CROWLEY – It took some time, and some in-season rain hurdles along the way, but the high school track and field campaign is finally in high gear.
As usual, the regular season events were just for show. The real action begins with district meets.
Crowley and Eunice were ready for that challenge, capturing team titles in Tuesday’s District 4-4A Meet at Crowley. Equally important to both was the number of athletes they advanced to next Wednesday’s Region II-4A Meet at UL’s Cajun Track.
When Jacquo Price anchored teammates Terrell Thomas, Mikal Hebert and Quentron Gallow to a winning 3:31.34 time in the 4×400 relay, it climaxed a 116-point effort for the host Gents.
That was good enough to hold off runner-up Opelousas (107) and LaGrange (97) for the title.
Price earlier won the 200 in 22.54, the only other event taken by Crowley on a day when depth was the winning formula.
In fact, one of the top events of the meet was a high jump battle in which Washington-Marion’s Chris Edwards cleared 7-0 to edge Crowley’s Damon Guidry (6-10).
Edwards was the Outsanding Field Performer with high jump and triple jump (44-7) wins, while Guidry was joined by teammates Marshall Wilbert (discus) and Darrid Romero (pole vault) as runners-up.
Versatile Collins Roberts of Opelousas was Outstanding Track Performer after placing second in the 100 and 200, third in the 800 and running on a sixth-place 4×400 relay.
Eunice ran away with the girls’ crown, scoring 142 points to 97 for Beau Chene.
EHS got wins from Dashaya Vigers (110-3 javelin), Beuhla Bradley (13.09 100), Kiara White (26.75 200) and all three relays (51.47 4×100; 1:46.77 4×200; 4:25.15 4×400).
Beau Chene earned top awards with Outstanding Field Performer Helena Tibbs (35-10 triple jump win, 16-11 runner-up long jump) and Outstanding Track Performer, triple winner Bailee Olivier (2:43.66 800, 6:01.32 1600, 13:05.93 3200).