HARVEY — Karr track coach Patrick Tubbins said he knows how to get the Cougars to finish one step better than last season’s second-place finish at the LHSAA Outdoor Track & Field State Championships.
Next month, it’s going to take points in the field events, which Tubbins said he will get from Devante “Speedy” Noil in the long and triple jumps. It will take dominating performances in the sprint relays — Karr’s best times this spring are ranked nationally. And it will take added heroics in open sprints from Jermey Hicks and others.
On Wednesday, Karr completed the initial step of its grand plans by winning the boys District 9-4A championship at West Jefferson High School.
“We didn’t go out here and try to win every single event like a normal team would do,” Tubbins said. “I have kids doubling up in events, and I tried to take it a little easy.”
Still, the Cougars (163) outdistanced themselves from second-place Belle Chasse (141) and Archbishop Shaw, which finished third (125).
“A lot of people had four events, so we just wanted to do what we needed to do to get to the next round,” said Hicks, who grinned as he cruised to the finish line in the 100 meters, still running a time of 11.22 seconds. He finished second to teammate Sharkieth Beverly (11.21). “In regionals, we’ll be going out hard.”
Hicks will take an official visit this weekend to the University of Houston.
In girls competition, Belle Chasse took a different approach, scoring as many points as possible to earn the school’s first district title in seven years.
Rashon Weatherstrand led the way, wining the girls shot put (31-93/4.75) and discus (91-0), en route to Outstanding Field Performer honors.
Belle Chasse scored 174 points, finishing ahead of Edna Karr and McDonough 35, the 4A defending state champions.
“I think our whole thing this is we have balance, we have people at every spot,” Belle Chasse coach Augie Bourgeois said. “That helps.
“McDonogh 35 is great. They’re probably going to win the state championship. But in a small meet, we can compete with them.”
Also for Belle Chasse, Toni Corso finished second in the girls 100 and 300-meter hurdles.
Marcquita Stalbert and the Roneagles are sending another large contingent to the girls regionals.
Stalbert won the girls 100, 200 and 400 meters. The school also won the girls 400, 800 and 1,600-meter relays.