East Ascension boys shine at Class 5A, Region 2 meet

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
East Ascension's Sione Palelei won the 100 with a time of 11.22. Photo by Dewey Keller.

The East Ascension Spartans followed a second-place finish in the District 5-5A meet with another solid showing at No. 2 for the Class 5A, Region 2 meet last Thursday at Dutchtown.

The field was a who's who of track powers that featured the best the sport had to offer. In the end, Catholic reigned supreme like they have most of the year as they raced out in front with 155.5 points.

East Ascension finished second with 61 points, hosting Dutchtown finished fourth and St. Amant finished at No. 10.

The Spartans struggled from the field with only one third-place finish. That came from Devin Simoneaux in the shot put with a measurement of an even 52 feet.

It was on the track where East Ascension made their mark. They earned second-place finishes in both the 4 x 200 and 4x 100 relays.

Kerwin Lane, who was the Outstanding Track Performer at the district meet, won the 200 with a time of 22.3 and finished second in the 100. He lost out to teammate Sione Palelei--who finished with a time of 11.22.

Dutchtown got most of their points from the field as they cashed in two wins. David Elias set a stadium record with a measurement in the shot put of 55 feet and 11 inches. Teammate EJ Johnson won the discus with a throw of 158 feet and six inches.

Tyler Hughes was the closest Griffin to a win on the track as he finished second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.14.

Cade Keller led the way for St. Amant in the field as he finished second in the high-jump with a 6-foot-6 jump. And on the track, Steven Pirvu finished third in the 400 with a time of 49.29.

The parish's girl's teams didn't fair so well at the meet. St. Amant was the only school to crack the top 10 as they finished at No. 8. East Ascension fell back to No. 16, and Dutchtown finished just a spot better than dead-last.

Baton Rouge High ended up taking home the crown with 76 points while St. Joseph's was right behind with 59 points of their own.

The Lady Gators continued to be steady from the field as Toni Rodriguez won the javelin with a throw of 147 feet and four inches. She followed it up with a third-place finish in the high-jump.

Teammate Destiny Bourgeois also finished third for the triple-jump competition. Bourgeois then took to the track and gave St. Amant their best finish there as she ended up third in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.24.

The best result Dutchtown could muster for the meet was a third-place finish in the 4 x 100 relay.

As for East Ascension, their best finish was a win in the 400 by Ariane Williams--who also won the event at the district meet. Williams won last Thursday with a time of 56.86.