Versatile Keterra Harris wins Class 2A outstanding performer _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Newman's Haley Johnson takes first in the Class 2A 3,200-meter run at the LHSAA state track meet Saturday at LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium.

Keterra Harris wore her lucky blue socks into LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium on Saturday.

She left wearing a big smile.

The St. Mary’s Academy senior finished her high school career by winning the 400 and the 800 meters to win Outstanding Performer honors in Class 2A of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Track State Championships at Bernie Moore Stadium.

She also finished second in the 200 meters.

“I have basically been running my whole life, so it feels good to have accomplished something like this my last year,” said Harris.

“It lets me know that people are watching. I felt like I ran fast in the 200 too, but I ran three races today. I gave it my best, and I can walk away with a smile.”

Harris ran season-best times in all three races and ran a personal best in the 800 (2:16.23).

She ended her career with five state championships after winning the 400 as a junior, the 800 as a sophomore and an 800 indoor title this year.

She is undecided where she will run in college, but has offers from LSU, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State and Winston-Salem.

“Hopefully I will decide by the end of this month,” she said. “It’s tough. It will just depend on if I want to stay close to home or go far away.”

Newman distance runner Haley Johnson was the only other 2A girls winner from New Orleans.

Newman finished fifth in the team competition with 401/2 points.

Episcopal won the girls team title, outscoring St. Thomas Aquinas 85-75.

Johnson won the 3,200 meters in a time of 11:58.31.

On the boys side, the Carver relay team of Tyrone Barrow, Lonnie Warren, Carlius Joseph and Rodney Major finished second in the 4x100 relay Saturday after also having a runner-up finish in the 4x200 on Friday.

Major also finished second in the 400 meters (49.88).

Episcopal also won the Class 2A boys title, scoring 85 points. Lakeside finished a distant second with 45.

Newman finished fifth and Carver sixth.

Lionel Dufrene of Fisher was the only boys 2A winner from a New Orleans area school.

Dufrene won the discus Friday with a throw of 129 feet, 9 inches.