Karr sprinters shine in relays

NEW ORLEANS — Karr sprinter Jermey Hicks promised records during the final day of competition at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic.

Hicks didn’t disappoint Saturday at Tad Gormley, and neither did the McDonogh 35 sprinters, led by Marcquita Stalbert, who dominated girls events. Also, John Curtis proved to be more than just a field event specialists.

Hicks’ Cougars set meet marks in the boys 4x100- and 4x200-meter relays, which included running the fastest 4x100 time in the nation this season entering the competition. Karr’s finish of 40.84 seconds broke St. Augustine’s record (42.19) set at the Sugar Bowl meet in 1993.

“By the state meet, we’ll be rolling and set some records there, too,” said Hicks, who also won the boys 100 meters (10.48), followed closely by teammate Sharkieth Beverly.

The second-place 4x100 relay team from Curtis (41.99) and St. Augustine (42.16), which placed third, also surpassed the former mark.

Curtis, though, won the boys competition with 98 points, which included Duke Riley winning the discus with a throw of 152 feet, 3 inches, Malachi Dupree winning the high jump (6-8) and Jacolby Cooper’s victory in the 400 (48.74). The Patriots’ Sherman Badie and Richard Allen finished behind Karr in the 100.

“I didn’t really meet my standards. I want to run close to 47.9, but I got the win,” said Cooper, the defending Class 2A 400 champion. “That’s all that really matters.”

Karr finished second overall with 71 points.

In other boys events, Lusher’s Ricky Theyard won the triple jump (47-41/2), West Jefferson’s Devin Scott won the 200 meters (21.56), Jesuit’s Neal Fitzpatrick won the 3,200 meters (9:35.15) and Higgins the 4x400-meter relay (3:27.74).

In girls competition, Stalbert won the 100 (11.66), 200 (23.84) and 400 (56.06) meters. McMain’s Aleia Hobbs finished behind her in the 100 and 200 meters. Stalbert also helped McDonogh 35 win the 4x200-meter relay, setting a meet record with a time of 1:39.17 and watched teammates break another meet mark in the 4x100 relay (47.88).

McDonogh 35 won the girls division with 58 points.

Cabrini’s Dominique Clegget added a long jump title (18-7¼) to the triple jump championship she earned Friday.

“At the Sugar Bowl (track meet) last year, I was actually learning how to long and triple jump,” said Clegget, who will play volleyball this fall at Howard University. “It’s good to be back where I was at the end of last year and hopefully improve more by state.”

Helen Cox’s Bryiana Richardson and West Jefferson’s Alexia Fortenberry took turns winning their hurdles duels. Fortenberry won the 100 hurdles (14.32), with Richardson finishing just behind her in 14.42.

Then in the 300-meter hurdles, Richardson won with a time of 42.73 — recording her second meet record this weekend in the event. Fortenberry was third (44.83).