The girls 800-meter run didn’t finish in Katie Fagan’s favor.
The Country Day runner lost her hold on second place coming out of the final turn at the LHSAA/Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Meet, finishing with a time of 2 minutes, 26.98 — .32 seconds behind second place Whitney Euer of Ascension Catholic and her teammate Maerys Joseph who set a class 1A state record with a time of 2:16.57.
By the look on her face at the podium, there was no telling Fagan wasn’t the winner. The Cajuns sophomore may have lost, but she was more than happy to claim her spot in the winner’s circle along side Joseph and Euer.
“I was really nervous coming into this, and my legs felt kind of heavy,” Fagan said with a big smile. “I just wanted to get on the podium. … I’ve never been on the podium before.”
Country Day only sent four athletes to the meet, but Fagan wasn’t the only one to walk away with a medal as the Cajuns finished 11th with 18 points.
Country Day’s Davis Goldenberg earned third place in the girls 1,600 with a time of 5:46.85, while Leigh Maher’s throw of 112 feet, 2 inches was good for third place in the javelin.
“We didn’t have very many people place, but everyone who entered has done really well,” Fagan said. “I’m really proud of us.”
It took West St. John’s Marcus Boudoin a second try to find the satisfaction of the podium after taking a hard fall in the 110-meter hurdles early in the day.
Boudoin was trailing White Castle’s Jacory Jones by a few steps when his lead leg hit the seventh hurdle and he went plummeting into the track.
Boudoin made up for his stumble in the 110 hurdles in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.83 seconds for a second-place finish — .92 seconds behind Southern Lab’s Curtlan Williams who also took the 110 crown.
“I realized after I fell in the 110 hurdles I had to get back and do the best I could do in the 300 hurdles,” Boudoin said. “It just turned out I got second place.
“I wish I had done better in the 110 hurdles but just coming out of here with a medal is a great feeling.
Boudoin was also a member of West St. John’s 4x100 relay team, which finished fifth in one of the tightest races of the day. The Rams finished with a time of 43.79 seconds, just .61 seconds behind winner Southern Lab.
“We had a decent day, but we had a couple of missteps,” West St. John coach Ulysses Frontha said. “… But I’m still proud of them, because it’s been a while since West St. John has had this many kids at the state track meet.”
St. Martin’s Jack Jenkins was the only other New Orleans area athlete to place in the top two spots with his second-place throw of 170-2 in the javelin. Andre Girouard of Vermilion Catholic took first with a throw of 172-2.
Country Day was the top ranked girls program from the New Orleans area in Class 1A with 18 points, putting them just outside the top 10 at No. 11. Ascension Catholic took home the 1A state title with a score of 75 points.
West St. John was the highest ranked boys team from the New Orleans area, totaling 10 points for an 18th-place finish. Southern Lab nearly doubled their next closest competition for the boys team title.