Zachary’s O’Connor decides to attend Kentucky

One of Louisiana’s most prized track and field recruits has made her decision: Janie O’Connor is going to be a Kentucky Wildcat.

O’Connor’s announcement last week surprised many because LSU, Alabama and Texas A&M were thought to have the inside track to sign Zachary’s senior speedster. Her decision was made after a recent recruiting visit to the Lexington campus.

“It was my first visit, and I knew then I didn’t want to take any others,” said O’Connor, who plans to be a pre-veterinary medicine major. “From the time I got there, I really felt connected. I loved the campus, and I got to meet with an academic adviser and the team. I felt at home.

"They didn't really talk to me about specific events or things like that. They talked more about goals. The coaches told me my goal next year will be (to) score in the SEC meet. I liked that."

O’Connor has been hampered by a hamstring injury since the indoor season. But she has been getting back into form in the past couple of weeks as she gets ready to defend her Class 5A outdoor titles in the 100, 200 and 400 events.

Zachary teams fourth in meet

The Zachary boys and girls track and field teams finished fourth at the Baton Rouge Physical Therapy/Lake meet at St. Amant last week.

The Lady Broncos scored 92 points to finish behind Dutchtown (112), St. Amant (109) and West Feliciana (95). The ZHS boys finished with 71 points to finish behind Dutchtown (112), St. Amant (109) and West Feliciana (95).

Kristian Jackson had an outstanding showing, winning the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 2 inches, and the discus with a toss of 124 feet, 6 inches.

O’Connor won the 200-meter dash in 24.68 seconds and the ZHS 4x100 (47.16 seconds) and 4x400 (4:13.51) relay teams also earned victories. Other top finishes for the Lady Broncos included Kayla Clifton, second, 100 meters (12.68); Indya Jackson, second, 200 (25.08); Haley Zweigle, second, 3,200 (13:21.00); and Lydia Johnson, second, 100 hurdles (16.23).

Deonte Bacon, of Zachary, took first place in the long jump with a 21-feet, 2.25- inches effort. Teammate Ralph Holmes followed with a victory in the triple jump with a 41-feet, 9-inch leap.

Other top finishes for the ZHS boys included Ja’Colby Ambeau, second, 300 hurdles (44.01) and third, 110 hurdles (16.58); Evan Landry, second, javelin (169-00); and the 4x400 relay team, third (3:40.97).

ZHS golf teams place third

The Zachary boys golf team finished third in the Metro Tournament at Carter Plantation. University High finished first with a team score of 308 shots while Catholic High was second (311) and the Broncos were third (344). U-High’s Trey Winstead captured his third straight individual title with a 5-under-par 67.

The Zachary girls squad finished third in the recent Girls Metro tournament at Beaver Creek. St. Joseph’s Academy won the team title with a score of 184, followed by Parkview Baptist (207) and Zachary (208) in the three-team field. Episcopal’s Reily Heaslip was the individual champion with a score of 84.

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