Patrick Taylor takes teams titles in second annual Tiger Relays

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The Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy (PFT) boys and girls track teams ambushed the competition Wednesday night at Hoss Memtsas stadium by handily winning both divisions.

The boys totaled 140 points to win, South Plaquemines was 2nd with 76 points, and Country Day’s 73 points was enough for third place. The Lady Tigers scored 185 points to Newmans 115.5 and West Jefferson’s 82.

PFT student-athletes also won three of the four outstanding meet participants. Senior Caleb Randall and 8th grader Amairi Ashford were the meet’s Outstanding Runners. Sophomore Jane Kovacs was the Outstanding Female Field Athlete. Douglas Heebe of Country Day won the Male Field Athlete of the meet.

The Lady Tigers field event performances created a commanding lead for the running event athletes to build upon.

Senior Jasmine McGowan won the Triple Jump and High Jump events. Janae Kovacs dominated the Javelin, Shot Put, and Discus events fresh off her Division IV 165 lb class LHSAA State Powerlifting Championship last weekend. Freshmen Chancie Wright earned 2nd place on the long jump.

The 4 x 200 meter relay of Gabbie Alphonse (freshmen), Wright, Davion Lemon (Sophomore) and Ashford started off the running events with a great win and new school record. This team combination returned to win the 4 x 100 meter relay later in the meet.

Ashford won the 100 and 200 meter sprints in meet records.

Freshmen Saige Christian won the 1600 and 800 meters while finishing second in the 3200. She also anchored the 2nd place mile relay team. Alphonse captured the 100 meter hurdle meet title.

Head Coach James Potter remarked, “Teams always make big improvements from meet 1 to meet 2. We can appreciate our improvements, but our Tigers are looking for more than improvement this year. Our first meet was rained out before Mardi Gras so we have a lot to work in before districts and regionals.”

Caleb Randall won the 100 and 200 meters and also anchored the placing sprint relays. Senior Madison Grey won the discus event and was second in the shot put. Senior Alex Gelpi continued his strong season by winning the Javelin.

Class of 2020 distance runner Alex Fryer won the 1600 meters while Senior Ryan Boudreaux was first in the 800. Freshmen Hadi Hammed won the 300 meter hurdles.

“On the boys side our senior leadership was big for us. Head Boys Coach Brad Womack states “Our older guys have been putting in a lot of work on the track and in the weight room and it’s starting to show. If we can build on this and keep making improvements as the season progresses we can put ourselves in a good spot at the end.”

Boys Totals:
PFT 140
South Plaquemine 76
Country Day 73
NOMMA 67
Newman 52
West Jefferson 37
Cohen College Prep 31
Ridgewood 27
McDonough 35 13
Kenner Discovery 12

Girls Totals:
PFT 185
Newman 115.5
West Jefferson 82
South Plaquemine 36
Country Day 31
Cohen College Prep 30
NOMMA 20
Kenner Discovery 15.5
McDonogh 35 10
Ridgewood 6

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