Catholic, St. Amant win at Health Quest Physical Therapy Invitational

DUTCHTOWN — The Catholic High School boys and St. Amant girls won team championships at the Health Quest Physical Therapy Invitational Track and Field Meet on Wednesday night at Dutchtown High School.

Catholic rolled up 192 points to win its fifth meet of the season. St. Amant (105) and Dutchtown (92) finished in second and third.

St. Amant finished with 110.50 points, ahead of Donaldsonville (78) and Dominican (68).

St. Amant led from wire to wire in the girls division, and the St. Amant boys were in first place through the first six events on the boys side.

Joseph St. Cyr put Catholic in front for the first time by winning the 1,600 meters in four minutes, 27.9 seconds (4:27.9).

“It was my second-fastest time of the year,” St. Cyr said. “I was just hoping for two quality times tonight.”

St. Cyr had his second quality race in the 800 meters, running 1:57.59 to finish second behind teammate Matthew Rhorer (1:57.31)

The Bears were strong in the relays, winning the 4x100 and 4x200 and finishing second in the 4x400. Star hurdler and relay runner Ken Ward was out with an illness, so Arthur Price and Trevell Johnson joined Catholic’s regular lineup of Khalil Thomas, D.J. Thomas and Derrius Guice in the shorter relays.

Cory McBride of Dutchtown was a double winner in the sprints, taking the 100 and 200 dashes.

The St. Amant girls started strong in the field events and kept on rolling. Faith Bourgeois (99-6) finished second in the discus, followed by Alli Duplechein (98-2) in third.

Duplechein (29-2.5) picked up another third place in the shot put, just behind teammate Jimicah Wilson (31-4.5) in second.

Kristina Hugel of Ursuline Academy won the discus with a throw of 99-11, while Patrice West of Donaldsonville threw the shot put 35-0 to win that event by just under three feet.

The Lady Gators ruled the jumps, with double winner Destiny Bourgeois winning the long jump (17-1.5) and the triple jump (35-3) over Alexis Pickney of St. Michael (32-7)

Other girls double winners, Toni Rodriguez of St. Amant and Ka’Lynn Jupiter of Donaldsonville, recorded personal bests. Jupiter won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.50 and the 300-meter hurdles in 44.33.

“I had personal records in both the hurdles,” said Jupiter, the defending state champion in both hurdles events. “I would have been very upset with anything else. I haven’t really been pushed yet, but I’m very competitive running against myself, and I’ve been checking results of girls who’ve beat me before.”

Jupiter said she is mulling offers from Ole Miss, Tulane and Louisiana Tech for her college career.

Rodriguez, the three-sport star from St. Amant, is coming back from a knee injury she suffered late in the basketball season, won the high jump at 5-feet-0 and the javelin.

“Last year, I got 5-4 (in the high jump), but I’m just now getting back into things, and I’m right there,” she said. “I got 103 in the javelin, and it’s the second meet I’ve ever thrown in.”

Bourgeois and Rodriguez were named top scorers in girls field events, and Maiya Miles of Donaldsonville, who won the 100 and 200, edged Jupiter for top scorer in girls track.

McBride was top scorer in the boys track division, while Chris Collins of Dutchtown was leader in boys field events.