The threat of rain was a constant Thursday evening at the Bat Gourrier Relays hosted by Broadmoor High. Scoring by the Catholic High boys and the Zachary girls were constants, as well.
Catholic won 16 of 18 events as it rolled up 218 1/2 points. Zachary, which led the girls competition for most of the evening, won six events, and edged Episcopal 150-144.
“There are still a few pieces of the puzzle we’ve got to put together, but tonight worked out well,” Catholic coach Pete Boudreaux said. “I can’t believe we even got the meet in. Whoever was in charge of the weather is living right.”
Episcopal’s boys tallied 113 points to place second behind Catholic. Zachary (79 1/2), Woodlawn (51) and Denham Springs (37) were the other challengers.
The Bears had four athletes produce two wins: Pierce Hill in the 1,600 meters (4 minutes, 25.71 seconds) and 800 (1:59.25), Sethan Hollier in the 100 (11.11 seconds) and 200 (22.18), Nigel Despinasse in the shot put (55 feet, 6¾ inches) and discus (147-5), and Jace Attuso in the long jump (22-4) and triple jump (44-0).
For Hollier, it was the first meet this season he has ran the 100 and 200. He also ran legs on the winning 400- and 800-meter relays. His 25-point total earned him honors as the boys’ outstanding track performer.
“We gave him a heavy load, and he handled it well,” Boudreaux said. “All in all it was a good night.”
Episcopal’s Jeremiah Mayes won the high jump (6-2). He finished second to Attuso in the long jump and triple jump, and scored 26 points as the top boys track performer.
Zachary’s Davis Hughes picked up the other first place not taken by Catholic with a winning time of 15.81 seconds in the 110 hurdles.
Heading into the 4x400-meter relay, Episcopal’s girls trailed Zachary by eight points. The Knights won the event (4:12.03), but it wasn’t enough to overtake Zachary, which was second in the event.
Zachary coach Chris Carrier said the Broncos are still tinkering with which events to place athletes in.
“We’ve got a long season left,” he said. “We’re trying to spread the kids around and establish some quality depth with the boys and the girls. With the holidays coming up, we don’t want to overwork anyone so we’re working in some young kids.”
One of those youngsters, freshman Kiara Bethley, was third in the 100, and ran legs on the Broncos 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
The Broncos are also working on depth in throws with Kristian Jackson, the indoor state shot put champion. Jackson won the shot put (40-10), was second in the javelin and fourth in the discus. Her 22 points tied her with Broadmoor’s Darnese Woods for top female field performer.
Woods won the discus (98-1), and added third-place finishes in the javelin and shot put.
The outstanding female track athlete was Denham Springs’ Amber Ferguson, who won the 3,200 (12:39.88). Ferguson also finished second in the 800 and 1,600 for 26 total points.
Other top track performers were Episcopal’s Madison Underwood and Zachary’s Dakota Williams, who each scored 201/2 points.
Underwood won the 300 hurdles (50.00), was second in the 100 hurdles, and ran the opening leg on Episcopal’s winning 1,600 relay. For Williams, she was first in the 200 (25.54), second in the 100, and ran the first leg of the winning 4x100 relay for Zachary.