Small schools up first as state track meet starts Thursday

Look for some notable marks as the smallest schools take center stage at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s State Outdoor Track & Field Meet on Thursday at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

The three-day event kicks off with competition for boys and girls teams in Class B and C. Field events start at 1:30 p.m., while running events are set for 5 p.m.

Some things are seemingly traditional in B-C track. The distance dominance of First Baptist Christian’s Gabrielle Jennings is one of the those annual events.

Jennings has the top Class C marks in the girls 1,600, 800 and 3,200 meters. Jennings’ younger sister Madelyn is seeded second in all three distance events for Slidell-based First Baptist.

Another New Orleans-area runner, Holy Rosary’s Reid Dimaggio, has the top marks in the Class C distance events but ranks just ahead of a Baton Rouge runner, Randy Carter Jr., of Jehovah-Jireh.

First Baptist won the Class C girls title a year ago, while a Lake Charles area school, Hackberry, won the boys title. Bell City, another southwest area school, was the Class B girls champion, while a Ruston area school, Choudrant, won the B boys title.

Baton Rouge’s Louisiana School for the Deaf is typically among the contenders in the Class C boys and girls competition each year.

Another Baton Rouge team, the Madison Prep boys, are a notable newcomer.

There’s another potential distance showdown in the girls 1,600 and 3,200 between Celia Zaeringer, of New Orleans-based Patrick Taylor, and Holden’s Clarissa Smith. Hornbeck’s Jacob Dahlhoff and Anacoco’s Samuel Turnipseed are set to square off in the Class B boys distance events.

Basketball standouts Chace Carter, of Castor, and Madison Prep’s Brandon Sampson faced each other in the semifinals. Now both competitors lead the Class B boys high jump field with 6-foot-4 leaps.

Another basketball star, Dubach Sueterria Key, has the top mark of 5-0 in the Class C girls high jump.

Maurepas has the top entry Class C marks in the boys javelin with Tyler Delatte (141-0) and girls javelin Courtney Adkins (122-7). LSD’s Malakia Gowan (105-6) tops the Class C girls discus field.

Another LSD competitor, Kendell Charles, has the top marks in the Class C 110 and 300-meter hurdles.

LSD and Madison Prep help lead the way in multiple relay events.