Thunderstorms stopped long enough Friday for local athletes to compete in the Tiger Relays track and field meet at Thibodaux High School.
Vandebilt Catholic continued its supremacy of girls’ track and field with another team championship. They earned first place with 121 points; Thibodaux took second with 92 points, and New Iberia was third with 70 points, followed by Dominican (65.66), Terrebonne (62), Central Lafourche (58), Assumption (29), H.L Bourgeois (18), Ellender (14), South Terrebonne (12.33), Houma Christian (7), Covenant Christian (7) and South Lafourche (2).
"The girls are working hard. Everything is starting to come together as we get prepared for parish, district, regional and state," Vandebilt girls sprint coach Jerwaski Coleman said. "The main goal for our girls is to get each day at practice, each meet and give out your best effort."
On the boys’ side, New Iberia controlled the track events to claim the boys team title with 161 points. Thibodaux finished second with 125 points, and Terrebonne placed third with 60 points, followed by Vandebilt Catholic (52), Central Lafourche (44), H.L. Bourgeois (40), Ellender (24), South Lafourche (18), South Terrebonne (13), Houma Christian (11), Assumption (8) and Covenant Christian (1).
"I feel real good about how we performed on a muggy night. We had a lot of personal best," said New Iberia track coach Scott Trahan. "We’ve done pretty well as a team. We had a third, two second places, and this is our second first place finish."
The Lady Terriers got first place in five events: Emery Prentice in the pole vault; Brynn Kelso in the 800-meter and1600-meter runs; Ella Chesnut in the 3200-meter run, and the 4x800 meter relay.
Vandebilt’s victories at meets have seem to make them work harder in practice, according to Coleman
"We added Ally Parrot this week to our 4x400 team. She ran excellent," Coleman explained. "These girls are self-motivated. They understand what success feels like, and they’re feeding off that. They push each other at practice. What I like about them is they’re competitive and they don’t want the next person to work harder than them. It makes the team better."
Terrebonne’s Taylor Walls was named girls overall and field MVP with wins in the long jump, triple jump, 4x100 relay and 4x200 relay. Thibodaux’s Brenasia Hodges received the girls track MVP for wins the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes and running the 4x200 relay.
New Iberia won eight of the 18 boys events: 4x200- and 4x400-meter relays, Jayon Hall in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles; Londyn Roberts in the 400-meter dash; Markel Linzer in the 200-meter dash; Josh Mason in the triple jump and Bryce Williams in the high jump.
"Bryce has been a high points guys for us all season in the high jump and hurdles. He’s been undefeated in the 110 hurdles until (Friday night), and his teammate beat him," Trahan said. "Jaydon is coming off a hip injury. This was his first meet, so it’s refreshing to get him back."
Thibodaux’s Luke Sweatman was named boys and track MVP and outstanding performer among all athletes. He earned 30 points by placing first in the 800, 1600 and 3200-meter runs.
New Iberia’s Bryce Williams earned overall MVP with a first in the high jump and second in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Vandebilt’s Kenneth Franklin received boys field MVP with a second in the triple jump and third in the long jump.
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