Donaldsonville girls, Sumner boys win 3A titles

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTONJewel Sumner's Brandon Jynes runs the anchor leg on the winning Class 3A 4x200 meter relay at the LHSAA state track meet Saturday at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTONJewel Sumner's Brandon Jynes runs the anchor leg on the winning Class 3A 4x200 meter relay at the LHSAA state track meet Saturday at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

Sumner boys claim second consecutive championship

Donaldsonville senior Ka’Lynn Jupiter won three events and helped lead the Tigers to the Class 3A girls title Saturday night in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s State Outdoor Track Meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

Donaldsonville scored 58 points to claim its second 3A girls title in three years. Abbeville was second with 48, Eleanor McMain third with 40, Port Allen fourth with 27 and Xavier Prep fifth with 26.

Jewel Sumner won its second straight boys title with 86 points.

North Desoto was second with 59, Lusher Charter third with 41, Erath fourth with 35, Port Allen fifth with 34 and West Feliciana sixth with 28.

“It was a total team effort,” Jewel Sumner coach Jay Stuckey said. “We had so many guys step up.”

Jupiter, an LSU track signee, won her third straight title in the 300 hurdles and 100 hurdles and her second title in three years in the triple jump.

Named the Outstanding Performer for Class 3A girls, Jupiter’s 42.63 time in the 300 hurdles was a composite record. Jupiter won the 100 hurdles (14.13) and the triple jump (38 feet 6½ inches).

“My best event is the 300 hurdles, and it was exciting to set a composite record,” Jupiter said. “That was one of my goals coming into the meet. I set a PR in the 100 hurdles, too.

“I was just trying to help my team anyway I could. I love track, and I wanted our team to make its mark. I’m so happy.”

The Donaldsonville girls finished second in the 4x400 relay as Jupiter ran a strong last leg. E.D. White was first, Glen Oaks third and Abbeville fourth in the 4x400.

“These kids are exceptional,” Donaldsonville girls coach Jimmy Joseph said. “My five seniors did everything I asked of them. They worked hard. Ka’Lynn is special, but it was a total team effort today.”

Eleanor McMain junior Aleia Hobbs won the 100 meters in a class record 11.68, won the 200 in 23.99 and was the leadoff runner in two relay victories. McMain won the 4x100 (49.45) and 4x200 (1:45.02).

“I’m very pleased with my time in the 100 meters,” said Hobbs, who won her third straight title in the 100. “The last two years it has been just me at the state meet, so I was very excited with how we did in the relays.”

Loranger’s Jeryl Brazil, an LSU football signee, won the 100 meters for the third straight year. He set the class record last year in 10.36. He claimed his third straight title in the 100 in 10.64 despite having an injured big toe and battling through two false starts by others. Brazil led late in the 200 meters but was unable to finish because of his injury.

Jewel Sumner pole vaulter Devin King was named the Class 3A boys Outstanding Performer. He cleared 16-0.

Other winners for Jewel Sumner were Kalon Sumner (400 meters, 48.78), 4x200 relay (1:28.02), 4x400 relay (3:22.82), Leonel Moreno (3,200 meters, 10:01.13) and Brandon Jynes (200 meters, 21.88).

Baker’s Dynasty Williams was second in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Loyola Prep’s Kaitlin Tanner won the 1,600 (5:24.08) and 3,200 (11:48.52).

Lusher Charter’s Willie Reed won the long jump (22-4¼) and Ricky Theyard the triple jump (46-4). Parkview Baptist’s Joel Smith won the 800 (2:00.75), Brusly’s Terrence West won the 300 hurdles (40.59) and West Feliciana’s Trey Cazabat won the discus (157-6). PBS’ Jade Hayes won the girls long jump (16-11). Port Allen’s Rhecie Lee was second.