METAIRIE — Xavier Prep girls coach Don McGhee surveyed the infield at the District 10-3A Track Championships held Wednesday at Joe Yenni Stadium.
There was a sense of sentiment in his eyes, but also a great sense of pride, as he watched his team gather for the meet’s final running events.
Though his team won the girls championship on Wednesday, his program is in a serious state of flux. There’s no guarantee the always-solid Xavier Prep program will be in existence next year, as the school currently is slated to be closed at the end of the school year. There is an effort to keep the school open, however, but nothing is certain regarding the team that has won four consecutive district championships, and also is the defending indoor track state champion.
Except the fact they continue to win.
“I’m so proud of the effort the girls give every day,” McGhee said. “I know it’s on their mind (possibly being the last team sport to compete at what is Xavier Prep.) But they come to practice every day, and they show the sisterhood, the teamwork, the camaraderie. It may be therapeutic for them. I see them laughing and smiling. Despite (everything going on,) they still do what they need to do.”
The Xavier Prep girls did plenty against their District 10-3A competition, winning with 1651/2. points. Lusher finished second with 136 points and McMain was third with 94 points.
The Lusher boys won the championship with 195 points. De La Salle was second with 133 points and Miller McCoy was third with 118 points.
“They’ve been putting in the work all year and it’s just starting to pay off at this point,” said Lusher boys coach Lorenza Winn. “Let’s continue this run in the regionals.”
The District 10-3A Field MVP was Lusher’s Willie Reed, who finished second in the long and triple jump and first in the high jump. The boys track MVP was Miller McCoy’s Stephon Lofton, with a win in the 200 and a second-place finish in the 100.
Xavier Prep’s Maya Evans was the field MVP, with wins in the discus and javelin and a second place in the shot put. Lusher’s Aislinn Roberts was the track MVP with wins in the 800, 1600 and 3200-meter races.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the Class 3A, Region III Meet to be held April 24 at Jewel Sumner.