Sumner’s Devin King continutes record breaking

Sumner standout breaks state mark, almost sets national one

Jewel Sumner’s Devin King wasn’t planning to set another record at the LSU High School Last Chance Qualifier indoor track meet Saturday at the Carl Maddox Field House.

But when he got the chance the Southeastern Louisiana University signee went for it and wound up with a winning mark of 17 feet, 8 inches, setting a Louisiana state indoor mark and a field house record for the second straight week. His winning mark ranks second to the all-time national mark of 17-9¼ set by Andrew Irwin of Mount Ida, Ark., in 2011.

“I guess this week I got more motivated to jump higher,” King said. “I’m not sure why. I wasn’t planning to go high, but when the bar’s up and you’re running fast you go for it.

“When I hit the pit, I thought ‘Oh, my gosh, I just did that.’ It felt great. ”

King’s pole vault effort was one of two field house records set. St. Paul’s Zachary’s Albright set the other by winning the 3,200 meters in 9 minutes, 24.12 seconds.

Albright, who also won the 800 meters (1:58.83), and another New Orleans area competitor, St. Mary’s Academy’s Keterra Harris, were the only double winners. Harris won the girls 400 meters (58.48) and the 800 (2:22.10).

Led by Baton Rouge High’s Mikiah Brisco and Dutchtown’s Tyler Hughes, it wasn’t a bad day for Baton Rouge, either. In fact, with King leading the way, what is normally a low-key meet turned out to be anything but. The indoor season concludes next week with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s State Indoor Championships also at LSU.

Brisco and Hughes set torrid paces in their 60-meter hurdles heats. Brisco’s qualifying time of 8.94 seconds was a half-second ahead of the next closest finisher, Byrd’s Caroline Campbell (9.47). Brisco and Hughes’ time ranked fifth nationally.

Hughes ran an 8.00 in the boys 60 hurdles prelims, two-tenths of a second better than St. Thomas Aquinas’ Craig Rock (8.26).

Brisco lowered her time to 8.84 in the final. St. Michael the Archangel’s Tylor Row, placed second in 9.23 in her first meet of the season.

Instead of competing in the 60 hurdles followed by the 60 dash, Brisco competed in the hurdles and the long jump, taking a second place with a leap of 16-11½.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Brisco said. “But I’ve got a lot to work on for next week. That’s three-hundreths of a second slower than my fastest time. I’ve got to get back down to that.”

Hughes had vowed to lower his 60 hurdles time below eight seconds. He went 8.00 in the preliminary heats and later posted a winning time of 8.13.

“For some reason I keep going slower in the finals,” Hughes said with a big smile. “Some guys who already qualified didn’t come this week. The weather hasn’t been great for practice. I’ll take the win, for sure, but I know I’ve got to come back strong for state.”

Catholic High’s Chance Stephens won the high jump for the second straight week, clearing 6 feet, 2 inches. The Bears’ Jace Attuso won the triple jump in 44-2½, a week after placing sixth in the event.

Live Oak’s Ashley Davis was the only local girl to win an individual event, placing first in the shot put in 37-6.

The Zachary girls won two relays, first taking top honors in the 4x200 meters in 1:45.21 and then closing with a victory in the 4x400 relay in 4:09.

Woodlawn’s 4x400 boys squad had the ultimate final word, winning the last event on an eventful day in 3:31.32.

Franklin’s Cedric Paul was the shot put champion with a toss of 54-11½. Lafayette’s Rebekah Markel won the triple jump in 35-4, edging Hahnville’s Breanne Bias, who won the event a week earlier.