BRHS, Catholic, several individuals shine at regional

DUTCHTOWN — Coaches have jokingly referred to the Class 5A, Region 2 track meet as an early version of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s 5A state meet.

The competitors proved it was no joke on Thursday by setting a long list of stadium records with elite marks in the field and on the track at Dutchtown High.

The state’s two top-ranked teams, the Catholic High boys and Baton Rouge High girls, also claimed lead roles on a day when individuals excelled.

“You come in hoping you can get everybody who has a chance in (into the state meet),” Catholic coach Pete Boudreaux said. “But you’ve also got to be realistic and know that isn’t going to happen.

“But the majority of the guys that we hoped could advance to next week have, so I’m really pleased. All in all, I can’t complain.”

Catholic finished with 1551/2 points to win the boys crown as Baton Rouge area teams took the top four spots. East Ascension (61) was second, followed by Zachary (42) and host Dutchtown (41).

BRHS tallied 76 points, all of which came on the track, to win the girls title. The Bulldogs’ District 5-5A rival, St. Joseph’s Academy (59), was second with St. Scholastica (50) edging northshore rival Fontainebleau (49) for third.

The top three finishers in each event advance to the LHSAA meet at LSU next week,

“We had some hiccups, and we’ll do better,” BRHS coach Zachary Winfield said. “Things kind of went the way I thought. The points were dispersed with the distance teams on one side and us on the other. We scored what we scored, and it worked out.”

The list of superlatives started long before the running events began. Fontainebleau’s Madison Heath won the girls pole vault at 12 feet.

St. Amant’s Toni Rodriguez threw 147-4 in the javelin. St. Scholastica’s MaryGrace Gitz won the high jump at 5-7, with two others, including SAHS’ Rodriguez finishing at 5-6.

It was the same on the boys side. Ponchatoula’s Steven Barze won the high jump in 6-10, while David Elias of host Dutchtown bettered the stadium record in the shot put by more than 2 feet, winning with a toss of 55-11.

Barze, who also won the triple jump and was second in the long jump, was the boys Outstanding Field Performer. Live Oak’s Ashley Davis, the shot put champion, claimed girls Outstanding Field Performer honors.

The pattern continued on the track. The top three boys runners and the top five girls runners all bettered the previous stadium marks in the 1,600 meters.

Fontainebleau’s Nicole Durham won in 5 minutes, 17.47 seconds, more than 11 seconds faster than the previous record. St. Paul’s Zachary Albright won in 4:21.58, topping the previous best by more than nine seconds.

Durham (11:44.00) and Albright (9:27.27) repeated those feats in the 3,200. Albright topped the previous DHS mark by 19 seconds. Durham bettered the girls mark by 26 seconds.

Nine runners, including the top six girls, ran faster than the previous stadium mark. Albright was the Outstanding Track Performer for the boys.

Baton Rouge High’s Mikiah Brisco set records in all three of her individual events and was the Outstanding Track Performer for the girls. Brisco won the 100 hurdles in 14.40 seconds, the 100 dash in 12.15 and the 200 in 24.60.

The fast times did not stop there. Catholic’s Matthew Rhorer won the boys 800 (1:55.37) in which the top three finishers bested the previous mark. St. Scholastica’s Madison McDaniel (2:20.36) won the girls 800 also in a impressive record time.

Both 300 hurdles winners — Zachary’s Nijah Lain (46.39) and Catholic’s DJ Woodard (38.11) — also were record-setters. East Ascension’s Ariane Williams was one of three girls to crack the one-minute and also ran a record time, winning in 56.89.

Catholic’s winning effort also included setting stadium-record times in all three relays. BRHS (4x400) and Scotlandville (4x100) set girls relay marks.