Going where you’ve never or seldom gone before is always the goal for track and field athletes.
Zachary’s Kristian Jackson did just that. She set a meet record with a winning throw of 42 feet, 8¾ inches in the girls shot put to help lead local competitors at the High School Indoor Qualifier on Saturday at LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House.
Jackson, a sophomore who is the defending indoor and outdoor state champion, had only thrown farther than 42 feet once this season.
“Forty-two was the one I was trying to get back to,” she said. “I haven’t thrown it in a while, but I did last year. I wanted to get back to that, and maybe go another foot.
“I felt really happy to get (42 feet) after so long. I was excited.”
Doyline’s Shelby Wain had set the old mark in 2013 at 42-0¾.
A New Orleans area relay team and a top individual also set records during the day-long meet.
Mandeville senior Chelsey Jones helped the Skippers set a record in the 4x800-meter relay.
Jones knew the split times each of her teammates needed to run 9 minutes, 45 seconds. That goal time included a five- second cushion, which turned out to be enough for the Skippers to run 9:50.22 setting a Carl Maddox Field House record in the process. The time edged the old mark of 9:50.98 set in 2004 by Baton Rouge High.
“Coming into this meet, it was the first time we’ve run the 4x800 this year, and we said, ‘We have to break it’,” said Jones, who also won the 800 with a time of 2:20.46.
“We wanted to run 9:45 so (the split times) gave us room to slow down if we had to. When we were on the podium and it was announced, that’s when it really hit us. We really did it.”
Devyn Keith of John Curtis, the 2015 indoor champion in the 800 and 1,600, set a meet record in the 1,600. His winning time of 4:16.98 bettered the 2014 mark of 4:18.31 by St. Paul’s Zachary Albright.
Albright holds the composite record with a time of 4:15.90.
“My training is going well,” Keith said. “Right now I want to keep the up volume and the quality of my reps. I was confident today. I hit some good times.”
With the state championship meet three weeks away, Keith said he feels his best times are still in front of him.
Franklin’s Hakim Ruffin proved to be the fastest sprinter taking first in the 60 with a meet record time of 6.91. Edna Karr’s Sharkeith Beverly ran 6.92 in 2014.
Zachary’s Janie O’Connor ran the second leg of the Broncos 4x200 relay, which won with a time of 1:43.49. O’Connor also won the 60 (7.64).
Catholic High had three individual winners. Nigel Despinasse, the two-time defending champion in the shot put, won the event with a throw of 55-0.
In the long jump, the Bears’ Jace Attuso went 22-6 to take first. The leap was two inches farther than his 2015 mark that placed second at the state meet.
Also placing first was Catholic’s Kam Cummings in the 60 hurdles. The event’s defending indoor champion, Cummings ran an 8.48 to hold off Barbe’s Korey London.
Baton Rouge High’s 4x800 relay bested Catholic and Jesuit to take first with a time of 8:28.22.