Bryan Stamey of Episcopal and Newman’s Michael Brown and the rest of the Class 2A boys 1600 meter field ran in a downpour.
Moments after Stamey edged Brown, lightning flashed, causing yet another delay.
It was a fitting end to the day at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 1A and 2A State Track and Field Championships at Bernie Moore Stadium as Mother Nature proved to be the real winner.
After the second lightning delay, LHSAA officials decided to suspend the 1A and 2A running events until 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The small schools will complete their running events just as the Class 3A, 4A, and 5A schools start their field events at 10:45 a.m.
“They talked to the National Weather Service, and this is supposed to keep up until 4 o’clock in the morning,” LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson said.
“You just can’t keep everybody here that long. With the outlook being the way it is, the decision was made to call it a night and come back in the morning and pick up right where we left off.”
Henderson sad it’s the first time in his seven years the meet has been suspended.
“It’s just going to be much different,” he said. “I think the big concern is going to be what are some of these schools are going to do with the kids. If they’re from north Louisiana or southwest Louisiana, they were planning to go home tonight. They’ve got to try and make some kind of arrangements. I’m not sure what the outcome of the actual competition will be or who’s going to run. This definitely could affect that.”
The Newman boys are in first place, leading with 27 points over second-place Episcopal (26) after nine events.
Brown finished his race, run in a downpour, in a time of 4:45.28.
In addition to Brown’s second place, Newman teammates Daron Joiner and Zack Bastrom finished third and fourth, respectively, in the pole vault. Both cleared 11 feet.
In the 2A running events, the Carver relay team (Tyrone Barrow, Lonnie Warren, Carlius Joseph and Rodney Major) finished second in the 4x200 meter relay with a time of 1:31.74. They were edged by Jonesboro-Hodge (1:31.65).
In 2A girls, Avery Rowan of Newman finished second in the high jump. Rowan had a jump of 5 feet, 2 inches.
Riverside’s Kendra Turner, The New Orleans Advocate’s Volleyball Player of the Year, finished third in the shot put with a throw of 34-83/4.
Michelle Mayes, also of Riverside, finished third in the javelin (109-4).
The Episcopal girls are in first place with 28 points with Jonesboro-Hodge in second place. Riverside (15) is fifth, and Newman (13.5) is sixth.