Brusly’s rise to power in girls track continued Saturday afternoon at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA outdoor track track and field championships.
Needing just one point in the 4x400-meter relay, the Lady Panthers got four, clinching the first outdoor state championship in school history.
Brusly, which also won the state indoor meet, finished with 60 points. West Feliciana, which didn’t have an entry in the 4x400, was second with 56 points. Glen Oaks (48) was third after winning the 4x400 in 4 minutes, 4.02 seconds.
“I’m elated. There aren‘t many schools that win indoor and outdoor championships in the same year,” Brusly coach Trent Ellis said. “We don’t have many seniors, so we’re hoping we can come back and do this again next year.”
The West Feliciana boys got an early boost in the field and went on to score 80 points, cruising to the Class 3A title. Wossman (40), Berwick (34) and Port Allen (32) were left to battle for second.
The Brusly girls picked up a win in the 4x200 relay, setting the Class 3A record at 1:40.86. They also rolled up points with two top-three finishers each in the 100-, 400- and 200-meter runs.
“Its exciting to set a record,” said Taylor Shaw, who ran the anchor leg of the 4x400 and won the 100 in 11.98 seconds. “My name will still be there after I’ve gone. It's like leaving a legacy.”
The West Feliciana boys picked up wins in the throwing events, both from Jacob Fudge. In the shot put, Fudge had a winning throw of 53 feet, 7 inches. He won the discus with a throw of 153-7.
“The guys really put out. We got more points than we expected,” West Feliciana coach Preston King said. “Jacob Fudge winning the shot put really set the tone for us. It was great.”
Following Fudge’s two wins, West Feliciana never trailed. The action shifted to the track, where the Saints added three more wins.
One came in the 4x200, when anchor leg Derek Turner caught Wossman’s Brandon Hollins at the finish line. Turner nosed ahead to win by one-hundredth of a second at 1:27.58.
“I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. I just knew I had to go catch (Hollins),” Turner said. “I had faith we were going to win the race from the start.”
Darius Davis ran the second leg of the 4x200 and also picked up wins in the 400 (47.08) and the 200 (21.41).
In Class 4A, Plaquemine’s Aldrianna Dupree was a double winner, taking firsts in the girls 100 (11.77) and the 200 (24.41). St. Michael’s Luke Hebert won the boys 800 (1:54.99), holding off Tara’s Nic Scott in the final stretch.
The Edna Karr girls and Cecilia boys won the team state championships in Class 4A.