Bulldogs romp to 8-1A track crown
White Castle High’s Bulldogs romped to the District 8-1A track title Tuesday of last week by rolling up 152 points.
By doing so, the Castlemen sent participants in 14 of the 18 events that were held this Tuesday (after article deadline) at the 1-A regional meet held at West St. John High. Qualifiers (top three finishers) at the regional were to advance to the State Track Meet next Friday (May 6) at LSU.
The top four finishers at the district meet advanced to this week’s regionals. Ascension CHS surprised with a second-place finish at the 8-1 meet. The Donaldsonville Bulldogs closed with 128 points, topping St. John High for runner-up honors. SJHS was a strong third place with 96 points. Meanwhile, hosting West St. John was fourth with 80 points, a drop from recent seasons. East Iberville High placed ahead of Christian Life and Ascension Christian.
For complete statistical results on the boys’ meet see listing in this section.
The Bulldogs’ junior standout Tyree Bracken won both the 100 and 200 dashes, while the WCHS relay teams swept the field to lead the way on the track. In the field, the trio of Leo Jones, Jonathan Roberts, and Ryan Johnson claimed victories.
Bracken ran an 11.3 to win the 100 meters and then stepped off a 23.2 to capture the 200 meters.
Bracken joined with Tyrie Lang, Shelvy Jackson, and Shaquille Armstead to win the 4 X 200 relay in a time of 1:32.4. Bracken, Terrance Taylor, Lang, and Armstead won the 4 X 100 relay in a clocking of 43.3.
Daniel Allen, Robert Franklin, Lang, and Taylor joined together to win the 4 X 400-meter baton event with a time of 3:43.
Jones won the shot put with a throw of 48-9, while Roberts captured the javelin with a throw of 168 feet. Newcomer Johnson took the triple jump with a 42-2 effort.
Jackson qualified for regionals in the 400-meter dash with a second-place time of 54.5, while Allen qualified with a third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:10.
Roberts claimed second in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.2, while teammate Jones qualified with a fourth place time of 16.7.
Jones qualified for his third regional event with a fourth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 123 feet.
Taylor added to his relay work with a second place in the high jump on a leap of 6-2.
Roberts continued to put on an amazing performance as he qualified for regionals in two more events, giving him a 8-1A best of four. The senior Bulldog added a second in the long jump (20-8) and a second in the triple jump (41-2) to his victory in the javelin and second place in the hurdles.
Johnson added a third place in the long jump (19-9) to advance to regionals in two pit events.
The Eagles claimed third at district behind first place field event finishes by the trio of Kade Yarbrough, Connor Case, and Corey Kimble.
Yarbrough won the discus event to return to the regionals for a fourth-straight year, tossing the disk 157 feet. Case took the long jump with a leap of 21-3 to win his first 8-1A title, while Kimble captured his first district crown with a pole vault effort of 10 feet.
Case also qualified in the high jump (6 feet), while Michael Naquin was third in the pole vault with an 8-6 effort. Dakota Richard was fourth in the javelin with a throw of 139-2. Hunter Schnebelen and Ben Poirrier tallied key points with third and fourth place finishes in the triple jump. Schnebelen went 40-5 and Poirrier 37-11. All garnered regional participation this week.
The SJHS 4 X 100 relay unit (Case, Colby Landry, Jared Naquin, and Trevor Curry) was fourth with a 49.2. Schnebelen and Piorrier joined with Case and Curry to run a fourth-place 1:39 in the 4 X 200 relay.
The best Eagle relay effort, however, was in the 4 X 400, where the baton crew of Naquin, Landry, Poirrier, and Kimble ran a second place time of 3:47.
The Tigers’ effort at district was led by state hurdle champ Bentrell McGee. He won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.9 and the 300-meter low hurdles in a time of 39.8.
McGee also qualified for regionals in the 200 meters with a fourth-place time of 23.9 and in the 100 meters with a fourth-place 11.5.
Senior Empra Speed qualified for regionals for the third-straight year with second places in the 1600-meter run (5:04) and the 800-meter run (2:02).
And senior Greg Pickett qualified with fourth places in both the high jump (6 feet) and the long jump (19-6).