Led by Devyn Keith’s four wins, John Curtis claims Division I indoor state meet; Lusher takes girls crown _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Erath's Troynae Walker wins the Division II 60-meter hurdles at the LSHAA state indoor track meet Saturday at LSU's Maddox Field House. He time was 9.32 seconds.

Troynae Walker admits this indoor track thing is starting to grow on her.

There’s a reason why. The Erath sophomore ended her first indoor track season on the highest note possible — by winning a state title.

Walker won the Division II girls 60-meter hurdles in 9.32 seconds, providing an unexpected point of excellence at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Indoor Championships on Saturday at LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House.

“This is my first year running indoors, so I really didn’t know what to expect,” Walker said. “The hardest thing for me was getting used to running the number of hurdles. Today, I tried to go out as fast as I could, and it worked.”

Another meet also meant there was another record set by Lafayette High pole vaulter Armand “Mondo” Duplantis.

The sophomore didn’t equal the national high school record of 18 feet, ½ inch that he set two weeks earlier.

But Duplantis still broke a record — one of his own — by winning the Division I title with a clearance of 17-2½.

“I can’t be mad because I didn’t go as high as I wanted to,” Duplantis said. “Finishing in first place is also important, especially at a state meet.

“Today it didn’t feel right on most jumps. I’ll go back to work and get ready for nationals (New Balance Indoor Championship in March) and the outdoor season.”

Franklin sprinter Hakim Ruffin, Crowley high jumper Damon Guidry and Northside jumps specialist Christian Miller were among the other Acadiana area standouts at the one-day meet that featured competitors from across the state.

Guidry finished first in the Division I high jump with an indoor personal best of 6-8, a foot higher than his own height of 5-8.

“I’ve gone 6-10 outdoors but never this high indoors, so it’s a good feeling,” Guidry said. “And I didn’t think I’d get it. I hit the bar a little and it didn’t fall.”

The 5-foot-4 Ruffin said he didn’t get a great start. But he bolted past the competitors to win the Division II 60-meter dash in 6.94 seconds.

“It’s about speed and acceleration,” Ruffin said. “I try to get out fast. I knew I had it about 30 meters in.”

Miller won the long jump in 22-10¾ and was second in the triple jump by three-quarters of an inch, giving his team a third-place finish in Division I.

Erath’s Lindsay Darby won the Division II girls triple jump with a leap of 35-7. Catholic-New Iberia’s Reagann Leleux won the Division II girls pole vault in 12-2.

Angelle Primeaux didn’t have an individual win, but she did play a big role in Lafayette High’s push for the Division I girls title.

Primeaux was second in the 1,600 and 800 meters. Ultimately, the Lions finished third with 42 points. Zachary won the meet with 61 points, just ahead of Mandeville at 52.

John Curtis won the Division I boys title with 78 points, snapping Catholic-Baton Rouge’s string of nine straight indoor titles. Catholic was second with 71½ points. Northside was part of a pack of teams that finished tied for third with 18 points.

One southwest area girls competitor set a meet record. Rhea Thompson of Lake Charles-based St. Louis Catholic broke the previous meet record three times in the girls shot put while posting a winning mark of 44-10¾.