Lady Tigers, Tarpons win at Gator Relays

South Lafourche's Dominick Fillinich competes in the high jump at the Gator Relays at South Terrebonne Friday in Bourg. (Photo by Benjamin Oliver Hicks/Staff)

BOURG — It was a pretty good day for the Thibodaux High girls track and field team at the South Terrebonne Gator Relays on Friday.

The Lady Tigers dominated in both field and track events, winning first-place titles in eight of 18 events to take the girls' team title.

Thibodaux finished with 138 team points, which was followed by second-place Vandebilt Catholic (67) and third-place Xavier Prep (59).

The rest of the girls standings were H.L. Bourgeois (58), John Ehret (56), Ellender (43), Assumption (41), Hahnville (39), South Terrebonne (25), Terrebonne (17) and South Lafourche (15).

Thibodaux was led by field MVP Joycelyn Daggs, who won first in the girls' long jump (17 feet, 4 inches) and triple jumps (34-04).

Other first-place finishers for the Lady Tigers were Joya Tardieff in the 100-meter hurdles (15.82 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (47.89), Samasia Coleman in the shot put (32-06), Eris Stove in the high jump (5-02) and their 400-meter relay (50.90) and 800-meter relay (1:46.85) teams.

It was Thibodaux's third-straight girls team track title this season.

"In practice, we work hard to prepare for this," Daggs said. "We're motivated to win every meet and go on to win district, regionals and state. That's all we're looking forward to do. Every week, we want to get better and win."

South Lafourche's boys team captured the first-place trophy, finishing with 105 1/2 points. Ellender took second in the boys standings with 85 points, and Hahnville placed third with 82 1/2.

The rest of the boys standings were H.L. Bourgeois (75), Vandebilt (66), Thibodaux (58), Terrebonne (28 1/2), Jesuit (19), Assumption (19), South Terrebonne (13 1/2), St. James (7) and West St. John (2).

It was the Tarpons' third-straight team title at track meets this season, getting first-place finishes from Devin Blackwell in the 300-meter hurdles (39.39) and Treavon Evans in the long jump (44-09 1/2).

South Lafourche coach Joey Guidroz said the Tarpons compiled just enough points in all events to win the title.

"We're pretty much on a roll right now," Guidroz said. "The name of the game is keeping people healthy. We gave a couple kids off (Friday) because we got Parish Meet coming up Tuesday, so I hope we have a good showing there. I thought the kids that we put in (Friday) came out and competed. We were able to score enough points to take it."

Ellender's Brian Verdin won boys track MVP honors by placing first in the 200-meter dash (22.48) and 400-meter dash (50.46).

Verdin, a senior, also played an important role as the anchor leg on the 800-meter (1:29.68) and 1,600-meter (3:35.37) relay teams, helping the Patriots finish with first-place times in both events.

In the boys’ 800-meters, H.L. Bourgeois led for most of the race until Verdin stormed back on the last leg to win it for the Patriots.  

"I'm just doing the best of my ability to help my team," Verdin said. "I'm trying to keep getting better and give everything I got every week. We're not satisfied yet."

Terrebonne's George Jackson was named boys field MVP with a first-place finish in the high jump (6-06) and a sixth in the pole vault.

Xavier Prep's Shannon Ray took girls track MVP honors, getting first-place finishes in the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dashes. She also competed in relays for Xavier Prep.

Although she couldn’t top Ray for girls’ track MVP honors, Vandebilt’s Alexa Breaux won both distance races, placing first overall in the 1,600-meter run (5:46.73) and the 3,200-meter run (12:12.57).

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