District meets highlight several standout athletes
The stars of high school track and field were shining brightly in seven area district meets last week as prep sports winds down to the final events of the school year.
With regional meets scheduled for this week and the state meet set for May 5-7, the top area athletes were rounding into form. They include returning state champions Samantha Zelden of St. Scholastica, Ellie Silvia of Academy of the Sacred Heart and distance runners Eric Coston of St. Paul’s and Holy Rosary’s Alex Lewis.
But new standouts turned in performances from the following district meets that could net them gold medals at Bernie Moore Stadium at LSU in May.
Mount Carmel was the top point scorer in the four-team girls’ meet with 92.
The Cubs’ most outstanding athlete was senior Brooke Petkovich, who won the long and triple jumps and the 100-meter hurdles (16.38) and finished third in the 100-meter dash. Petkovich totaled 21 individual points.
Dominican’s Emily Doyle was a double winner, easily taking both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs with times of 5:43.63 and 12:19.94, respectively.
John Curtis was high-point scorer in the boys’ events, led by Devyn Keith’s wins in the four distance events.
But another outstanding effort was turned in by Archbishop Rummel’s Kristian Fulton, who won the long jump, the 110-meter hurdles (14.35) and 300-meter hurdles (39.25).
St. Augustine’s Dominico Davis placed first in the triple jump and scored third-place points in the long jump and 100-meter dash.
Ursuline Academy’s Alysia Terry had a busy day on the Yenni Stadium track. After winning the long and triple jumps, Terry won two more events – the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with times of 17.36 and 50.93, respectively, for a perfect 40 individual points.
Cabrini repeated as the girls’ champion with 186 points due to victories in four individual events and two relays.
Taylor Mumford won the 100-meter dash (13 seconds) and ran legs on the Crescents’ winning 400- and 800-meter relay teams. She also placed second in the 200.
Once again, the combination of senior Ellie Silvia and sophomore Claire Moreau provided much of the scoring for champion Academy of the Sacred Heart.
Silvia won the girls’ high jump and triple jump and placed second in the javelin throw.
Moreau won the discus and javelin and finished second to Silvia in the high jump.
The two combined for 32 points in the four-team meet. The Cardinals won handily with 148 points as Kyle Maher (shot put), Kaylah Broussard (long jump), Olivia Pitt (1,600-meter run), Catherine Belle Paulk (800-meter run), Jane Dugal (300-meter hurdles), Cosette Waguespack (200-meter dash) and Mary Nusloch (3,200-meter run) also were first-place finishers.
Archbishop Hannan’s boys’ and girls’ teams practically swept the district field of three opposing teams on the St. Scholastica Track Complex.
The Hawks scored 124 points, and the Lady Hawks totaled 143 points. Pope John Paul II finished second in both meets.
The Hannan girls won 11 events, led by Aimee Guillot, who won the 800- and 1,600-meter runs and placed second in the pole vault competition. She won the two-lap event in 2:53.45 and the 1,600 in 5:56.37.
Miranda Kramer won the triple jump and 400-meter run (1:02.83).
Craig Schexnaydre was a double winner for the Hawks, taking the 1,600-meter run in 5:27. 33 and the 3,200 in 12:32.54.
The 400- and 800-meter relays went to Pope John Paul II in the respective times of 45.50 and 1:40.04. Hannan’s team was a close second in 1:40.76.
Jehovah-Jireh has been the track and field giant of this class in recent years. And it was no different as the Baton Rouge school posted 152
points on April 21.
But Holy Rosary ran a strong second by scoring 126 points. And 66 points of the Bulldogs’ total came from two athletes.
Sophomore Accord Green made his presence known by winning the shot put, discus and javelin events, then showed his speed to finish second in the 200-meter dash. His 38 points were an individual high for that region.
In 2015, Holy Rosary’s Alex Lewis shocked the field of the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs by upsetting favored Randy Carter Jr. of Jehoveh-Jireh to win the gold medals for those events.
But Carter gained a measure of revenge by winning both at the regional, with Lewis trailing in his wake. But the Bulldog distance specialist was just a few seconds behind and will meet Carter in the Class C meet on May 5.
Lewis also placed second to Carter in the 800-meter run and ran fourth in the 400-meter dash. He ended his busy day with 28 individual points.
In the District 10-4A meet, Academy of Our Lady’s Courtney Roberts won the discus throw, and teammate Reyn Sparrow placed first in the girls’ pole vault competition.
The AOL team finished third behind Edna Karr and Belle Chasse.