SJHS shines at early Parish Track Meet

Tryve Brackin

St. John High shined at the unusually early annual Parish Track Meet held two weeks ago at White Castle High.

The Eagle boys won their portion of the meet topping Plaquemine High 75 points to 63. White Castle was third with 55, while East Iberville had 37. Meanwhile, the SJHS girls captured their portion of the parish meet with an 82-point total. PHS placed second with 77 points. WCHS closed with 20 points, while EIHS had 19.

It was the first time St. John’s boys had won a meet since spring of 2007 and the first time in several years the Lady Eagles captured a meet title.

Plaquemine’s boys-girls left the meet before it finished due to an off-the-field incident involving a non-student, young adult and a trio of PHS boy tricksters.


Eagle senior Kade Yarbrough led the SJHS boys with victories in the discus and the javelin. He had a throw of 184-0 in the javelin and a heave of 143-7 in the discus. Chris Bordelon gave St. John a one-two punch in the discus with a second place toss of 117-8.

On the track, SJHS won the 4 X 400-meter relay. Ben Poirrier scored key Eagle points on the track and in the field. He was second in the 300-meter hurdles and second in the high jump. Quinton Alexander was second in the 110-meter hurdles, while Hayden Hemenway was second in the 800-meter run.

Deandre Philson turned in an impressive first-time leap of 20-8 to win the long jump to help lead the way for Plaquemine High.

Caleb Jefferson won the shot put event with a toss of 41-5, while Nick Brown took the high jump with a leap of 5-4. Shawn Edwards captured the 3200-meter run with a time of 15:46, while Geroid Anderson took the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.9 seconds.

PHS won the 4 X 200-meter relay (1:34.6) and was second in the 4 X 100-meter relay. Myron Jack had a strong second-place finish in the triple jump.

White Castle was led on the track by sprinter Tyree Bracken. He won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11-flat and he anchored the WCHS 4 X 100-meter relay to a time of 44.3 seconds.

Jonathan Roberts led the way in the field with a winning triple jump of 40 feet and second-place finishes in the javelin with a toss of 178-6 and a 19-11 leap in the long jump.

Tyree Lang won the pole vault with a jump of 9 feet and was second in the 400-meter dash, while Steven Jackson claimed the 200-meter dash with a clocking of 23-flat.

East Iberville High standout Bentrell McGee, who recently won the LHSAA Indoor Meet championship in the hurdles, claimed both the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles with times of 14.8 seconds and 41 seconds. He also placed second in the 100-meter dash (11.06) and the 200-meters (24.2).

McGee’s teammate Ephram Speed won the 1600-meters with a time of 5:15 and the 800-meters in a clocking of 2:09 to give the duo all of the Tiger points at the meet.


St. John won two field events and four field events to turn in a strong meet effort.

Gabbi Robert won both the 1600-meter run (6:02) and the 3200-meters (14:24) to lead the way for the Eagles.

Alana Blanchard took the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 20.2, while Francesca Louvierre won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 1:21.

SJHS also took the 4X 400-meter relay.

Kaycie Hudson won the javelin event with a toss of 108-6, while Kamryn Theriot gave the SJHS girls a second place in the event as well with a heave of 97-11. Keri Yarbrough took the discus with a throw of 83.8.

Megan Gremillion was second in the 800-meter run.

Plaquemine High registered a handful of first and second finishes in different events before exiting the meet before it had finished.

In the field Chandricka Casma and Brittany Arnold were first and second in the high jump with leaps of 4-4 and 4-2. Brianna Arnold and Amber Mitchell finished first and second in the triple jump with leaps of 29-9 and 28-6. And Melissa Battiste and Alicia Johnson were first and second in the long jump with efforts of 15-8 and 13-7.

Nicro Gillis and Andrenna Marshall were first and second in the 400-meter dash with times of 1:07 and 1:09.

PHS Lady Green Devil sprinters won the 4 X200-meter relay (53 seconds) and the 4 X 100-meter relay (1:56).

Brittany Arnold took the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.1, while Jameisha Williams took the 800-meter run with a clocking of 3:23.

And the duo of Ashley Smith and Janira Russ placed second and third, respectively, in the shot put with efforts of 28-feet and 26-1.

White Castle High was led by sprinter Shaniqua Johnson. She took the 200-meter dash in a clocking of 28.4 and was third in the 100-meters. Teammate Latisha Starks was second in the 100 and third in the 200.

Jalaycia Mills led the way for the East Iberville Lady Tigers with a victory in the shot put. She had a throw of 29-6.