Madison Prep boys win Class B track title

Madison Prep Academy made a big splash by winning a Class B boys basketball title in March. The Chargers proved they could get their feet wet in another sport by claiming the Class B boys track title.

MPA braved some rain and finished with 79 points to place first, ahead of Anacoco (67) and Weston (66) on Thursday night to help open the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s State Outdoor Track Meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadum.

“These kids did everything we asked them to do today, and they came out and performer great,” Madison Prep coach Damien Antoine said. “And they performed great. We told them we needed to win events and pick up points and most of them had personal bests today.”

Hackberry (girls) and Johnson Bayou (boys) claimed the Class C title on the first night of the three-day event at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track and Field Stadium. Doyline edged Bell City by one point to win the Class B girls title.

Madison Prep’s performance included one meet record. The Chargers set the mark by winning the 4x200-meter relay in 1:29.93 and also won the 4x100 relay. Derrick Pate took top honors in 11.28 seconds in the 100-meter dash and then came back to win the 200 in 22.57 for the Chargers. MPA’s Brandon Sampson won the high jump in 6 feet, 4 inches.

Pate, who also was part of MPA’s record-setting 4x200 relay and 4x100 relay, was voted the Outstanding Performer for the Class B boys.

Jehovah-Jireh’s Randy Carter Jr. netted Outstanding Performer honors for the Class C boys. Carter won the 1,600 meters in 4:56.94 and the 3,200 in 10:59.17, also collecting a second-place finish in the 800.

Gabrielle Jennings, of Slidell’s First Baptist, swept the distance events to earn Outstanding Performer honors for the Class C girls. Jennings won the 1,600 meters for the fifth straight year in 5 minutes, 20.16 seconds. She set a C record by winning the 800 in 2:24.93. Including cross country, Jennings, a ninth-grader, has won 24 state track and cross country individual titles.

Glenmora’s Amber Griffin was voted the Outstanding Performer for the Class B girls. Griffin won the long jump in 16-8¾ inches, the triple jump (36-3) and the high jump (4-10).

As the Class C competition evolved, the Johnson Bayou boys and Hackberry girls moved well ahead of the pack.

Through 13 events, JB had 79, with Louisiana School for the Deaf second at 50. Hackberry had tallied 100 points through 13 events in the girls division, and Epps (51) was a distant second. LSD came back to claim second place.

Johnson Bayou finished with 108 points to win the boys title, followed by LSD (78) and Ruston’s New Living Word (53). Hackberry tallied 133 points in the girls division, with Epps (69) and LSD (62) completing the top three.

“We maxed out on points on the boys side,” LSD coach Darren Gremillion said. “All the credit goes to the kids and my assistants. We had some young people who stepped up to the plate and performed for both our boys and girls.”

Kendell Charles won the 110 hurdles (17.60 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (43.94) to pace LSD. The War Eagles’ Justin Flannery won the boys triple jump (40-3½), while Anthony James won the 200 (23.38).

LSD also swept the 4x200 and 4x100 relays for boys and girls. Alexia Powell won the 300 hurdles in 51.68 for the LSD girls.

Competition for Class B was much closer. Bell City had 45 points and led Doyline by just four points and Sacred Heart-Grand Coteau by seven through 13 events. Meanwhile, Madison Prep had 64 points in the B boys competition and a six-point lead of Anacoco through 13 events.

When Shanelle Allen won the 300 hurdles (49.05), Doyline pulled within one point of Bell City. A fourth-place finish in the meet’s final event, the 4x400 relay gave Doyline 55 points and the title. Bell City (54) and Fairview (51) were close behind.

Three meet records were set in the B-C girls field events. Bell City’s Heidi Zaunbrecher won the pole vault in 10-2, one-inch better than the previous mark. Doyline’s Shelby Waln won the shot put in 41-7¼ also in Class B. Hackberry’s Reagan Darbonne set a C record in the girls pole vault at 9-0.

Other Baton Rouge and New Orleans also finished first. Maurepas swept the Class C javelin with Tyler Delatte winning the boys competition (154-5) and Courtney Adkins (118-10) winning the girls.

Reid Dimaggio, of New Orleans’ Holy Rosary, edged JJCA’s Carter to win the 800 in 2:14.72.

In Class B, Hosanna Christian won the girls 4x100 relay. Celia Zaeringer, of New Orleans’ Patrick Taylor, was a Class B double winner, claiming the 1,600 (5:28.18) and the 3,200 in 11:51.09. In the 3,200, Zaeringer edged Holden’s Clarissa Harris by just over a second.