South Lafourche boys, Thibodaux girls keep on winning


South Lafourche's Devin Blackwell (left) won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles at Wednesday's Nollie Arcement Relays. (Photo by Addie Gibbons/Correspondent)


MATHEWS — In a result that keeps repeating itself this track season, South Lafourche's boys and Thibodaux's girls took home the big trophies at the Nollie Arcement Relays on Wednesday at Central Lafourche High School.

South Lafourche's Devin Blackwell and Zaron Jenkins shared the boys track MVP award with 22.5 points each. Franklin's Cedric Paul took the field award with 26 points.

Girl track MVP was taken by DhCreeion Glapion of Higgins with 26 points. The girls field award was a three-way tie with Eris Stove of Thibodaux, Xylynn Garnett of E.D. White Catholic and Franklin's Angelica Blanks each earning 20 points.

The Lady Tigers had a typically easy time of it, beating second place E.D. White Catholic by a score of 138 to 87. New Iberia was third with 70 points.

The Tarpons faced stiffer competition than they've been used to. South Lafourche outdueled New Iberia by a score of 115.5 to 102. Third-place Franklin was not far off the pace with 91.

"I've been looking at results from meets out west, and I knew (New Iberia) would be right on our tails," South Lafourche coach Joey Guidroz said. "So we were trying to find the right combinations to beat a team like New Iberia. We had it (Wednesday night), and hopefully we'll do the same thing the next couple of weeks."

South Lafourche won eight of 18 total events, and finished second in two more. Blackwell dominated the hurdles, winning both the 110 and 300 meters. Jenkins won the 200-meter dash, and was just edged out by Thibodaux's Shyeen Thompson in the 100-meter dash.

The Lady Tigers finished first in nine events. Joya Tardieff won both the 100 -and 300-meter hurdles, setting a new meet record of 15.27 seconds. Tardieff finished second last year to the previous record holder, Assumption's Jasmine Knight.

Thibodaux's girls swept all three relay races, and Chelise Brown took first in the 100- meter dash. Stove won both the high jump and triple jump, while Miantte Guidry took the long jump.

In perhaps the most outstanding individual effort of the meet, New Iberia's Mariah Davis won the discus with a throw of 108 feet, 9 inches, more than 22 feet better than second place Samasia Coleman of Thibodaux.

"Once again we had a very good night," Thibodaux coach Doug Haydel said. "We set the pace in the field events. We had 60 points. Then the girls came on and took care of business on the track."

Franklin's girls finished fourth, followed by Vandebilt Catholic, Higgins, South Terrebonne, Central Lafourche, Assumption, Thomas Jefferson, South Lafourche and Covenant Christian.

Thibodaux's boys were the fourth-place finishers, trailed by E.D. White, Vandebilt, South Terrebonne, Assumption, Higgins, Thomas Jefferson, and Central Lafourche.

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