MANDEVILLE — The St. Paul’s boys and the Slidell girls won championships at the District 6-5A Track Meet on Tuesday at Fontainebleau High School.
St. Paul’s capped a furious comeback with a sixth-place finish in the 4x400 relay to close the meet. The Wolves only needed one point in the event to surpass Ponchatoula. St. Paul’s finished with 1211/2 points and Ponchatoula, which won the final relay, finished with 121 points.
“It was one of the most spectacular finishes of any track meet I’ve been at in my life,” said St. Paul’s coach Al Nastasi III. “I had actually counted us out with three events to go because things weren’t going our way.”
Slidell’s girls won the championships with 119 points. Fontainebleau finished second with 109 points and Ponchatoula placed third with 91 points.
The Ponchatoula girls took a sizable lead in the field events, posting 73 points to second- place Fontainebleau, which had 38 points heading into the running events. Things really began to tighten after the 13th event, however, with the Green Wave holding an 83-78 lead over the host Bulldogs. Slidell was right on their heels with 77 points.
The Tigers took the lead after 15 events when Shantel Sheeran and Brentney Carroll placed second and third in the 300-meter hurdles. Their effort vaulted Slidell to a 95-83 edge over Ponchatoula. Jessica Harris followed with a win in the 200-meter dash that further pushed Slidell toward the team championship.
“I thought the girls really came through tonight,” said Slidell girls coach Donnie Sorrells. “We had a couple things not go our way, but they picked it up, especially in the track events. They competed hard, and I’m really proud of them for doing that.”
St. Paul’s came from behind in the 3200-meter run to get first and second places from D.C. LIpani and Zachary Albright.
Ponchatoula’s boys were buoyed in the field events with four first places. Steven Barze won the high jump (6-4,) the long jump (23-4) and the triple jump (45-6) en route to being named the boys overall MVP. The Green Wave’s Aaron Basso also won the shot put with a throw of 51 feet, 8 inches.
Girls track MVP was Slidell’s Jessica Harris and the field MVP was Ponchatoula’s Airianna Hamilton Fontainebleau’s Madison Heath was the Girls Overall MVP was Madison Heath.
The boys field MVP was Tre Rollins of Slidell. St. Paul’s Albright was the field MVP.
The top four finishers in each event earned entry to the Class 5A, Region II Meet which is scheduled for April 25 at Dutchtown High School.