New Iberia sweeps titles at CL meet


Assumption's Jasmine Knight won the 100-meter hurdles Friday at teh Nollie Arcement Relays in Mathews. (Photo by Michael Conti/Staff)


MATHEWS — The steady rain that fell during Friday’s Nollie Arcement Relays didn’t cool down the New Iberia boys and girls track and field teams.

New Iberia won both boys and girls team titles in impressive fashion at Friday’s meet hosted at Central Lafourche High School.

The Yellow Jackets totaled 104 team points, which was well ahead of second place Belle Chasse (79) and third-place H.L. Bourgeois (73).

The Lady Yellow Jackets finished with 90 points, beating out second-place Assumption (74). Thibodaux High and H.L. Bourgeois’ girls teams tied for third-place.

For Assumption’s girls team, it was another second-place finish, as they placed second at the Vandebilt Catholic Terrier Relays on Tuesday.

The Lady Mustangs got first-place finishes from Edrielle Barrow in the long jump (16 feet, 4 inches), Bailey Daigle in the pole vault (11-00) and Jasmine Knight in the 100-meter hurdles (15.22 seconds).

Assumption coach Chad Landry said the Lady Mustangs tried their best to catch up with New Iberia, but in the end, they just didn’t have enough.

“It seems like every week, we’ve been coming out second to somebody,”  Landry said. “New Iberia is really talented in the field. We’re just tired. We ran two meets this week at Vandebilt and now at Central Lafourche. We didn’t win it (Friday), but it’s coming together.”

Although Central Lafourche standout Abby Lazard missed the meet due to a foot injury, her teammate Kierranika Duncan held the reigns by being named the girls’ field MVP.

Duncan won the girls triple jump with a leap of 35-00 2/4, and she placed second in the long jump (16-01 2/4).

H.L. Bourgeois’ Vanessa Williams took home girls’ track MVP honors. She placed first in the 200-meter dash (25.35) and second in the 100-meter dash (12.52).

Williams was also a part of the Lady Braves’ girls relay teams that won the 400-meter relay (49.99) and the 1,600-meter relay (4:06.10).

On the boys side, the meet was the first time this season that South Lafourche didn’t finish first overall in the team standings. South Lafourche coach Joey Guidroz said the Tarpons were missing a few athletes due to injuries and the flu bug.

“We had our bumps and bruises coming in,” Guidroz said. “I’m not disappointed. We knew coming in here that we had half a team, and once we get all our guys back, hopefully we’ll make a run at it at the end. The main thing right now is getting everybody healthy and ready to win it when it really counts.”

The boys’ field MVP honors were split three ways between Robert Kennedy of Belle Chasse, Dewayne Reed of Thibodaux and Jemal Parharm of Higgins.

Reed took first-place honors in the long jump (24-feet) and the 200-meter dash (22.28), and he had a second-place finish in the triple jump (44-10).

H.L. Bourgeois’ DeQuincy Dunmiles was named boys track MVP, getting first place finish in the 300-meter hurdles (38.92) and placing second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.42).

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