Six have golden eye at state track meet
St. Paul’s Eric Coston is one of six local Catholic school athletes favored to win individual gold medals at the May 5-7 state track and field meet on the Bernie Moore oval at LSU.
Coston is the top qualifier in the Class 5A 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. He qualified in the respective times of 4:17.89 and 9:39.24.
Archbishop Rummel senior Kristian Fulton will be in the fast lane for the Class 5A 110-meter hurdles after recording the fastest time of 14.15 in last week’s regional meet. Fulton also qualified fifth in the 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the long jump.
Jandon Briscoe of Jesuit (48.38) ran the fastest 400-meter dash to head that field. Archbishop Rummel’s Jermie Walker (48.89) will be two lanes over at the start of the 5A race.
Two-time state champion Samantha Zelden of St. Scholastica once again heads the girls’ Class 4A javelin field. The senior qualified with a throw of 145-5. She will also compete in the discus throw.
Academy of the Sacred Heart sophomore Claire Moreau outjumped senior teammate and two-time Class 3A high jump champion, Ellie Silvia, in the regional meet. Moreau’s 5-4 was the highest jump. Silvia leaped 5-2.
Moreau also qualified fifth in the 100-meter hurdles.
Sacred Heart could be one of the highest-scoring teams in its class. Olivia Pitt (1,600) and Mary Nusloch (3,200) have the third-best times in those events. The four Cardinals project to score 30 or more points.
Holy Rosary will look to strongman Accord Green and distance specialist Alex Lewis for points.
Green is the No. 1 qualifier in the Class C shotput (42-8) and enters with the second farthest javelin (136-11) and discus (114-4) throws. He will also be in the 200-meter dash field, having qualified with the third-fastest time.
Lewis qualified second in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Between the two athletes, the Bulldogs could garner 56 of a potential 59 points.
St. Charles Catholic will enter a 4x100-meter relay team that ran a 43.35 in the Class 3A regional meet. The team consists of Tahj Smith, Jacoby Johnson, Eric Lewis and Jayce Snowden.