Parish squads have strong finishes at district meet

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports

At the District 5-5A track meet at Catholic last Thursday, the Bears proved again to be the gold-standard as they won their 13th straight district title. St. Joseph's held up their end of the bargain on the girl's side as they claimed their sixth straight championship.

But even though no Ascension schools were able to topple the 5-5A giants, they still put up solid performances that placed them near the top of the heap.

In the boy's division, Catholic absolutely dominated with 220 total points. East Ascension was a surprising finish at second--edging out Dutchtown 89-82. St. Amant finished in fourth.

From the field, East Ascension's St. Taurus Fowler was able to claim the only win for the parish. He took first place in the high-jump with a jump of six feet and four inches. His teammate Nick Brown finished third.

For Dutchtown, David Elias finished second in the shot put with a measurement of 54 feet and six inches.

Teammate Brady Bergeron also finished second as he pole-vaulted 13 feet and six inches.

Chris Collins had another second-place finish for the Griffins in the triple-jump with a measurement of 42 feet and 10 inches, and Joshua Marcell finished third in the javelin throw.

For St. Amant, the field events were highlighted by Marquise Hampton as he finished second in the long-jump and Gabe Richards--who finished third in the triple-jump.

At the track, Kerwin Lane got East Ascension's lone win as he brought home first in the 200 with a time of 21.63 seconds. Lane was also named the Outstanding Track Performer of the meet.

Lane went on to finish second in the 100 with teammate Sione Palelei right behind in third. Tyler Green had another third-place finish for the Spartans in the 400.

East Ascension also did very well in the relays as they finished with second-place finishes in both the 4 x 200 and 4 x 100.

As for Dutchtown, Corey McBride cashed in yet another first-place finish in the 100 with a time of 10.67. It was the Griffins' only win of the meet.

Chris Miles finished second in the 3,200 with a time of 10 minutes and 17.93 seconds, and Tyler Hughes had third-place finishes in both the 110 and 300 hurdles.

Steven Pirvu led the way for St. Amant as he earned a second-place finish in the 400 with a time of 50.1 seconds. The Gators also finished second in the 4 x 400 relay.

On the girl's side, St. Joseph's was able to win going away with a score of 215. Baton Rouge High finished second with St. Amant coming in third, Dutchtown in fourth and East Ascension claimed their spot at sixth.

Like they've done all year, the Lady Gators made their presence felt from the field.

Toni Rodriguez led the charge as she won both the high-jump and the javelin throw. Her performance led her to being named the meet's Outstanding Field Performer.

Along with Rodriguez, Destiny Bourgeois claimed another win for St. Amant as she won the triple-jump with a jump of 36 feet and 1.5 inches. Bourgeois also finished second in the long-jump.

A Lady Gator third-place finish came from Rebekah Whitney in the pole vault and Alli Duplechein in the shot put. Duplechein also finished fourth in the discus.

The best finish Dutchtown or East Ascension was able to muster from the field was a fourth-place finish by the Lady Griffins' Jordan Logarbo in the high-jump.

From the track, St. Amant didn't have as much luck. The best they could do were fourth-place finishes in the 4 x 100 relay, 100 hurdles (Bourgeois) and 400 (Kearra Moton).

Dutchtown did much better--most notably in the relay events. They won the 4 x 200 relay, finished second in the 4 x 100 and finished third in the 4 x 400.

East Ascension claimed their only win of the meet on the strength of Ariane Williams--who won the 400 with a time of 57.49 seconds. Her teammate Kayla Thompson finished in second.

Tyla Grieff earned two third-place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200.