To say that timing is everything at a track and field meet sounds more like a bad pun than an assessment of the competition.
However, Maurepas and Hosanna Christian help lead a group of Baton Rouge metro area teams that hope to be in the right place at the right time at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/State Farm State Outdoor Track and Field Meet on Friday.
Field events for the Class B and C meet will begin at 1:30 p.m. at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium. Running events follow at 5 p.m.
Also scheduled are events for wheelchair and para-ambulatory athletes. This marks the first year of a pilot program for events for para-ambulatory events, which features athletes with permanent physical or visual disabilities. Louisiana is the first state to include para-ambulatory events and one of nine to include wheelchair events.
Maurepas moved down from Class B to Class C this season and made the most of that opportunity by winning boys and girls regional titles last week.
The Wolves lead a contingent in Class C that also features both Family Christian Academy, Jehovah-Jireh and Louisiana School for the Deaf. Hosanna helps lead a Class B group that also features Madison Prep.
“We have a chance to do some things on both sides,” Maurepas coach Jeff Garland said. “For the girls, we have 10 entries and with the boys we have seven.
“Some of our entries are ranked at the top, and others are not. It all depends on how we do on Friday. We’ve got a chance to be in that top three if everything falls right.”
One competitor enters the meet with much more than top three aspirations. Hosanna’s Laticia Watson has the top entry marks in three Class B girls events. Watson leads the way in the 100-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump. She ranks second in the long jump.
“We have to do well in every event we have, but we have a shot to be in the top two for the girls,” Hosanna coach Pat Doise said. “I think Bell City is the favorite, because they have so much depth. On the boys side, I look for Weston to repeat, but you’ve got Midland and a few others who are strong.”
Watson holds the B record in the 300 hurdles. She has already surpassed the existing marks in the triple jump and 100 hurdles in earlier meets.
In Class C, Maurepas has its own multi-threat in Micah Thornton, who has the top pole vault mark and is second in the javelin. Thornton also ranks in the top three in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Tre’ Lessard (400) is another Maurepas boys competitor to watch.
Family Christian’s efforts will be spearheaded by Harry Wiggins, who has the top marks in the 1,600 and 3,200. The Flames’ Quentin Jones is one of three high jumpers tied with the top mark.
Jehovah-Jireh’s Joshua Clark (triple jump) also has a top entry mark. LSD’s Kendell Charles has top three marks in the 110 and 300 hurdles for LSD.
Hosanna’s Deldrick Jones (400) has a top mark in the Class B boys competition and is second in the 200. Madison Prep has several competitors, including Michael Burns, who is seeded second in the shot put.
One of the meet’s top Class C girls competitors will be distance runner Gabrielle Jennings of Slidell’s First Baptist Christian. She has the top marks in all three distance events.
Maurepas’ Ivyleigh Garland is tied for the top mark in the girls pole vault.