Barbe boys, St. Louis girls track teams win again

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

MOSS BLUFF — After their girls teams shared the team prize last week, Barbe and St. Louis each claimed a team title of their

own at the Bronco Relays on Tuesday, with the Bucs winning the boys team title and St. Louis taking the girls prize.

The Bucs held off Sulphur in the boys meet and finished second to the Saints in the girls meet.

The Barbe boys used depth to claim the title. John Lemke gave the Bucs their lone field event win in the triple jump with

a best of 41 feet, 3 inches. The Bucs added two second- and third-place finishes in the field.

On the track the Bucs again won once — Trey Quinn in the 100-meter dash — but padded their point total with four seconds and

three thirds. They won the meet with 126 points. Sulphur scored 112, dominating the track with six wins, including two by

hurdler Devon Young and a pair of relay wins. Gary Blanchard won the 200 and Ethan Rapp the 400.

“We have to perform well in the field to be able to win a meet,” said Barbe coach Eric LeBlanc. “Our seniors are stepping

up, all of our kids are stepping up. We have a good young team, a group of guys that love track and field.

“In the field, Brennan Travis did a good job in the shot put and discus — every event we scored in. Just about both of our

entrants scored in every event. That puts us in good position on the track.”

LeBlanc said winning meets is key for his young squad.

“Everybody today ran better, threw

better, jumped better. Everyone is progressing every single week,” he

said. “If we are

winning meets, that means we are performing well. It is fun

winning meets, it keeps the kids motivated, keeps their spirits

high. Every other school is getting better and so are we. We have

to keep doing that.”

In the girls meet St. Louis outscored

Barbe 136-116. Rhea Thompson won the shot put and discus to give the

Saints a good start.

On the track, the Saints won two of the three relays and got wins

from Brianna Soram (100), Hannah Jackson (200), Sarah Booth

(800 and 3,200) and Shondalyn Jasmine (300 hurdles).

Courtney Jicks won the long and triple jumps for Barbe, which got a win from Peyton Montgomery in the javelin.