Dominican, Brother Martin rule at 9-5A meet

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZDominican's Mia Meydrich, left, finishes first in the 1,600 meter run as she catches up to West Jefferson's Ayla Smoak, who with the rest of the field were a lap behind Meydrich at the District 9-5A track meet Thursday at Chalmette High School.
Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZDominican's Mia Meydrich, left, finishes first in the 1,600 meter run as she catches up to West Jefferson's Ayla Smoak, who with the rest of the field were a lap behind Meydrich at the District 9-5A track meet Thursday at Chalmette High School.

Meydrich sparks girls victors; balance aids Crusaders

CHALMETTE — Looks like Mia Meydrich’s decision to focus on running is paying dividends — make that earning her a few medals.

Meydrich won the girls 800 and 1,600 meters Thursday afternoon at the District 9-5A track meet at Chalmette High School in Bobby Nuss Stadium, continuing her dominance in long distance events while helping Dominican win the girls district championship.

“It was tough at first, but I developed a new and more passionate love for running,” Meydrich said of giving up soccer, a sport she play for 15 years.

Now, track is her first and only sports priority.

“I’m like fully invested. It’s like my life now.”

In the boys competition, Brother Martin’s Will Clapp won the shut put and teammates Dominick Casadaban and Patrick Hoppe finished first and second in the pole vault to help the Crusanders score enough points in the field events to earn the boys title.

“We really didn’t have anybody that was going to come out and dominate,” Brother Martin coach Brad Duplechain said. “But our depth, having multiple guys in each event and placing in so many events, helped us.”

The Crusders also won the 400-meter relay (44.02), the 800-meter relay (1:30.87) and the 1,600-meter relay (3:32.40).

Brother Martin scored 152 points, finishing one spot ahead of Jesuit (120). Archbishop Rummel was third (110).

The top four finishers in each event qualified for regionals.

Chalmette’s Albert Brock won the triple jump (46 feet 6 inches), the 100 meter hurdles (14.45) and 300 meter hurdles (40.08). Brock also finished fifth in the 100 meters (11.20).

“I wasn’t supposed to run the 100 (meters) because I was tired from the 100-meter hurdles,” he said. “But, anything for the team.”

West Jefferson’s Devin Scott made one of the biggest impacts on the meet, winning the boys long jump (22-53/4), the 100 meters (10.75) and the 400 meters (49.69). He also placed second in the 200 meters (22.24).

His teammate, Alexia Fortenberry, enjoyed similar success. She helped the girls team win the 800-meter relay (1:45.12), then won the 100 meters (12.36), 100 meter hurdles (14.33) and the 300 meter hurdles (47.28).

At Dominican, Julia Delesdernier won the javelin (103-1), Andrea McDonald the high jump (5-0).

Meydrich, 17 years old, placed fifth last spring at state. But that was before she relinquished 15 years of soccer. Since then, Meydrich has placed third in the state cross country meet last fall, helping Dominican succesfully defend its title. She placed second at the indoor state meet.

Her only connection to soccer now is her former teammates and the high socks she wears. People think it’s a fashion statement. It’s not. It’s for shin splints.

Meydrich also ran the first leg on Dominican’s third-place 1,600-meter relay.

Mount Carmel placed second (116) in the girls competition, followed by West Jefferson (112).