Competitors at the District 5-5A track meet managed to avoid predicted rain showers. There was no way to avoid Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy.
The Bears and Redstickers scored points in bunches while claiming titles Thursday in the meet held at Catholic. Catholic finished with 220 points to win the boys title, while SJA tallied 215 to claim the girls crown. It was the 13th straight district title for CHS and sixth in a row for SJA.
The winners’ point totals were not the only highlight. East Ascension’s Kerwin Lane (track) and McKinley’s Elijah Wells (field) were the top performers in the boys competition. Lane won the 200 meters in 21.63 seconds and was second in the 100; Wells was the triple jump champion with a leap of 44 feet, 9½ inches and claimed a sixth-place finish in the high jump.
Triple winner Mikiah Brisco of Baton Rouge High (track) and double winner Toni Rodriguez (field) topped the girls division. Brisco set a Catholic stadium record by winning the 100 hurdles in 14.04, breaking the record set by her older sister, Dominique, two years ago. She also won the 100 (11.84) and the 200 (24.45). Rodriguez won the javelin, setting a SAHS school record with a toss of 129-11, which was 26 feet better than her previous best and also won the high jump in 5-4.
East Ascension (89) squeaked past Ascension Parish rival Dutchtown (82) to take second and third behind Catholic.
“We qualified well for next week’s regional meet which is as important as points,” Catholic coach Pete Boudreaux said. “You’ve got to get people into the next chance to move on. Our throwers were on fire today. I thought our relays did well and so did our hurdlers. And we beat the rain.”
Baton Rouge High (110) rallied in the running events to edge St. Amant (104) for second place in the girls division.
“It’s the most dominating performance I’ve been associated with in a district meet in 22 years of coaching,” SJA coach Charlie Daigle said. “I felt good about our chances of winning it, but I didn’t expect this. We had so many 1-2 finishes and a lot of season’s best performances. Now we’ve got to try and carry it over to next week.”
The top four finishers in all events advance to next Thursday’s regional meet at Dutchtown.
Andree Laville (1,600, 5:42.60 and 3,200, 12:28.05) was a double winner for SJA. Annie Peek (800, 2:22.96), Victoria Gough (300 hurdles, 47.91), Morgan Leger (pole vault, 10-0), Emily Zeller (shot put, 34-0) and Catherine Hodson (discus, 111-2) were other winners for SJA, which placed two competitors in the top three in the 800, 1,600, 3,200, 300 hurdles, triple jump, discus and javelin.
Catholic won 13 of 18 boys events, including all three relays. The Bears’ Joseph St. Cyr also pulled off the distance double, winning the 1,600 (4:32.78) and 3,200 (10:06.27). Other Bears winners were Ken Ward (110 hurdles, 14.20), DJ Woodard (300 hurdles, 38.18), Matthew Rhorer (800, 2:00.47), Phillip Rodman (400, 50.00), Chadd Burns (pole vault, 14-0), Cameron Tom (shot put, 55-5), Ross Quinlan (discus, 160-1) and Matthew Venable (javelin, 177-7).
One of the best races was the boys 100 in which Dutchtown’s Cory McBride (10.67) edged EAHS’ Lane (10.72). McBride and Lane dueled again in the 200 before McBride pulled up with a hamstring injury. DHS coach John Talley said he expects McBride to be ready for the regional meet.
How important can one event in a track meet be? Enough to give Plaquemine High a district title.
At Wednesday’s District 6-4A meet held at Broadmoor High the team totals submitted to The Advocate did not include the girls 100-meter dash. Plaquemine took first and second in the 100 and the 18 points scored gave PHS a district title.
Plaquemine led the corrected team scores with 165 points. St. Michael the Archangel, the team originally awarded the title, took second at 155. Broadmoor was third at 97.50. Points earned in the 100 also helped PHS’ Alissa Williams claimed Outstanding Track Performer honors. There were no scoring issues on the boys side.
as Broadmoor took first with 169 points.
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