Von Julien really didn’t need to do anything special Friday to validate his already highly successful high school career.
But the Riverside Academy senior, also a standout in football and basketball, added one more feather in his cap on his final day wearing a Rebels uniform.
Julien capped off his high school career by winning the Class 2A title in the 200 meters at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Outdoor Track & Field Meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium.
Julien finished in a time of 22.25 seconds and won despite entering the event with the fifth fastest qualifying time in the field and running in Lane 7.
“A lot of people told me I would be able to sprint the whole thing since I have been playing sports all year round,” Julien said. “I just trusted them and took it full speed and I was able to make it. It feels good because nobody really thought I’d be able to do what I did.”
Julien, a point guard, led Riverside to a basketball 3-peat and will play basketball next season at Tulane. He was also a star wide receiver for the Rebels football team.
Antonie Oates of Sophie B. Wright finished second (22.28), just .03 seconds behind Julien.
Julien was one of three individual winners from the New Orleans area in the 2A championships. Northlake Christian’s Gary Sampson won the discus title with a personal best throw of 153 feet, 4 inches.
The senior also had a personal best in the shot put (50-7), but finished second in that event.
“I felt like I did really good, getting a PR in both events,” said Sampson, who recorded 20 sacks at linebacker for Northlake last fall.
The 6-foot-3, 250 pound Sampson will play football at Southeastern Louisiana in the fall.
Newman’s Michael Brown finished first in the 800 meters (2:00.33).
Sophie B. Wright’s 4x200 relay team, comprised of Lonnie Warren, Antonie Oates, Charles Dickerson and Kevin Johnson captured first place in a time of 1:30.11
Episcopal of Baton Rouge scored 111 points to win the team title. Sophie B. Wright finished second with 46 points.
Hannan’s Mitch Morel finished second in the javelin with a throw of 175 feet, 2 inches.
Episcopal’s Alex Dunbar was the lone doubles winner, taking first place in the 1,600 and the 3,200.
Newman’s Haley Johnson finished second in the 1,600 (5:19.52) and the 3,200 meters (11.55.72) for the Greenies, who finished in fourth place.
Newman’s Danielle Wharton also had a second place, coming in as a runner-up in the 100 hurdles in a time of 16.0.
Episcopal scored 81 points to win the team title. St. Thomas Aquinas was second with 70 points.
Reagan LeLeux of Catholic New Iberia set a new class record in the pole vault, going 12- 7. She broke the old mark of 11-8 set by Episcopal’s Karen Pace in 2005.
Two girls doubled Friday.
Ivy Cains of Westminster won the 100 hurdles (15.57) and 300 hurdles (45.35) and Episcopal’s Rachel Misher won the 100 meters (11.74) and the 200 meters (24.71).
The Class 3A, 4A, and 5A championships are set for Saturday.