St. Amant boys and girls each earn track wins

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
Three-sport star Toni Rodriguez won the high-jump event for the Lady Gators. Photo by Dewey Keller.

There's no place like home. That was St. Amant's motto last Friday as both the boys and girl's track teams earned No. 1 finishes in the St. Amant Invitational.

The boys had a back-and-forth tussle with East Ascension for the top spot but ended up squeezing by with a 161-152 win. Port Allen, St. James and St. Michael rounded out the top five.

On the track, St. Amant won the 4 x 400 relay with East Ascension finishing right behind in second.

The Spartans made up ground in the 3,200 as Kaleb Shelton won with a time of 10 minutes and 44.11 seconds, and Riley Blanchard finished second.

They kept the momentum going with Kerwin Lane winning the 200 with a time of 22.47 and Tyler Briley coming in at third.

East Ascension won both the 4 x 200 and 4 x 100 relays, and the Spartans' Shelton and Ryne Ledet finished No. 1 and 2 in the 1,600.

They also claimed the top two spots in the 100 with football standout Sione Palelei winning with a time of 11.32, and Lane followed right behind.

The Gators were finally able to make up some ground starting in the 300. Jackson Hendrix and Alex Derouselle finished second and third in the event.

And in the 400, Steven Pirvu was able to edge out East Ascension's Tyler Green with a time of 50.2 to get the win, and St. Amant's Nathan Martinez rounded out the top three.

It's in the field where the Gators were able to get the final push to take first-place honors.

For the pole vault, St. Amant's Brennan Maggio and Chase Bates finished second and third.

Another football standout in Jamal Vaughn won the long-jump for the Gators with a jump of 22 feet and 3.25 inches while his teammate Hampton Marquise finished second.

Bailey Richards finished second in the javelin throw, and Dylan Stephens collected the win for St. Amant in the discus throw with a throw of 134 feet and two inches.

It was a narrow win for the Gators, but things came much easier for the St. Amant girls. They won with ease--cruising past Lutcher 162-89. St. Michael, Port Allen and East Ascension rounded out the top five.

The Lady Spartans got an early win at the track with Tayla Grieff winning the 1,600 with a time of five minutes and 55 seconds.

St. Amant bounced back in the 100 hurdles with Destiny Bourgeois getting the win at 17.18, and Erin Cain gave the Lady Gators a win in the 800 with a time of two minutes and 40.38 seconds. East Ascension's Bailey Moss and Rashine Taylor finished second and third.

The Lady Spartans' basketball star Jerrica Williams finished second in the 400 with St. Amant's Kearra Moton and Alexis Brown finishing third and fourth.

The Lady Gators finished up the track events with a win in the 4 x 400 relay with East Ascension finishing second.

But like all season long, the field is where St. Amant dominated and pulled away with it for the easy meet win.

Faith Bourgeois won the discus throw with a measurement of 100 feet and seven inches, and three-sport star Toni Rodriguez and Brooke Trabeau finished second and third respectively in the javelin throw.

Destiny Bourgeois went from the track to the field to win the long-jump with a jump of 17 feet and 5.25 inches and the triple-jump with a jump of 36 feet and 7.5 inches.

In the high-jump, Rodriguez took top honors with a measurement of five feet and two inches while teammate Shayli Schultz wasn't far behind with a jump of five feet even.