Individual performances outshine team efforts
On a weekend to savor sunshine and speed, Bernie Moore track and field stadium in Baton Rouge offered both.
Nine area athletes returned to their Catholic schools with individual gold medals, but there were no team champions.
The highest finishes came from St. Scholastica, whose 48 points placed the Covington school second behind 4A champ, Edna Karr (60 points).
The Academy of the Sacred Heart placed third among 3A schools with 46 points.
St. Paul’s placed fifth among Class 5A boys, and De La Salle was also fifth in Class 3A boys’ events.
The individual achievements were hardly overshadowed, though. The big winners were Dominican’s Andrea McDonald, St. Paul’s Eric Coston and Alex Lewis of Holy Rosary.
McDonald ended her prep career by winning the girls’ Class 5A long and triple jumps and barely missed claiming a third victory when she lost a jump-off in the high jump to Denham Springs’ Abigail O’Donoghue at 5-6.
McDonald, who will attend Mississippi College, won the long jump in 18-2 and the triple jump in 37-6.
Catholic High of Baton Rouge easily won the boys’ 5A team title with 121 points, but the Bears’ distance runners were no match for St. Paul’s Eric Coston.
The sophomore distance specialist coasted home first in the 1,600-meter run in 4:15.33 and added the 3,200-meter run in the time of 9:19.99.
And in a heroic performance, Holy Rosary’s Alex Lewis caught boys’ Class C 1,600-meter defending champion Randy Carter Jr. of Jehovah Jireh in the final 80 meters to win that event in 4:36.40. Carter was a half-stride behind in 4:36.80.
Lewis then surprised the field in the 3,200-meter run. This time, the outcome was decided in the final lap as Lewis’ effort resulted in a finish of 10:08.94, while Carter crossed the finish line in a distant 10:19.55.
Samantha Zelden, winner of the girls’ 4A javelin throw, and second in the discus, and distance runner Ellen Feringa, accounted for 28 of St. Scholastica’s 48 points.
Andrea McDonald of Dominican won the girls’ Class 5A long jump title on this final leap of 18 feet, 2 inches. The senior also won the triple jump and placed second in the high jump.
Acad. Sacred Heart
Acad. Sacred Heart
Nine athletes from Archdiocese of New Orleans’ schools took home gold medals at the LHSAA Allstate Track and Field Championships last weekend in Baton Rouge. The big winner was Dominican senior Andrea McDonald, who won the Class 5A long and triple jumps and placed second in the high jump. St. Paul’s Eric Coston won the Class 5A boys’ 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. St. Scholastica’s Samantha Zelden successfully defended her Class 4A javelin title and placed second in the discus throw. Cabrini’s Tayla Celestine was home first in the Class 4A girls’ 100-meter hurdles. Ellen Faringa of St. Scholastica surprised the 4A 1,600-meter field by winning that event. Ursuline’s Lauren Parker was a repeat winner of the Class 4A girls’ high jump. Academy of the Sacred Heart’s Megan Jackson won the Class 3A 3,200-meter run and her teammate, Ellie Silvia, claimed the Class 3A high jump title for the third consecutive year. Holy Rosary’s Alex Lewis upset the field of the Class C boys’ 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.