Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- McMain's Aleia Hobbs, right, sprints to a first place in the 100 meters with a time of 11.58 seconds in the Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic on Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium. The other runners are St. Katherine's Shannon Ray, Zachary's Janie O'Connor and McDonogh 35's Marcquita Stalbert, right. Stalbert came in second, Ray third and O'Connor fourth.

To the victors go the spoils, even three months after the fact for Zachary High’s Chris Carrier.

Carrier, who coached the ZHS girls track team to the Class 5A outdoor track title in May, has received one of the inaugural U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s high school Coach of the Year awards.

Carrier and John Curtis boys coach Preston Curtis received the USTFCCA’s first Coach of the Year awards for Louisiana. The organization honored a boys and girls coach from all 50 states. Curtis led his team to the Class 3A boys state title

“I was contacted about it back in May or early June,” Carrier said. “I was told this was something they (USTFCCA) was looking at doing for the first time. It’s a nice honor, but the credit has to go to the girls who put in the work and to the assistant coaches we have.”

The title was Carrier’s first as a head track coach. He spent nine years as an assistant at Catholic High before becoming a head track coach at Dutchtown for seven seasons. Last season was his fifth at Zachary.

The Broncos finished third behind Baton Rouge High and Lafayette High in Division I at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Indoor meet. In May, the Broncos edged BRHS 51-50 to win the Class 5A outdoor title at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.