BOURG – Numerous local girls and boys track teams were represented at the Region III, Class 4A track and field meet on Wednesday night at South Terrebonne Memorial Stadium.
But in the end, just two area teams placed in the respective Top 3 of the final girls and boys standings – the Vandebilt Catholic Lady Terriers and the E.D. White Catholic Cardinals.
The Vandebilt girls placed second in the team standings with 87 points (13 points behind girls winner Karr) and the E.D. White boys placed third with 55 points (11 points behind boys winner Karr and a point behind boys second-place finisher Lakeshore).
Both Lady Terriers coach Matt “Tank” Falgout and Cardinals coach Tommy Schexnayder said they were pleased with their teams overall performances.
“Anytime you can qualify for eight spots at state, that’s pretty good,” Lady Terriers coach Matt “Tank” Falgout said. “I am happy with how we performed.”
“How close were we to that runner-up?,” Schexnayder said. “I could not be more proud of these guys. We knew it was going to be a tall order moving into 4A, but our guys embraced it and have given us all that they have. To finish third in a region like this, I think it’s a big accomplishment.”
Other local girls teams to place at the meet included E.D. White (sixth, 34th points), South Lafourche (seventh, 30 points), Assumption (14th, 10 points), Ellender (16th, three points) and South Terrebonne (17th, seven points).
Other local boys teams to place at the meet included Ellender (sixth, 41 points), South Lafourche (seventh, 40 points), Vandebilt (12th, 19 points), South Terrebonne (17th, four points) and Assumption (17th, four points).
The Top 3 finishers in each event advance to the LHSAA Class 4A state and field championships set for May 5 at Bernie Moore Track and Field Stadium on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
Jeremy Rogers of South Lafourche was the lone local athlete to take top meet honors. He was named boys field MVP after winning the javelin (165-08) and the discus (146-03).
Other local boys to win individual regional titles were Brock Bailleaux of South Lafourche (high jump at 6-02.00) and Samuel Avants (1,600 at 4:32.41 and 3,200 at 9:54.41).
“This is our first year in 4A and we accepted the challenge and I couldn’t be any more proud of the guys. We came out here and competed,” Avants said. “You can’t complain and we qualified a few guys for state. I felt great. I was 2 seconds from my PR in the mile and I PR’d by 5 seconds in the two-mile. I was a great night for me. It was great confidence going into state and I feel like I am in great shape.”
Local girls to win individual regional titles were Emery Prentice of Vandebilt (pole vault at 11-00.00), Traya Bruce of South Lafourche (javelin at 128-03), the Vandebilt 4x200 relay team (1:45.12), Molly Thompson of Vandebilt (300-meter hurdles at 44.90) and Abbey Marie Ratcliff of E.D. White (3,200 at 12:05.57).
“We won every meet this season leading up to this meet,” Thompson said. “We were second, but we did really well. We PR’d on a lot of our events. This has been an amazing season and a heck of a ride. This track team has really come a long way.”
“I am really proud of how many girls we have going to state,” Megan Blanchard, who runs relays for the Lady Terriers, said. “This is one of the most competitive regions in the state so I think we have seen some of the best competition. I am feeling really good about state, but I know we will have to work really hard at practice this week to make sure we get our exchanges down and we are running at our top pace.”
Rodney Johnson of Karr was the boys track MVP.
Taylor Harris of Karr was the girls track MVP and Katia Shostak of Lakeshore was the girls field MVP.
For complete individual results from Wednesday’s meet, visit www.bayoupreps.com.