HHS, DHS make strong showing at Don Raymond Relays

Shane Wright
Destrehan’s Shane Wright rears back to throw the javelin at last week’s Don Raymond Relays at Hahnville.

Host Hahnville took second place overall among both boys and girls at last Thursday’s annual Don Raymond Relays, while Destrehan took third place among boys and fifth among girls.

“We had great competition this year,” Hahnville track and field coach Chris Stroud said.

“We had a couple of new teams here that added to the mix in Woodlawn and Chalmette. Destrehan is here every year and they pushed us again. I thought, overall, we had a pretty good day.”

St. Amant swept the meet this year, taking the championship with 156 points on the girls side and 116 points on the boys side. The Hahnville boys scored 105 points, while the girls scored 114.

Among individual boys, Hahnville’s Michael Gray took first place in the 110 meter hurdles and the long jump, while teammates Anthony Williams and Eric Brown took first in the high jump and pole vault, respectively.

Destrehan’s Kristian Mosley won the 200, while the Wildcats’ 4×200 and 4×400 relay squads each earned first place honors.

On the girls side, Hahnville’s Emily Blanchard won both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, while Jazmine Young was another two event winner, taking the discus and javelin. Mahalie Martinez won the 800 and Hahnville’s 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams each took first place finishes.

For Destrehan, Jala Richard won the triple jump and Karianna Wilson took the high jump

Hahnville’s 4×100 relay team consisting of Eric Gilmore, Anthony Williams, Devonte Cravin and Michael Gray not only took first place, but Stroud believes the 4×100 relay team’s time of 42.78 was the fourth best time recorded in the state this year.

“I wasn’t surprised they won it, but they really stepped it up this time,” Stroud said.

Hahnville is scheduled to travel for one more regular season meet, the Tigers headed to St. Amant today.

Then both Hahnville and Destrehan head for Thibodaux for district championship competition next Thursday.

Besides the rival Wildcats, Stroud said there are a number of teams that pose a threat.

“Thibodaux is very strong,” Stroud said. “They’re very deep and they can really double up in most events. Terrebonne probably brings the best sprinters. It should be fun to watch.”


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