On a day that could easily have been defined by porous rain, athletes ensured their shining moments would not be dampened Friday at the LHSAA Class 1A State Championship meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
The running portion of the meet, which began on time despite the inclimate weather, went into a delay that extended more than 70 minutes after a handful of events had been completed.
After a pair of distance events were run on both the boys and girls sides after the delay, the meet was again stopped. After another, shorter delay, it was announced the event would 10:30 a.m. today.
For their part, participants did not display noticeable rustiness from the delay or tentativeness with wet slick conditions before or after the delays. A handful of competitors could be seen smiling and hugging after their events had been completed. But it wasn’t all about the rain this day.
The Southern Lab team of Devin Dixon, Tevis Abraham, Xavier Bell and Devante Bailey captured the 4x200-meter relay, while notching a time of 1 minute, 30.69 seconds. Pointe Coupee Central finished more than a second back at 1:31.99.
On the girls side, it was the Hamilton Christian team of Symonne Texada, Maliyah Franklin, Frankie Griffin and Nique Griffin besting the field by nearly four seconds. The 1:44.97 showing fended off second-place White Castle, which finished in 1:48.57.
In the longer distances, Ascension Catholic’s Stephanie Breaux (15:31:27) outlasted her nearest competitors Addie Burleigh (5:31.97) and Kristen Olinde (5:48.89), both of Catholic-Pointe Coupee in the 1600 meter run.
Earlier, in field events, West St. John’s Quan Scott placed third in the long jump by leaping exactly 22 feet, falling short in his bid for the title behind White Castle’s Robert Franklin (22-91/2) and Haynesville’s Cavontae Critten (22-33/4).
The boys discus competition was not as close. Vermilion Catholic’s Kyle Zenon separated himself from the field in lengthy fashion, besting the field by 17 feet.
Zenon’s 164-7 toss outdistanced Ouachita Christian’s Micah Dye (147-8).
In the girls discus, Merryville’s Ja’Cinda Carter claimed the title under closer circumstances.
Carter fended off her challengers to claim the title with a throw of 104-7. Placing second and third were Keri Yarbrough of St. John (103-1) and Alana Arivie of Oberlin (100-0)
In other girls action, Ouachita Christian’s Kaeli Miller surpassed Cedar Creek’s Irie Ewers and Carly Bowman in the pole vault by clearing 9 feet. Ewers and Bowman cleared 8-6. In the triple jump pit, it was Carlyle Wirtz of Ouachita Christian won with a leap of 34-6.
In the challenging boys 1,600, Ascension Catholic’s Zach Capello won with a time of 4:38.36.
Haynesville leads in 1A boys with 38 points and Vermilion Catholic is second with 36 points.
In Class 1A girls, Ouachita Christian leads with 33 points, and Hamilton Christian is in second with 30.
West St. John’s Quan Scott placed third in the long jump by leaping 22 feet.