peaking at the right time and having their plus throws and jumps.
Other district champions for Notre Dame included Ted Gall in the 800 (2:09.86) and Casey and Beau Petitjean in the 1600, both posting a time of 5:05.00.
Crowley High was led by Outstanding Performer Keith Pierson and Outstanding Track Performer Tinori Boutte.
On the girls’ side, Notre Dame claimed four district champions in Hayley Gossen, Alex Boulet, Amber Domingue and Ann Venable.
Gossen won the 3200-meter run (13:22.73) and placed second in the 800 (2:38.89) while Boulet won the 300-hurdles (53.69) and finished second in the pole vault (8-0). Venable won the high jump with a leap of 4-8 while Domingue took top honors in the long jump (16-0 1/2) and placed second in the triple jump (32-3).
Rayne’s Annie Simoneaux and Krystal Chevis teamed up to claim two of the three top individual honors.
Simoneaux was named the Outstanding Field Performer after winning the shot put (33-11), the discus (109-2) and the javelin (131-6) while Chevis earned the Outstanding Track award by winning the 100-meter dash (12.04), the 200-meter dash (27.68) and the 400-meter dash (58.72).
The top four qualifiers from the district meet will now advance to the regional meet at UL-Lafayette’s Ragin Cajun Track and Field Complex on Wednesday.