As Hahnville hosted the Don Raymond Relays last Friday, the Tigers put on a dominating team-wide performance that would have made the event’s namesake proud. Both the HHS boys and girls took first place overall in their respective groups at the event, with the team’s competitors combining for 19 first place wins and 33 top three finishes.
The Tigers scored 182 points on the girls side while the boys scored 146, outpacing St. Amant, which finished second among both boys and girls. Destrehan was third on the girls side and fourth among boys.
The event is named for the late Don Raymond, who was the first African-American athlete in the state to become a four-sport letterman and the first to integrate Hahnville. Raymond tragically died in a car accident at the age of 16.
First place winners among Hahnville girls were Alexis Williams (100 meter dash, 12.67 seconds and 400 meter dash, 1:00.17 seconds); Emily Blanchard (1600, 5:45.73 and 3200, 12:29.29); Ashlyn Jack (100 hurdles, 16.82 and 300 hurdles, 48.96); the 4×200 relay team (Ashlyn Jack, Alexis Williams, Yelah Moses and Marigny Clay, 1:45.75); the 4×400 relay team (Dandia Baham, Ashlyn Jack, Alexis Williams and Marigny Clay, 4:20.65); Jyia Joseph (high jump, 5-00); Talia Ward (pole vault, 8-06) and Jazmine Young (shot put, 33-08 and javelin, 114-06).
For Destrehan girls, first place winners included NiJai Smith (200, 26.81); the 4×100 relay team (Laisha Harris, Jala Richard, Cara Ursin and NiJai Smith, 50.55); Jala Richard (long jump, 16-02.50 and triple jump, 35-01.00).
For Hahnville boys, first place winners were Anthony Williams (100 yard dash, 10.84 second, 200 yard dash, 21.84 and high jump, 6-02.00); Hunter Batt (1600, 4:56.15); Johnathan Franklin (pole vault, 12-00); Michael Gray (long jump, 22.05) and Torin Borne (shot put, 44-11).
Destrehan’s Justin Jefferson took first place in the boys’ triple jump, 42-01.50.