PORT ALLEN —The boys 4x400 meter relay race that capped off the cool and windy Westside Relays at Port Allen on Friday was indicative of the way the team scoring went for the meet.
Northeast pushed the host Pelicans and kept it close the first half of the race, but couldn’t quite keep up and Port Allen won by a comfortable margin.
The team scoring went the same way, with the Vikings coming up with some stellar performances but unable to match the depth of Port Allen, which won the meet with 1691/2 points to 130.33 for Northeast. East Feliciana was third with 85 points, and Catholic-Pointe Coupee finished in fourth place ahead of Brusly 69-55.
The Port Allen girls rolled up 170 points to take first place ahead of CHSPC (111 points) and Brusly (97).
“Anytime you come to Port Allen you’re going to end up chasing them,” Northeast coach Darren Taylor said. “They’re one of the elite programs in the state, and any time you’re close to them you’ve done pretty good.”
Strong showings in the field events got both Port Allen teams off to solid starts. The girls finished 1-2 in the shot put and javelin and 1-3 in the discus with five girls earning places. Ashley Honore was named outstanding field performer for a first place in the shot put and third in the discus.
Casper Williams of Port Allen was the outstanding boys field performer with first places in the shot put (41 feet, 101/2 inches) and discus (145-1).
Although neither was a personal best for Williams, he said he feels good going into next week’s district meet at West Feliciana.
“We haven’t talked too much about it, but I think if we put it together we’re going to win,” he said.
Tara sophomore Nicholas Scott scored a grueling triple in the distance races to score 30 of his team’s 38 points and take home the boys most outstanding overall performer award. He won the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 6.08 seconds, the 1,600 in 4:58.57 and the 3,200 in 11:01.44.
“I don’t have many teammates, but the ones I do have really push me on Mondays (in practice),” Scott said. “There really wasn’t anyone to push me today, and the wind was kind of tough when it was blowing into you on the backstretch.”
Cameron Battley’s second place in the 300 hurdles and first in the 110 hurdles scored 18 points for the Pelicans and earned him the boys outstanding track award.
Port Allen hurdler Lakeisha Wheeler was the outstanding girls track performer, and Brusly’s Taylor Shaw was the outstanding overall performer with wins in the triple jump, and 100 and 200.
Shaw didn’t let the cool and windy conditions affect her performance.
“It kind of felt good,” she said. “I’ve learned to work with whatever weather that I have. You still just have to execute.
“The 200 was my best race today. I felt really strong coming off the curve.”