Parkview Baptist senior Jade Hayes was on a day-long mission when she lined up in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Outdoor State Track & Field meet Saturday.
Job 1 was to help her team win a state Class 3A title. After that, the goal was to be noticed by any college coaches sitting in the stands at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
While the Eagles didn’t win the state title, Hayes, a senior, did everything she could.
She won the long jump and triple jump, then went over to the track to make it three-for-three when she claimed the title in the 200 meters.
Hayes, the daughter of former Broadmoor multi-sport star Reginald Hayes, earned Outstanding Performer honors for Class 3A girls after scoring 30 of her team’s 31 points as the Lady Eagles finished sixth.
John Curtis won with 63 points, while Lusher Charter (56), Academy of Sacred Heart-New Orleans (46), St. Louis (41) and West Feliciana (34) rounded out the top five.
In the boys division, John Curtis made it a double with 82 points. Franklin (68), Jewel Sumner (54), Bossier (37) and De La Salle (25½) rounded out the top five. Port Allen was the top area finisher in eighth with 20 points.
Hayes started her day with a win in the long jump afterh a leap of 17 feet, 6¼ inches, then went 37-9 to take the triple jump title. She closed her high school career by taking an early lead in the 200 meters and held on to win in 25.00 seconds.
“That was the goal, to go out with a bang this year,” Hayes said. “I wanted to help my team win state, but I needed to impress the (college) coaches.”
She certainly did after coming into the meet seeded first in the long jump, second in the 200 and third in the triple jump. As a junior, she didn’t qualify for state in the 200 or triple jump and was seventh in the long jump.
While she wasn’t expecting three wins, Hayes said a little positive reinforcement didn’t hurt her chances after the heat sheets came out.
“In my head, it was like, ‘Jade, you can do it,’ ” she said with a smile. “The one I’m happiest about is the triple jump. I had a PR (personal record) on all three attempts and went almost 2 feet farther than before.”
The only other Baton Rouge-area winners were Port Allen’s Telson Allen, who took the boys high jump title with a best of 6-6, and Donaldsonville’s Floyd Foster, who claimed the discus title with a throw of 159-4, winning by nearly 17 feet.
Even though she didn’t win an event, West Feliciana’s Raven Davis had a big day with three runner-up finishes in the 100-meter hurdles (15.84), 300 hurdles (46.73) and long jump (17-2¾). Davis also ran on the Lady Saints’ third-place 4x200 relay team (1:45.44).
Among second-place finishers were Brusly’s Taylor Shaw in the girls 100 (12.22 seconds) and Baker’s Iyanna Alexander in the 400 (57.26). Taylor and her Brusly teammates also edged West Feliciana for second place in the 4x200 (1:45.42).
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