PORT ALLEN — Brusly’s girls finished strong to win the 1,600-meter relay and in the process narrowly took first place in the Westside Relays on Friday at Port Allen High School.
Trailing host Port Allen 138-135 going into the final event, the Lady Panthers ran four minutes, 37.97 seconds (4:37.97) to finish first, while Catholic of Pointe Coupee and Port Allen followed as Brusly finished with a 145-144 team win.
“Awesome. I knew the girls had it in them,” Brusly coach Tommy Hilliard said. “Beating Port Allen at their home meet is awesome.
“I had the numbers figured out, and I knew we had to win by two places. We don’t practice the 4x400 very much, so the time we ran was surprising.”
Opelousas finished third with 95 points, and CHSPC was fourth with 53.
There was less drama in the boys competition.
Port Allen built an early lead and held on finish ahead of second-place Opelousas 150-123. Brusly finished in third place with 70 points.
It was a sparkling meet for the Pitre sisters of Opelousas, as 10th-grader Destiny Pitre was a four-event winner and sister Kayla Pitre finished first in the discus and fifth in the shot put.
Destiny Pitre went 33 feet, 3 inches in the triple jump to edge Breanna Lee of Port Allen by one inch, then long jumped 15 feet to best Gabby Guerin of Livonia by 1.75 inches.
Destiny Pitre’s margins in the hurdles were more decisive as she won both the 100- and 300-meter events and the sisters totaled 52 points for the Tigers.
“I knew I’d have competition, and my coach told me to just go until there was nothing left in me,” said Destiny Pitre, who said she considers the 300 hurdles and triple jump her best events. “I came here hoping I’d finish first in four events and set some records, but I didn’t (set a record). So I only got one of my goals.”
The girls sprints pitted west-side rivals Taylor Shaw of Brusly against Rhenell Lee of Port Allen, with Shaw claiming first in the 100 (12.54 seconds), the 200 (25.92) and 400 (1:01.58).
Shaw, another 10th-grader, also ran a leg on the Panthers’ winning 800-meter relay team.
“We expect that out of Taylor,” Hilliard said. “She’s one of the hardest workers on our team, and she wants to be the best. I’m not surprised she finished first in every event she was in.”
Opelousas’ Ke’Andre Jones of was the boys outstanding field performer after he won the javelin (152-7) and the triple jump (40-10). His teammate Collins Roberts finished first in the 200, second in the 800 and fourth in the 100 to garner outstanding track honors.
Marcus Keyes of Port Allen won the shot put with a toss of 49-10, finished second in the discus and sixth in the javelin on his way to being named outstanding overall performer.
Tenoa Alex of Redemptorist won the 300 hurdles in a time of 41.64. Grover Harrison of Port Allen came from behind in the final 100 meters to run down Roberts Collins to win the 800 run with a time of 2:12.
In the closest race of the night, Derrick Wells of Livonia leaned past Darren Evans of Glen Oaks at the finish line to give the Wildcats a win in the 400 relay.
Destiny Pitre was the girls outstanding performer, Shaw the outstanding track athlete, and Rhea Lee of Port Allen the outstanding field performer on the strength of her first-place finish in the high jump, fourth in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump.