The Episcopal boys and girls combined to win their 40th regional track titles in convincing fashion in the Class 2A, Region 2 meet at EHS on Tuesday.
With seven event titles each, the Episcopal boys scored 143 points to win their 29th regional title and the EHS girls scored 163 points to win their third straight regional title and 11th overall.
The top three finishers in each event advance to the Class 2A state meet at LSU on May 9.
Defending Class 1A champion Westminster was second in the girls with 83 points. Northeast was second in the boys with 58 points and third in girls with 53.
The Stamey siblings repeated their efforts from last week’s District 6-2A meet and were triple distance champions. EHS senior Bryan Stamey won the 1,600 (4 minutes, 35.49 seconds), 800 (2:01.60) and 3,200 (10:15.40). Freshman Alicia Stamey won the girls 1,600 (5:33.80), 800 (2:26.81) and 3,200 (12:16.40).
“Bryan is having a great senior year,” EHS coach Claney Duplechin said. “Jeremiah Mayes did great in the field (22 points). Our sprint relays did great. We haven’t had a sprint relay at state in a long time. It was a total team effort.”
The Episcopal boys won the 4x100 and were second in the other two relays. The Westminster girls won the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. The EHS girls advanced in all three relays and won the 4x400 in an impressive 4:04.20.
EHS senior Bria Johnson won the girls Outstanding Field award with 18 points. She won the long jump in a personal record 17-10 ¾ and was second in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 10 inches.
“I love my team; we’re a family,” Johnson said. “It all came together for me in the long jump. I want to continue to do better for my team.”
“Things have really started to come together for us,” EHS girls coach Eddie Cole said. “We had more girls advance in the field (three second-place finishers, two first place) than we did last year, and that should help us at state. Alicia Stamey continues to run well.”
Lake Arthur’s Dion Cantrelle won the boys Outstanding Field award with 23 points. He won the long jump (23-2¼) and triple jump (44-4½).
Episcopal senior Chuck Harlan and Westminster freshman Ivy Cains swept the hurdles. EHS junior Rachel Misher won the 100 (11.97) and 200 (25.18). Westminster’s Alexis Milton was second in both events.
Other EHS winners were Kaitlyn Walker (high jump, 5-0) and Mayes (high jump, 6-6). Mayes also finished second in the triple and fourth in the long jump.
Dunham’s Quinton Thomas won the 200 in 22.90.
Northeast senior LaChristopher Smith continued his torrid sprinting and earned Outstanding Track honors with 301/2 points. Smith won the 100 (11.16) and 400 (49.92) and was second in the 200. He also ran on the winning 4x400 relay (3:31.40).
“It has been amazing,” said Smith, who won Outstanding Track in his fourth straight meet. “I’m excited to get back to state. One of my strengths is my finish.”
“LaChristopher is running well,” Northeast boys coach Darren Taylor said. “I just wish we had more athletes with him.”