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Lady Buc Ebony Lewis wins the girls discus at the St. Louis/Taussig Relays Friday afternoon at Barbe High School. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Lady Buc Ebony Lewis wins the girls discus at the St. Louis/Taussig Relays Friday afternoon at Barbe High School. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Barbe makes itself at home in St. Louis relays

Last Modified: Monday, March 31, 2014 11:09 AM

By Troy LaFleur / American Press

It wasn’t their track meet, but both the boys and girls of Barbe took care of business on their home turf Friday, sweeping both divisions at the annual St. Louis Taussig Relays.

The boys saw stiff competition from archrival Sulphur, beating the Tors 130-100 thanks to a strong showing in the field events. Sulphur got the best of the Bucs in the running events, but the early Barbe lead proved insurmountable.

“I think our kids always perform top-notch,” said Barbe head coach Eric LeBlanc. “Our leadership is great on this team, and we always compete.”

The girls had a much easier road to the winner’s circle with no other team finishing within 60 points of them.

Leading the way for the boys in the field events was senior Brennan Travis, who was awarded the Outstanding Field honor.

Travis started the meet off by dominating the discus, finishing first with a throw of 136 feet, 5 inches. He finished second in the shot put with a throw of 48-1012.

“Brennan always brings his ‘A’ game. This is his fourth week in a row to get the (Outstanding Field) award,” LeBlanc said. “He is excelling every week and he always brings it.”

Travis was topped in the shot put by Sulphur’s Cody Burel, who threw 49-112.

In the javelin, the Bucs took home second and third places with Jake Lee and Khoury Krause finishing with throws of 167 feet and 158-11, respectively. The winner was Washington-Marion’s Harold Johnson (167-4).

Rounding out Barbe’s domination of the field events were Cameron Kocik and Steven Jones in the high jump. Kocik won first place with a jump of 6-4, and Jones took second with a jump of 6-2.

“I tell my field athletes every week that they are going to be what wins the meet for us,” LeBlanc said. “They set the tone for the meet every week.”

The Bucs had one first-place finish in the running events with Trey Quinn taking home first in the 100 meters with a time of 11.2 seconds. They also took home three second-place finishes and seven third-place finishes.

Leading the way for Sulphur in its second-place effort was Julian Cornwell, who took first place in the 800- and 1,600-meter races and anchored the Tors’ first-place mile relay team.

For the Lady Bucs, a strong start in the field events was coupled with an even better performance on the track.

Jordyn Barrett took home Outstanding Field honor after finishing second place in the triple jump and third in both the high and long jumps.

First-place finishers in the field for Barbe were Ebony Lewis in the discus and Bailey Wilson in the long jump.

First-place finishers for the Lady Bucs on the track were Kellie Webb in the 1,600 meters, Haile Olmsted in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter relay team.

Taking home the Outstanding Track honor for the boys was LaGrange’s Markel Thomas, who set a meet record in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.36. He also won first place in the 110-meter hurdles and helped the 800-meter relay team take first place.

Winning the Outstanding Track honor for the girls was Hamilton Christian’s Symonne Texada, who took first place in the 100 and 200 meters while anchoring the Lady Warriors’ first-place 800-meter relay team.

Other notable performances included St. Louis pole vaulter Landon Dore taking first with a mark of 14-5, and LaGrange’s Martell Hawthorne winning the 200 meters with a time of 23 seconds.

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