John Curtis hurdler Monae Lewis won the 300-meter hurdles for the third consecutive year at the LHSAA Allstate/Sugar Bowl Class 3A track meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium, but this time was different.
This year the Patriots were in the hunt for the team title, and Lewis knew she was running for more than just individual glory.
“We’ve never had a girls championship title,” Lewis said. “Its a lot more pressure. I was just trying to win it for my team. We’ve all worked so hard.”
For Lewis and her teammates, it was mission accomplished as the Patriots scored 10 points in the meet’s final two events hold off Lusher Charter for the team title.
The Curtis girls finished with 63 points while Lusher Charter had 56. Sacred Heart Academy was third (46) followed by St. Louis Catholic (41) and West Feliciana (34).
The John Curtis boys team also won its respective title improving its state championship winning streak to 11. Its a run that includes the last six outdoor championships along with five indoor titles.
The Curtis boys were tied with Franklin before the final two events. Devyn Keith and Tyler Dugas went 1-2 in the 3200. The Patriots added a third place finish in the 4x400 to pull away from Franklin.
The final numbers had the Curtis boys with a winning total of 82 points. Franklin (68), Jewel Sumner (54), Bossier (37) and De La Salle (25.50) were the closest pursuers.
“We’re just excited about how both groups competed,” JCCS track coach Preston Curtis said. “On the girls side, its been years in the making. Its been a lot of work put in by the coaches and the kids, and their commitment to excellence.
“It proves that if you work hard, and believe you can be the best it can be accomplished.”
The Curtis girls got things going with a win in the 4x200 (1 minute, 43.45 seconds), and from Troianne Gause in the 1600 (5:31.91). Lewis anchored the relay, and came right back to win the 100 hurdles (14.57).
Lusher pressured Curtis with wins from Aislinn Roberts in the 800 (2:26.52), its 4x100 relay (49.35), and Ry’anne Riley in the 400 (56.86).
“I was shocked (at the time),” Riley said of her win. “I thought it was slower, but I PR’d today so I’m happy. (Iyanna Alexander of Baker) really pushed me because we were head and head.”
Lewis won the 300-hurdles (44.76) leaving Curtis with only a three point lead before the 3200. Gause placed third, and the Patriots followed with a fourth-place finish in the 4x400 to seal their girls team title.
For the Patriots’ boys, Devyn Keith repeated as a triple champion winning the 800 (1:56.87), the 1600 (4:26.50) and the 3200 (10:04.80).
Coupled with Tyler Dugas’ second-place showing in the 3200, Curtis wrapped up the boys title before the 4x400.
“It becomes a habit at this point,” Keith said of his three wins that earned him honors as the meet’s top male performer. “It doesn‘t phase me. I‘ve done it so many times that it becomes normal.”
Devin Savwoir got Curtis on the board early winning the shot put (53 feet, 7 ½ inches). On the track, the Patriots were everywhere even in events they didn’t win.
Trey Stewart was third in the 1600, Austin Brown got second in the 800 and fifth in the 400, and Travis O’Connor was third in the 300 hurdles.
Other area winners included Lusher’s Ryan Theyard, who won the boys triple jump (44-10 ¼).
For the girls, Academy of Sacred Heart had two winners; Ellie Silvia won the high jump (5-4) and Megan Johnson won the 3200 (12:05.81).
Parkview Baptist’s Jade Hayes was the outstanding girls performer with wins in the long jump (17-6 ¼), triple jump (37-9) and the 200 (25.00).