Look for some notable marks as the smallest schools take center stage at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s State Outdoor Track & Field Meet on Thursday at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
The three-day event kicks off with competition for boys and girls teams in Class B and C. Field events start at 1:30 p.m., while running events are set for 5 p.m.
Some things are seemingly traditional in B-C track. The distance dominance of First Baptist Christian’s Gabrielle Jennings is one of the those annual events.
Jennings has the top Class C marks in the girls 1,600, 800 and 3,200 meters. Jennings’ younger sister Madelyn is seeded second in all three distance events for Slidell-based First Baptist.
Another New Orleans-area runner, Holy Rosary’s Reid Dimaggio, has the top marks in the Class C distance events but ranks just ahead of a Baton Rouge runner, Randy Carter Jr., of Jehovah-Jireh.
First Baptist won the Class C girls title a year ago, while a Lake Charles area school, Hackberry, won the boys title. Bell City, another southwest area school, was the Class B girls champion, while a Ruston area school, Choudrant, won the B boys title.
Baton Rouge’s Louisiana School for the Deaf is typically among the contenders in the Class C boys and girls competition each year.
Another Baton Rouge team, the Madison Prep boys, are a notable newcomer.
There’s another potential distance showdown in the girls 1,600 and 3,200 between Celia Zaeringer, of New Orleans-based Patrick Taylor, and Holden’s Clarissa Smith. Hornbeck’s Jacob Dahlhoff and Anacoco’s Samuel Turnipseed are set to square off in the Class B boys distance events.
Basketball standouts Chace Carter, of Castor, and Madison Prep’s Brandon Sampson faced each other in the semifinals. Now both competitors lead the Class B boys high jump field with 6-foot-4 leaps.
Another basketball star, Dubach Sueterria Key, has the top mark of 5-0 in the Class C girls high jump.
Maurepas has the top entry Class C marks in the boys javelin with Tyler Delatte (141-0) and girls javelin Courtney Adkins (122-7). LSD’s Malakia Gowan (105-6) tops the Class C girls discus field.
Another LSD competitor, Kendell Charles, has the top marks in the Class C 110 and 300-meter hurdles.
LSD and Madison Prep help lead the way in multiple relay events.