It seems as if the Pickering Red Devils may be primed to defend their district championship next week.

It seems as if the Pickering Red Devils may be primed to defend their district championship next week. Pickering jumped out to a big lead in the field and held off all challengers during the running events as the Red Devils won the boys' team title at the annual Red Devil Relays on Friday at Pickering High School. Guided by the efforts of junior Andre Porter, the outstanding male performer at the meet, Pickering was able to rack up 120 points in the meet, easily outdistancing East Beauregard, Vinton and Anacoco, all schools housed in the district with the Red Devils. East Beauregard finished with 90 points, while Vinton and Anacoco were third and fourth with 80 and 71 points, respectively. Many was fifth with 69 points. Porter was dominant once again, garnering 40 of the Red Devils' points en route to winning all four of the events he competed in. It was Porter who got things going for the Red Devils in the field as he won the long jump with a distance of 20-9.75, winning by more than two feet of Many's C.J. Sweet. In the triple jump, Porter won by almost four feet, posting a distance of 42-2.5, while the nearest competition came from Mike Pickett, who was second at 38-5.25. Pickett also proved to be Porter's competition in the high jump, where Porter was the lone athlete to clear six feet. Pickett was second with a height of 5-6, the same height registered by third place finisher C.J. Koch of Anacoco. Porter, in his only race on the track, captured first place in the 400-meter dash, clocking in with a time of 52.92 seconds, with Corey Townsley of East Beauregard second at 54.14 seconds and Pickering's Andrew Marsalise third at 55.24. Pickering got two first-place showings from hurdler Derek Telin, who swept the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. In the 110 hurdles, Telin clocked in with a time of 17.54, just edging out Vinton's Pickett. The 300 hurdles saw Telin post a time of 44.18 seconds, winning by nearly two seconds over Many's Lorenzo Charles, while Anacoco's Koch was third. Pickering also got a first-place finish by Marsalise in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.79 seconds, while Zachary Roberts took first place in the javelin with a throw of just over 156 feet. Anacoco's Justin Dowden won the pole vault with a height of 10 feet even, while Converse senior Robert Carrier, who used to compete at Pitkin, won the 800-meter run, the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run. The girls' meet wasn't the runaway the boys' competition was as Merryville edged out Anacoco and East Beauregard for the team championship. Merryville posted 120 points to win the meet, while Anacoco and East Beauregard were neck and neck at 111 and 110 points, respectively. Pickering was fourth at 75 points, while Hicks was a distant fifth at 35 points. The Lady Panthers got a solid contribution in the event from junior standout Rayne Cournoyer, who was the outstanding female performer of the meet. Cournoyer won three events on the track, capturing first place in the 800-meter run, the 100-meter low hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. She also ran a leg of the 1,600-meter relay, where Merryville was third. While Merryville was busy coming away with a hard-fought team championship, District 4-2A foes Anacoco and East Beauregard were fighting tooth and nail for supremacy. The battle between the Lady Indians and Lady Trojans wasn't decided until the very last event, the 1,600-meter relay. In the field competition, Anacoco junior Amber Sharp beat East Beauregard's Carlee Reeves and Megan Fox in the javelin. Sharp's throw of 11-8 was good enough for first, while Fox recorded a throw of 104-6.5. Reeves was third at 91-6. Anacoco also managed to score points in the pole vault, high jump and triple jump, while East Beauregard placed in the shot put and discus thanks to Reeves. East Beauregard managed to gain the lead over Anacoco in the running events at one point as Alyson Simmons won both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, with teammate Jessica Gill third in both events. Taylor Trahan also gave EBHS points in the 400-meter dash, the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run, where Fox was the winner. However, Anacoco was never far out of reach as Megan Stanley got a win in the 400-meter dash, with Angela Ortiz coming out third. Ashleigh Sharp scored for the Lady Indians in the 200-meter dash, while Amber Sharp and Brittany Merchant posted points in the 800-meter run. Janae McCormack was second in both hurdle events, with Ceaira Crowe scoring as well. But where Anacoco held the advantage was in the relay races, where the Lady Indians won the 400-meter sprint relay, was second in the 800-relay and won first place in the mile relay. Entering the mile relay, the Lady Trojans held a one-point lead over Anacoco and needed to finish ahead of the Lady Indians to hold on for second. However, the quartet of McCormack, Amber Sharp, Merchant and Stanley won with a time of 4:30.98, while East Beauregard took second at 4:35.95.