It was all about the field events for Acadiana area competitors.
Pole vault specialists Armand “Mondo” Duplantis of Lafayette High and Reagann Leleux of Catholic-New Iberia topped the list of winners at the LSU High School Last Chance Qualifier meet held Saturday at Carl Maddox Field House.
Duplantis, a freshman, has won all three indoor meets he’s competed in at LSU during the past month. Leleux and Opelousas Catholic’s Amy Stelly dueled in the girls event with Leleux winner on fewer misses.
Carencro’s Jacoby Porter also was a field winner at the annual meet that helps set the stage for the LHSAA Indoor Championships on Feb. 21 also at LSU.
Leleux and Stelly were among the meet’s first competitors. Both cleared 11 feet, 6 inches, but it was Leleux who got the win based on few misses.
Duplantis didn’t enter the boys competition until it reached 15 feet. His season best of 16-8 came at a meet held in Reno, Nevada last month.
With the victory already secured at 16-0, Duplantis opted to raise the bar to 16-10. He just missed on his final two attempts.
“I went up to a bigger pole this week,” Duplantis said. “I think I can do the same thing and jump 17 next time. I work on my plant and my run … to be more consistent. Practice will help.”
Like the girls event, the boys pole vault was Acadiana strong. Westgate’s Cole Courtois was the runner-up to Duplantis at 15-0.
Porter won the first boys field event of the day, the long jump. He finished with a leap of 21-5¾, just over two inches in front of runner-up Jerome Wynn of Shreveport’s Fair Park.
Lafayette High’s Angelle Primeaux finished second in the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 26.29 seconds. LHS also finished third in the girls 4x800 relay in 10:14.42.
Only one meet record was set. Episcopal’s Rachel Misher won the girls 60-meter dash in a record time of 7.59 seconds that figures to rank among the nation’s top 15 times. Also recording a top-15 national mark was Zachary’s Janie O’Connor, who won the girls 400 in 56.90.
St. Joseph’s Academy’s Annie Hill was the lone double winner. Hill won the girls 1,600 meters in 5:18.20 and edged Primeaux to win the 800 in 2:25.68.