Devin Savwoir was just standing around after school one day, waiting for his mother to pick him up.
He noticed one of his friends doing the shot put.
So he decided he wanted to give it a try.
“I started liking it more and more,” Savwoir said. “Now, I’m winning Sugar Bowls.”
Savwoir, a junior at John Curtis, won the shot put Friday in the opening day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic at Tad Gormley Stadium.
His heave of 53 feet, 51/2 inches was a personal best, breaking his previous best 52-01/4.
“I came in feeling pretty good about myself and had confidence that if I kept working hard that I would come up big with one of the top performances,” said Savwoir.
It was the type of day he was hoping for in the Sugar Bowl Classic, a meet with athletes from Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
He finished sixth in the meet a year ago, but what a difference a year has made. He won the Division II indoor state title in the shot put in February.
“I didn’t do so well in the (outdoor) state meet last,” Savwoir said. “So I just took it more seriously and started working extra hard to try to get to the top.”
Savwoir will compete in the discus Saturday, the final day of the meet.
He helped complete an all-New Orleans area sweep in the three boys field events Friday.
Brother Martin’s Thomas Peters won the javelin with a throw of 185 feet, finishing ahead of Chalmette’s Dominic Curole (176-3). Kevin Smith of Edna Karr won the long jump with a leap of 22-41/4 inches, and Lusher’s Justin Stewart was second (22-1.25).
The Memphis University School boys 4 x 800 team ran the fastest time in the nation this season, finishing in a time of 7 minutes, 45 seconds. They shattered the previous meet record of 7:57.57 set by St. Paul’s in 2012.
Jesuit’s team (Michael Schwing, Reed Meric, Tanner Tresca and Patrick LaCour) finished a distant second in 8:13.90.
New Orleans area athletes also fared well in qualifying events.
Destrehan’s Kirk Merritt, an Oregon football signee, had the fastest qualifying time in the 100 meters (10.98) and was followed by Karr’s Edward Davis (11.09). Davis had the fastest qualifying time in the 200 meters (21.76).
Hahnville’s Brandon Singleton had the fastest qualifying time in the 110 meter hurdles (14.23) and the second fastest in the 300 hurdles (38.7)
In the team standings, Memphis University School leads with 22 points after four events. MUS is followed by Brother Martin (14), Edna Karr (10), Chalmette (10 ) and John Curtis (10).
Andrea McDonald of Dominican tied for first in the high jump (5-6), but lost in the tiebreaker on fewer misses to Madison Central’s Asia Poe.
“I actually PR’d and broke the school record so I was pleased,” said McDonald.
Her jump of 5-6 eclipsed her old school mark of 5- 4. McDonald also finished fifth in the triple jump. She was the only local girls winner in the three individual events completed on Friday.
The Mandeville girls 4 x 800 team (Kylie Touchard, Olivia Murphy, Chelsey Jones and Clair Crosby) finished second (9:29.44) . Hoover (Ala.) was first (9:25.68).
In the preliminaries, Chapelle’s Victoria Young had the day’s fastest qualifying time in the 400 meters (59.27).
In the team standings, McGill-Toolen (Ala.) leads with 32 points, followed by Lafayette (18), Hoover 16, and Madison Central (Miss.) 11 and St. Paul’s Episcopal (Ala.) 11 after five events.