Devin Savwoir sported a t-shirt with the words “Patriot Power” written across it Friday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
And that is just what it was on the opening day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic as John Curtis took two first-place finishes to start the two-day event.
Savwoir began the day by winning the shot put with a distance of 50 feet, 10 inches (50-10).
Zechariah Blake, an eighth-grader at Curtis, followed Savwoir’s victory by winning the javelin with a throw of 169-5.
It was the second straight Sugar Bowl shot put title for Savwoir.
“There was a little pressure, but not enough that I couldn’t overcome,” Savwoir said. “I came out here confident and tried to do my best.”
Savwoir won both the indoor and outdoor state titles as a junior, but finished third in the indoor this season after battling a nagging shoulder injury.
Savwoir, who also was a defensive tackle on the Curtis football team, said he is about “90 percent” healthy.
“It’s very tough,” Savwoir said. “But like (football coach J.T. Curtis) taught us: ‘no pain, no gain.’ So you have to keep it going. It’s like in the summer time in the heat of August; we keep fighting. So football helps with the mental toughness.”
Savwoir’s personal best is 53-6, set as a junior. His goal, he said, is to get to 58 feet this season.
Savwoir’s teammate, Poni Tu’uat, finished in second by just 2.5 inches with a shot of 50-71/2.
Tu’uat, like Savwoir, also plays defensive tackle for the Patriots football team.
“We just push each other hard during football season and track season,” Savwoir said. “If he needs something, I help him out and if I need something, he helps me out.”
Blake, meanwhile, won the javelin in an event that was dominated by athletes from the New Orleans area.
Chalmette’s Dominic Curole was second (167-11), followed by Jesuit teammates Mark Jaunet (162-9) and Denman McGinnis (149-8).
Rummel senior Kristian Fulton, an LSU football signee, won the long jump with a distance of 21-11 1/2. East St. John’s Kenny Roberson was second (21-8) and Lusher’s Ryan Theyard was third (21-7.5).
Fulton could add two more titles Saturday when he competes in the 110-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles. In Friday’s preliminaries, Fulton had the fastest qualifying time in the 110 hurdles (15.06) and the fourth fastest in the 300 hurdles (40.46).
Kerr senior Jailen Bell had the fastest qualifying time in the 200 meters at 21.87.
After three events, John Curtis is in first place with 34 points and Jesuit is second with 14. East St. Louis (Illinois) is third with 11 points.