Eight locals win gold medals
It will be a strange sensation the next time I walk onto the Bernie Moore Stadium track on the first Saturday of May in 2017.
For the first time in four years, I won’t see Samantha Zelden, Ellie Silvia and Kristian Fulton displaying their athleticism in the state track and field meet. They’ll be finishing their freshman years in college.
But others will take their place as the march of greatness goes on.
I will, at least, witness the strength of young Accord Green, establishing more personal (and possibly state) records in the shotput, javelin and discus events.
I’m not sure, though, if Green will be wearing the navy blue of Holy Rosary or the maroon of De La Salle.
For the past four years, Silvia has been the queen of the Class 3A girls’ high jump. She qualified for the finals with a third-place warm-up. But she left no doubt that the gold medal would be around her neck when she cleared the bar at 5 feet, 6 inches.
The Academy of the Sacred Heart senior placed second in the javelin throw to end the day with 18 points.
As she leaves, the school’s track and field program will still be in good hands. Sophomore Claire Moreau is Silvia’s successor and should receive the gold standard for the next two years.
Moreau, a 6-foot basketball standout, proved her mettle as an athlete. She finished second to Silvia in the 3A high jump (5-4), placed third in the javelin and in the 100-meter hurdles.
The combination of Silvia and Moreau gave Sacred Heart 38 of its (fourth-place) 50 points.
Zelden of St. Scholastica is a three-time, Class 4A girls’ javelin champion. Her 139-8 winning throw landed nearly 16 feet past her nearest competitor’s best effort. And for good measure, Zelden took home a bronze medal in the discus throw.
Archbishop Rummel senior Fulton did not have the banner day he had wanted, but the future LSU cornerback overcame a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles and a third-place spot in the long jump to win the 300-meter hurdles in 38.29.
Fulton’s best event was the shorter high hurdles sprint, but he lost that race to Haughton’s Antonio Woodfork by one-tenth of a second. He avenged that setback with a win over second-place Woodfork in the 300 hurdles.
Fulton’s 24 individual points helped Rummel finish second as a team. Distance runner Connor Killian added 10 points to the Raiders’ total by scoring among the top four in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
Holy Rosary scored 63 points as a team to finish second to Jehoveh Jireh. And the Bulldogs scored the bulk of their points from two competitors – Green and tireless runner Alex Lewis.
Green, who stands 6-3, won the shotput with ease, hurling the heavy ball 43-feet, 8 inches. His nearest competitor’s best throw was 6 feel short of Green’s winner.
The big sophomore scored eight points apiece by finishing second in the discus and javelin throws. Green had won the discus as an eighth-grader in 2014.
He finished the day by competing in the 200-meter dash, in which he finished fourth in the time of 23.72; just a shade behind the winner.
Lewis, a returning state champion in the 2015 1,600-meter run, placed second in the three distance events behind the champion, Randy Carter of Jehoveh Jireh.
Another athlete who will be returning for the 2017 track and field season is St. Paul’s Eric Coston, a double champion in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. The junior’s winning times were 4:16.66 and 9:25.74, respectively.
Jesuit’s Jandon Briscoe won the Class 5A boys’ 400-meter dash, and Ursuline’s Alysia Terry took home the gold in the 4A girls’ 100-meter hurdles.
We are the champions!
The De La Salle quartet of Semaj Lewis, Myles Ward, Lance Robinson and Jabal White won gold medals in the boys’ Class 3A 4x100-meter relay. The Cavaliers ran the one-lap sprint event in 42.03 seconds. (Top photo)
Holy Rosary sophomore Accord Green won the Class C shotput title and silver medals in the javelin and discus throws before finishing fourth in the 200-meter dash.
Class 3A javelin
Class 5A 300-meter hurdles
Academy of Sacred Heart
Class 3A high jump
Class 5A 1,600, 3,200 meters
Class 5A 400 meters
Class 4A 100-meter hurdles
Academy of the Sacred Heart senior Ellie Silvia hurled the javelin 128 feet, 11 inches to take second place in the Class 3A girls’ event. Silvia later won her fourth consecutive high jump title with a leap of 5-6. (Additional state meet photos at www.clarionherald.org.)