Edna Karr junior hurdler Harrison Coleman is hoping that Wednesday’s showing at the Bobby Nuss Invitational is just the beginning of bigger things for the Cougars.
Karr scored 85 points and tied for first place with St. Thomas Aquinas in the 50th annual event at Chalmette.
“This gave us a real confidence boost,” Coleman said. “We feel like we could have done even better. We (the Karr boys and girls) are both trying to win state, and we feel we are on the road to win state and just working harder every day.”
Coleman won both hurdles races and was named the Track MVP.
“He’s really waking up,” Karr track coach Nile Legania said.
Coleman won the 110 hurdles in 15.24 secnds and the 300 hurdles in 41.05, just missing his personal best time of 40.0 ran last week at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic.
“It was my first MVP, but I felt like I worked for it,” Coleman said.
Coleman was one of two first-place winners for the Karr boys.
Senior sprinter Jailen Bell, fresh off winning the Sugar Bowl title in the 100 last week, won the 100 (10.64) and the 200 (21.82) in Chalmette.
Karr also got a first place from its 4x200-meter relay team, comprised of Tyrin Ralph, Bell, Coleman and freshman Tariq Mulmore.
Other boys double winners were Alex Lewis of Holy Rosary and Cameron Dantzler of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Lewis won the 800 meters (2:05.48) and the 1,600 meters (4:39.38)
Dantzler won the long jump (22 feet, 8 inches) and the triple jump (44-11/2). Dantzler, a Mississippi State football signee, was named the field events MVP.
Chalmette’s Dominic Curole won the javelin with a throw of 175-5. He is the first athlete, boys or girls, to win an event three consecutive years at the meet.
St. Thomas Aquinas won the girls title, outscoring Karr 84-78.
Karr senior Dimonquie Shannon was named the track MVP.
Shannon won the 300 hurdles (49.76) and also anchored the winning 4x100 (49.31) and the 4x200 (1:47.45). She also placed second in the 100 hurdles.
Shannon’s teammate, Rikianne Patterson, won the 100 meters (12.39) and the long jump (19-3).
Ursuline Academy’s Alysia Terry was the only other double winner, taking first place in the 100 hurdles (16.62) and the triple jump (35-0).
Destrehan’s Jala Richards and Regan Bolton of St. Thomas Aquinas were co-MVPs in he field events.
Karr is hoping to use this success as a springboard and pull off a double at the state track meet in May. The Lady Cougars, coached by Tonya Allen, won the 4A state championship last season, and the boys hope to join the mix this season.
“We are definitely ahead of where we have been in a long time,” Legania said. “The kids seen to be buying into what we are doing. We are where we need to be if we are trying to go for a state title in both girls and boys.”