District track meet days often are endurance days. Getting through is the major goal.
Kam Cummings and Gabriella Chauvin took things to a new level, leading their teams District 5-5A titles Thursday at Catholic High.
Cummings claimed Outstanding Field Performer honors and shared Outstanding Track Performer award with teammate Sethan Hollier to help Catholic High win the boys title.
Chauvin didn’t get a top individual honor. But she won two distance events and anchored the winning 4x400 relay to cap St. Joseph’s Academy’s girls title effort as both schools extended their district title streaks.
It's 17 in a row for the Bears and 10 for SJA.
“It started off with long jump and I got second,” Cummings said. “During the triple jump, my knee started hurting. I got it done. Coach (Pete) Boudreaux brings talent out of everybody, sometimes in random events.”
There was nothing random about Cummings’ effort that helped Catholic roll up 230 points, ahead of Dutchtown at 127½ and St. Amant with 73. He won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.19 seconds, just off his personal best. Cummings also won the 300 hurdles in 39.30 and also won the triple jump in 40 feet, 5 inches.
Chauvin broke through a mental barrier. She won 1,600 meters in 5 minutes, 16.26 seconds to start the meet and then won the 800 with a personal best of 2:17.60 by surging into the lead in the final 15 meters. The Redstickers finished with 178 points. Baton Rouge High at 151.5 and Dutchtown (103) followed. The top four finishers advance to the Class 5A, Region 2 meet at Zachary next Thursday.
“This meet I think everybody broke out and did really well,” Chauvin said. “You have to get to regional next. I usually don’t do well in all three events. This was a really good day. To get the 10th district title, we all knew we had to go for it.”
SJA coach Charlie Daigle added: "They know April is championship month, and they take it to the next level."
Hollier won the 100 meters (10.91 seconds) and the 200 (21.85). Baton Rouge High's Shaniah Bethley and Leah Scott of Dutchtown took the top girls honors.
Bethley won the 400 meters (1:00.91) and 200 (26.98) and was Outstanding Track Performer. Scott added to her list of double-doubles, winning the long jump (18-7¾) and the triple jump (37-2) to win the Outstanding Field honor.
"Kam had a great day, but overall it was a workman effort for us," Boudreaux said. "To be able to win your district is big."