Green Devils win second-straight Cross Country district crown

Tryve Brackin
Senior Maquel Robinson led Plaquemine High’s Cross Country team to its second-straight District 9-3A championship last Wednesday by finishing second overall in the annual meet.

Conditions were a mess, but the Plaquemine High Green Devil Cross Country team conquered District 9-3A rivals Lutcher and St. Charles for the second year in a row for the league crown last week at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge.

“It rained throughout the three-mile run and it was muddy and slippery, just horrible running conditions, but our competitors came through again. We won it for the second year in a row and I am quite proud of the boys’ efforts,” commented Coach Denny Wright.

The vast majority of the PHS boys’ Cross Country team is made up of future Green Devil basketball players. A day after they ran in the district meet several team members were on the hardwood beating parish rival White Castle High in the annual Iberville Parish Basketball Jamboree. “I think that is significant as far as an example of competitiveness we have in our basketball group,” noted Wright.

The Green Devils claimed the district title with a low-point total of 27. Lutcher High was a distant second with 44 points, while St. Charles finished with 56 points.

A Lutcher Bulldog won the individual Cross Country event, but PHS standout Maquel Robinson was only 10-15-seconds behind for a strong second-place individual finish. Robinson had a time of 18:53. It was the second consecutive year Robinson paced the PHS team effort with the top individual showing.

Senior Bradford Stewart was next in line with a fourth-place clocking of 19:44, while Adonis Major was fifth with a 19:53 time. Demario Camper and Jeff Ricard contributed key reduction of points. Camper had a seventh-place finishing time of 21 minutes, while Jeff Ricard closed in ninth place with a clocking of 21:15.

“I certainly think we could have had an even better showing if we had DeAndre Stevens. He was sick and missed the meet. I was figuring him to finish somewhere between Maquel and Bradford,” added Coach Wright.