Last Modified: Thursday, May 02, 2013 11:58 AM
Last year Southwest Louisiana took home a pair of state championships at the state high school track and field championships for Classes B and C, and will have a host of challengers to get on the podium this year.
The Bell City girls won the Class B, Region III meet last week and figures to be one of a number of challengers to the title.
New Bruins head coach T.J. Hoffpauir said he has not been crunching numbers to determine his teams’ chances.
“We are just going to do what we can do,” he said. “If they complete to the best of their ability, their is no doubt that there is a possibility that we can achieve (repeating as champions). The kids work hard.”
The Bruins had everyone they expected to qualify come through at the regional meet.
“No one came up short, there were no surprises,” Hoffpauir said. “It is going to be tough, there are a lot of good teams up north that are good in same events as us. It is going to come down to one or two events. It is going to be close, a good meet. Simsboro was good last, Anacoco is good, them and Fairview are always good.”
The Bell City boys are hoping for a top-three finish as well.
“We are strong in the field and our 2-miler, Tylair Poole, surprised me and won last week,” said head coach Jason Leonards. “If everything falls the way we hope, we could get a top-three finish.
“Anacoco looks real good, Madison Prep strong in the sprints, as is Centerville. We are going to have to really do well and compete at a high level.”
In Class C, Cameron Parish schools are projected to contend. The Hackberry boys have 10 entries as they attempt to defend their crown, while neighbor Johnson Bayou has 23 entries.
The Hackberry girls also have strength in numbers with 24 entries.
Ethan Poole (high jump, long jump, javelin), Lance Cormier (shot put, discus), Travis Thibeaux (pole vault, 1600), Lantz Monk (discus), Shawn Pritchett (110H, 300H), Trevor Lavergne (110H), Tylair Poole (3200).
Ryan Rasberry (pole vault), Casey Touchton (discus).
Dylan Augustine (javelin), 4x100, 4x200.
Chase Guillory (high jump), Nick Bourgeois (pole vault), Haden Cooley (pole vault), Anthony Broxton (triple jump, long jump, 110H, 300H), Josh Wykoff (triple jump), Joseph Pete (1600, 3200).
Reagan Zaunbrecher (high jump), Heidi Zaunbrecher (pole vault, long jump), Catherine Monk (pole vault), Sydney Williams (javelin), Lauren Guidry (100H, 300H), April Broussard (100, 200), 4x100, 4x200.
Katie Lemieux (pole vault, triple jump, 100H), Callie Maddox (triple jump), Malorie Marcantel (discus), Lauren Taylor (1600), Maghan Cooley (100, 200, 400), Natosha Morvant (300H), Lauren Horn (800), 4x200, 4x400.
Katelyn Vincent (discus), Sheridan Smith (triple jump), Dabri Monte (pole vault), Haley Hudson (javelin).
Jessica Breaux (long jump, javelin), Amber Watson (shot put), Hannah Miller (shot put, discus), Lidia Alcala (800).
Hayley Guidry (3200), Haley Cooley (400).
Hunter Sorrells (shot put, javelin), Samuel Ducote (javelin), Kory Kyle (triple jump, 3200), Robert Savant (discus), Seth Benoit (100), Joseph Thomas (200, 400), 4x200.
Richard Kiffe (long jump), Blake Badon (long jump, triple jump, 1600, 3200), Neal Miguez (pole vault, high jump, 1600), Derek Storm (pole vault), Bryan Laria (shot put), Cameron Hare (high jump, triple jump, 400), Garen Romero (400), Colton Jinks (discus), Brayden Romero (100), Blake Hebert (800), Ian Griffith (300H), Tristan Trahan (300H), Colton Jinks (200) 4x200, 4x100, 4x400.
Chandler Breaux (discus), 4x400.
Sydney Broussard (long jump, high jump, triple jump), Mattie Stine (shot put, javelin, discus), Kayleigh Labove (high jump, 400), Jolie Trahan (triple jump, 1600), Blair Trahan (pole vault), Reagan Darbonne (pole vault, 100H, 100), Skylar Jinks (100H, 300H), Jeanne Trahan (800), Karlie Stine (800), D.J. Simon (200, 400), Abbey Trahan (3200), 4x100, 4x200, 4x400.
Daria Jinks (shot put), Keylee Young (discus, 300H), Kortni Trahan (1600, 3200), Amy Theriot (100H), Riley Trahan (300H), Haleigh Jinks (200), 4x100.
Skylar Young (javelin), Carlee Cavenah (triple jump, long jump, 100), Devyn Spell (pole vault).