LAFAYETTE — Lafayette High kicked off its track and field season in style by capturing the boys and girls team titles Monday afternoon in the eight-team Ram Relays hosted by Acadiana High at Lafayette High.
On the girls side, Lafayette High scored 184 points. Comeaux finished in second place with 78 points, followed by New Iberia (68), Carencro (61), Acadiana (53), Beau Chene (51), Academy of the Sacred Heart (24) and David Thibodaux (4).
Lafayette High coach Ron Baillargeon was not surprised by the victory, but the large margin did catch the veteran coach slightly off guard. The Lions were missing the services of six varsity runners, making Baillargeon proud of his younger runners.
“They all came out and competed, and that’s what you want to see” Baillargeon said of his younger competitors.
The boys competition was closer, but Lafayette still managed to win the team title by 23 points.
The Lions scored 127 points, with Carenco High finishing in second place with 104 points. New Iberia (95.5) took home third place, followed by Beau Chene (55.5), Acadiana (60), St. Thomas More (50), Comeaux (45) and David Thibodaux (4).
Lions coach Ryan Frederick was very pleased with his team’s performance in the field events.
“Our discus throwers threw well,” he said. “Hunter Merry set a personal record by throwing 150 and Chance Anderson threw 144, so we were excited about that. The field events are where we separated ourselves.”
Other highlights from the event included Lafayette’s Armand Duplantis, who went 16 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault, five feet higher than the second-place finisher.
Top individual performers in the girls track events included Lafayette’s Amia Anthony, who won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Anthony finished the 100 meters win 12.39 seconds and the 200 in 25.61 seconds.
Carencro’s Amber Campbell took home the 400-meter crown in 58.18 seconds, besting the competition by over two seconds.
In the 3,200-meter run, Lafayette’s Angelle Primeaux won in 11:33.
Carencro won the 4x200-meter run (51.25) and also claimed the 4x400 title (4:16).
Acadiana’s Jayrin Wilson captured the boys 100 (10.87 seconds) and 200-meter titles, finishing the 200 in 22.11 seconds.
Treylon Barnaba of Carencro won the 400-meter dash in 52.29 seconds, while Carencro’s Key Alfred finished the 3,200 in 10:38, outpacing second-place finisher Austin Daigle of St. Thomas More by 39 seconds.
Carencro’s boys won the 4x200 relay in 1:30.07 and the 4x400 relay in 3:36.14.
Acadiana won the 4x100 relay, finishing the race in 43.09 seconds.