B.R. area teams should sweep 5A meet
Most appropriately, the LHSAA outdoor Track and Field championships will be held in Baton Rouge this weekend because it appears obvious that the Class 5A team champions will be schools in and around the capital city.
On paper, there is little doubt that Dutchtown, Catholic High and Zachary have the best credentials among the boys’ teams competing at Bernie Moore Stadium.
And Baton Rouge High’s girls, mentored by former McMain coach Zack Winfield, are so solid I expect them to double the point total of the second-place team, which should be either Captain Shreve or St. Joseph’s Academy.
That doesn’t bode well for teams from the New Orleans area, which performed well in the Region III meet last week, but whose times and distances are not comparable to the top teams in the other two regions.
Archbishop Rummel and Brother Martin were the top teams in the boys’ Region III meet. But, if times hold up, the two athletes who carry the respective schools – Cyril Grayson of Rummel and Martin’s Morgan Cormier – are slated to win just one event.
Grayson, who holds the fastest New Orleans times this year in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes and the 800-meter run, is not expected to win an event, according to his qualifying times.
I doubt this seriously. Grayson, who qualified to compete in four events, did what he needed to do to get to the finals. There he will turn it on.
Cormier, the city’s premier hurdler, qualified with the best time in the 300-meter lows but is ranked No. 4 among the 110-meter finalists. I doubt that also.
St. Paul’s Scott Brewster is the top qualifier in the 1,600-meter run with a 4:19.32, and teammate Cameron Robichaux (14-9) is capable of winning the pole vault even though his height ranks second to Sulphur’s Derek Foreman (15 feet).
But Dutchtown has the balance needed to dominate the meet. The Prairieville school figures to score 38 points in the field events, winning the shotput, discus and triple jump events. The Griffins have the best time in the 400-meter relay and should score points in five other track events. Their projected points are 76.
Catholic High and Zachary show potentially a max of 42 points. Catholic projects a first in the 110-meter hurdles (Cormier will have something to say about that), but should score in nine other events. Zachary is favored in the javelin and 1,600-meter relay.
Jesuit’s Neil Fitzpatrick (9:31.82) is about 23 seconds faster than the next best qualifier in the 3,200-meter run.
Baton Rouge High is projected to win five events and finish second in two others, giving it 72 points.
Locally, the area girls’ teams have little to compete. Bonnabel figures to score 22 points; Mandeville, 25 points; and West Jefferson, 20.
In other classes, Cabrini should be among the top teams in the girls’ Class 4A, and Xavier Prep should challenge in Class 3A.
Defending 3A champion Holy Cross, led by Chris Hall, Ed Eagan and Sherman Mushatt, is among the top 4A entries.
Middle distance runner Kayla Quincy is the runner to watch for Xavier Prep.