Kristian Fulton is mostly known for helping Rummel stack up wins on the football field at Tad Gormley Stadium, but that wasn’t the case Saturday.
Instead, the senior was displaying his skills on the track in a rain-soaked Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic with two victories on his way to winning the track MVP of the event.
Fulton, an LSU football signee, won the 300-meter hurdles in 39.46 seconds and the 110-meter hurdles in 14.73 as runners dealt with brisk winds all day.
“I just wanted to come out here and improve my times, because I was a little sluggish (Friday),” said Fulton, who won the long jump on Friday. “It’s kind of hard running into the wind like this, but I got through it.”
Fulton wasn’t the only Raider to come away with a win Saturday as Rummel sophomore Jermie Walker picked up a victory in the 400 meters at 49.80.
“I knew it was going to be close there at the end and I had to keep pushing,” Walker said. “Getting through the weather was tough because I couldn’t do all my warmups, but I’m just happy I came out with the win.”
St. Paul’s junior Eric Coston came away with the win in the 1,600 meters with a time of four minutes, 23.08 seconds (4:23.08), edging Rummel senior Conner Killian.
“Conditions were not ideal at all. The winds down the home stretch were really tough,” Coston said. “I just tried to force my way through it and run as hard as I can. You have to stay focused, keep the right mindset and not let the conditions get to you.”
John Curtis senior and two-time Louisiana Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year Devyn Keith won the 800 meters 1:53.21 — the fourth-fastest time ever at the Sugar Bowl Classic.
“I knew I didn’t run a good leg (Friday), so I figured I’d come back (Saturday) and put my all into it,” Keith said. “If the weather was better I feel like my time might have been a little better, but I’m happy with the result.”
Edna Karr senior Jailen Bell won the 100 meters at 11.24.
“Everybody is out here to compete, and I just wanted to show what I can do,” Bell said. “I’ve never ran in conditions like this, that’s why my time was a little slower, but I think I still did a pretty good job.”
Lusher senior Ryan Theyard, a Jackson State football signee, was named the field MVP following Saturday’s event after winning the triple jump with a distance of 46-111/4 inches, He finished third in the long jump Friday.
Other Louisiana winners from Saturday included: John Curtis in the 4x200 relay (Corey Wren, Cody Branch, Tyrone Leggette, Tyrone Chevalier) and Jesuit senior Carlos Zervigon in the 3,200 meters (9:52.59).