Records fall at LSU high school indoor qualifier

The fastest high school sprinter in America fell just short of setting a record at the LSU High School Indoor Qualifier, but plenty of other records were broken Saturday at LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House.

Jeryl Brazil, who holds the fastest high school indoor 55-meter time in America this season, fell just short of breaking Trindon Holliday’s meet record of 6.27 seconds when he crossed the line in 6.28 in his heat, before clocking a winning time of 6.30 in the final.

In all, six records fell at the meet, including two by John Curtis in the boys shot put and pole vault.

John Curtis’ Anthony Taylor took home the shot put title when he threw 57 feet, 7.5 inches (57-7.5), while teammate Dylan Duvio cleared 16 feet on the pole vault, to equal to Devin King of Jewel Sumner.

King took home the title in a judges’ decision by virtue of needing fewer attempts to clear the mark.

Other record-breakers were Zachary Albright of St. Paul’s, who won the boys 1,600-meter title in four minutes, 24.53 seconds (4:24.53), the Catholic High boys 4x800 relay team (8:16.91), and West Jefferson’s Alexia Fortenberry, who claimed the girls 55-meter hurdles title in 8.12 seconds.

Fortenberry returned to the track five minutes after claiming the hurdles title to finish third in the 55-meter dash, a race won by McMain’s Aleia Hobbs.

“That’s how I practice,” Fortenberry said. “Hurdles, dash, hurdles, dash. That helps me get ready for meets. I planned on breaking the record, but I’m happy with what I ran.”

Not quite as pleased was Brazil, who, despite winning the 55-meter dash, failed to match his lofty expectations.

“I’m not that happy,” said Brazil, who has committed to play football at LSU. “I wanted to break 6.25 but I almost fell out of the blocks; my back foot wasn’t on it.”

Brazil’s win was the closest track finish of the day, as he crossed the line just 0.01 seconds faster than Lakeside’s Chris Lewis, the second-fastest high school sprinter in America thus far.

Two field events came down to judges’ decisions: the boys pole vault and the girls high jump. The latter won by Mary Grace Gitz of St. Scholastica over Cabrini’s Tayla Celestine when both jumpers leaped 5-4.

The girls provided a number of close finishes on the day, including the 3,200 meters, where Bobbi Amar of St. Thomas Aquinas beat Vandebilt Catholic’s Alexa Breaux by 0.06 seconds; Nique Griffin of Hamilton Christian won the long jump by half an inch over Scotlandville’s D’Lacia McKinley; and D’Sharee Collins of Lafayette’s win over McDonogh 35’s Marcquita Stalbert in the 400 meters by 0.04 seconds.

Lusher Charter jumper Ricky Theyard leaped 48-08 feet in the triple jump, setting the highest mark in the state this year and winning by a full three feet over runner-up Marquise Ricard of Southern Lab.

Catholic High put together a dominant performance in the meet, winning four events, finishing runner-up in two, and third in another. Baton Rouge Magnet was the top girls performer, with two wins and two third-place finishes.