Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy had nearly identical performances to outdistance the competition in Saturday’s Alumni Invitational Track and Field Meet at Catholic.
St. Joseph’s won 15 events, swept the top three places in five of them, and scored 3021/2 points in the girls division.
Catholic had 14 first places, five sweeps and 271 points to win the boys division.
Denham Springs’ girls finished second with 79 points, followed by Christian Life, which edged Glen Oaks 49-48 for third. McKinley finished second in boys with 107 points. University and Southern Lab tied for third, 56-56.
“We like to score well, but we’re mostly trying to look at people in a meet like this,” Catholic High coach Pete Boudreaux said. “We’re trying to get some work in, look at some guys in different events, different relay combinations. You’re maybe trying to give some more guys a chance to get into the mix.”
One runner who has already established himself is Catholic hurdler Ken Ward, who set a stadium record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.4 seconds. Ward had the record as one of his goals for the season but wasn’t expecting it to come in this meet.
“It was a blessing from God,” he said. “I was just running against time, which is really the only competition I have right now. I felt fast, incredibly fast. I started good, had good momentum over the hurdles, and had my blinders on.
“My main thing I was looking at was the finish line,” he said.
Christian Life Academy won the only girls races that St. Joseph’s didn’t. Katelynn McMorris won the 100 meters in 12.5 seconds, the 200 meters in 26.6, and jumped 15 feet, 1 inch for third place in the long jump.
“I was pretty nervous in the 200 because I was getting tired, but I feel like I had an OK day,” McMorris said. “My goal today was to get a personal record, and I did that, so I’m pretty happy.”
Morris said her long jump and 100 time were personal bests.
CLA’s Breanna Elliot outran SJA’s Victoria Gough for first place in the 300-meter hurdles. Gough won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.4 ahead of teammates Emily Mitchell and Mary Camille Savoie.
The marquee race of the day was the boys 100, a race that had the top three finishers run a time of 10.5. Devonte Dotson of U-High and Joseph Moses of Christian Life tied for the top spot, with Derrius Guice of Catholic finishing third.
McKinley swept the top two spots in the long jump. David Franklin (21-11¼) finished first and Jaylon Johnson (20-6¾) was second.
Southern Lab’s Marquise Ricard was a double winner, leaping 43-10½ in the triple jump and clearing 6-7 in the high jump. The 6-7 mark was a personal best, and Ricard’s coach, Henry Combs, said he cleared 6-10 but hit the bar on his way down.
Ricard outlasted Catholic’s Chance Stephens who jumped 6-6 for second place.
“He (Stephens) got a personal best, too, and he’s really good,” Ricard said. “He gave me good competition, and I just had to go harder.”
Catholic and St. Joseph’s also swept the weight events. William Crosby and Catherine Hodson (javelin), Garrett Broussard and Emily Zeller (shot put) and Ross Quinlan and Hodson (discus) were individual champions. Zeller also placed second in the discus.
Catholic’s Matthew Rhorer (800 meters), Joe St. Cyr, (1,600 meters) and Keith Aldrich (3,200) won distance events.
For SJA, Annie Peek won the 800, Andree Laville took the 1,600 and Mary LaHaye claimed first in the 3,200.