PLAQUEMINE — The Plaquemine boys battled Lutcher throughout the District 6-4A track meet before winning the team title Wednesday evening at Green Devil Stadium.
It was a similar story for Plaquemine’s girls team. The PHS girls battled St. Michael the Archangel early in the meet before pulling away for their title.
All totaled, the Plaquemine boys finished with 127 points. Lutcher (75) and St. Michael (75) were next.
“We’ve got a lot of guys going to regionals. We’ve got a lot of guys coming back next year because there were only a few seniors,” PHS boys coach Ron Lejeune said.
“Our times and results were about what we expected.”
For the girls, Plaquemine had 137 points while second-place St. Michael tallied 102. Belaire was third with 65.
“We’re real young so the biggest thing is getting the kids to understand track is our foundation,” PHS girls coach Peter Villia said after the Green Devils won their fifth consecutive district title.
“We have to work hard to get better, and that’s what I want them to know. Focus, work hard and everything else will take care of itself.”
The top four qualifiers in each event advance to next Wednesday’s Region 2 meet at Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Plaquemine and St. Michael girls squads were nearly even through 10 events with the Green Devils holding a 76-71 lead. Plaquemine had four wins while St. Michael picked up three in the early events.
Plaquemine’s firsts came in the 4x200-meter relay, the shot put and the discus.
St. Michael had wins in the 1,600, the high jump and the pole vault.
The Warriors went 1-2 in the pole vault, where Alexis Pickney won (10-0), and also 1-2 in the 1600 behind Kaitlyn Doyle’s winning time of 6:13.09. In the high jump, Joy Onwuzuligbo’s leap of 4-10 took first.
Plaquemine’s team of Tylar Kelley, De’Juan Williams, Tylar Williams and Aldrianna Dupree won the 4x200 at 1:47.14. The Green Devils finished 1-2 in the discus, with Asia Nelson posting the winning throw (94-1), and the triple jump led by Taejah Watkins winning jump (34-51/2).
The Green Devils also got a win from Tatyanna Jones in the shot put (34-5½).
The Plaquemine girls pulled away as they picked up individual wins by Dupree in the 100 (12.31 seconds) and the 400 (1:00.83). Sandwiched between those wins, Rachel Ellis won the 800 (2:48.44).
Ellis, one of only two seniors for Plaquemine, was pushed by seventh-grader Jermireya Jordan, who was second at 2:49.77.
Dupree, a ninth-grader, also won the 200 (25.69), and was named the girls outstanding performer.
Nicholas Scott of Tara earned the boys outstanding honor after winning the 1600 (4:49.25), the 800 (2:05.55) and placing second in the 3200.
The Plaquemine boys and Lutcher stayed close in the field events as the Green Devils got two wins apiece from Kevin Dotson and Todd Harris. Dotson won the shot put (44-6) and discus (126-7). Harris was first in the high jump (6-4) and long jump (21-2).
Lutcher had wins from Thaddeus Watis in the javelin (139-7), and Jontre Kirklin in the triple jump (44-11½).
Plaquemine created some distance with a winning time of 1:30.08 in the 4x200 relay, 43.30 in the 4x100 relay, and a first from Saudi Williams in the 110 hurdles (16.15). Lutcher kept close as Tahrike Jones doubled up with wins in the 100 (10.99) and 400 (49.50).
Plaquemine picked up its final win from Damaria Wicks in the 300 hurdles (44.10), and Lutcher was never able to catch up to the Green Devils.