St. Joseph’s, Catholic chill Gourrier field

Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy made the best of chilly weather conditions Wednesday evening as the schools each won team titles at the Bat Gourrier Relays hosted by Broadmoor High.

St. Joseph’s dominated in the field with firsts in six of seven events on its way to winning the girls competition with 153 points. St. Michael was second with 81, and was followed by Dutchtown (741/2) and Episcopal (53).

Catholic was hard to beat in the field and on the track, and won 13 of 18 events on its way to a winning boys total of 204 points. Dutchtown (99),
East Ascension (73) and Zachary (58) were the closest pursuers.

“Today was the first day we’d run some of the relay teams together, and we wanted to see how they’d respond to that,” said Catholic coach Pete Boudreaux, who at times had different athletes perform well in the same event.

“Every time something goes good something else muddies the waters a little bit, but that’s a good problem when you’ve got several kids in one event that run well or throw well.”

Catholic swept the three relays winning the 4x200 meters (1:27.95), the 4x100 (42.57) and the 4x400 (3:21.26).

The Bears had no double winners in individual events, but Boudreaux praised the efforts of D.J. Woodard, who won the 300 intermediate hurdles (39.40), and also ran on all three relays.

“He’s been a versatile guy for us,” Boudreaux said. “He’s run the 400, the 200 and the hurdles. We’ve got to find the right spot for him before the season’s over. Every time we run him in a different event it gets more confusing, but its a good confusing.”

Dutchtown’s Cory McBride won the long jump (21 feet, 61/2 inches) and came back to win the 100 dash (10.78).

St. Joseph’s Academy got two individual wins from Catherine Hodson, who took first in the discus (114-10) and the javelin (120-5).

Hodson capped her evening by running a leg on St. Joseph’s 4x400 relay, which was second to St. Michael (4:11.11).

“(Catherine) is a versatile kid to throw a javelin and discus, and then come back and run a 400,” St. Joseph’s coach Charlie Daigle said.

“We’re where we want to be at this point. We’re still experimenting some and giving people opportunities.”

Other winners for St. Joseph’s were Elise Richard in the triple jump (33-4); Alysse Wiggins in the high jump (4-10); Emily Zeller in the shot put (32-8); and Morgan Leger in the pole vault (9-6).

Laurie Lyons picked up the Redstickers lone first on the track winning the 1,600 (5:52.45).

“What really stood out was our field performers,” Daigle said. “The throwers and the jumpers were just so strong for us. That’s our strength.”

St. Michael’s Tyler Row won both hurdles events taking the 100 (15.21) and 300 intermediate (45.94).

The Warriors also picked up a win in the 3,200 from Haley Gregoire (12:13.05).

Dutchtown’s Casey Richardson scored 23 points to earn honors outstanding track performer. Richardson had an individual win in the 200 (25.89), and helped the Griffins win the 4x200 (1:44.29) and the 4x100 (49.04) relays.

McKinley’s Sakinah Abdul-Aziz won the long jump with a leap of 17-73/4.

The Panthers’ Elijah Wells won the boys’ triple jump with a mark of 44-5 1/4.

East Ascension’s Nick Brown picked up the only other first not snared by Catholic winning the high jump at 6-4.