Ouachita Christian’s girls and the Haynesville High boys held early leads before weather halted Class 1A action at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association-State Farm outdoor track and field meet.
Rain and lightning interrupted proceedings shortly after the track events began. The 4x200-meter relays and part of the 1,600-meter runs had been finished. After a delay, the 1,600 was completed before conditions caused officials to postpone the remaining nine track events until 10:30 a.m. today.
“I think the big concern is going to be what are some of these schools going to do with the kids,” LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson said. “If they’re from north Louisiana and southwest Louisiana, they were planning on going home tonight.
“I’m not sure what the outcome of the actual competition will be, or who’s going to run. This definitely could affect that.”
With its strength coming on the track, Southern Lab is looking to repeat as boys champion. The Kittens won the 4x200 relay (1 minute, 30.69 seconds) before the first delay, but trailed Haynesville.
Haynesville scored 38 points with Vermilion Catholic and White Castle within three points.
“I don’t think (the delay) will affect us,” Southern Lab coach Henry Combs said. “I told the kids to keep the same feelings for (Saturday). Everybody is going to be thinking about being sharp.
“We try our best to keep our kids in the moment. Right now, the moment is to go for the title because you never know if you’ll get it back.”
Vermilion Catholic got a boost thanks to an outstanding individual showing by Kyle Zenon. Zenon won three events, the shot put (58 feet, 1½ inches), the discus (164-7) and the javelin (186-6).
White Castle was well-represented by jumpers Robert Franklin and Byron Pierre. Franklin took first in the long jump (22-9½) and second in the triple jump. Pierre won the triple jump (45-1 ½). took fourth in the long jump and was seventh in the shot put.
Ascension Catholic’s Zach Capello won his third straight title in the 1,600 with a time of 4:38.36 in a pouring rain.
Ouachita Christian and Hamilton Christian are among the favorites to take the girls title, and the schools were at the top of their respective standings. The Eagles had totaled 33 points, while Hamilton Christian was at 30.
Ouachita Christian picked up three firsts in the field from Carlyle Wirtz in the triple jump (34-6), Hannah Lutrick in the high jump (5-6) and Kaeli Miller in the pole vault (9-0).
Hamilton Christian won the 800 relay (1:44.97) and also got a win from Nique Griffin in the long jump (18-5¾).
Ascension Catholic’s Stephanie Breaux was a winner in the 1,600 at 5:31.27. Merryville’s Ja’Cinda Carter picked up wins in the shot put (35-9 ½) and the discus (104-7).