The thrill of victory can be a great thing, but sometimes the agony of defeat is the perfect motivator. Just ask Jehovah-Jireh’s Randy Carter Jr.
After getting edged in the 1,600 meters, Carter came back with a vengeance to win the 800 and finish second 3,200 meters to help the Warriors claim a third place finish in Class C at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Outdoor Track & Field meet.
“I was just very angry that I lost that mile,” Carter said. “And I gave it my all in the 800 to make sure I left everything on the track. My first 200 was the key.
“I had to make sure no one caught me.”
Carter’s winning time of 2 minutes, 2.45 seconds was a personal best in the 800. His second-place time of 4:36.80 in the 1,600 was just four-tenths of a second behind Holy Rosary’s Alex Lewis. Carter finished his day with a second place to Lewis in the 3,200 meters, finishing in 10:19.55 and voted the Outstanding Boys Performer in Class C for the second straight year.
Ruston-based New Living Word won the Class C boys title with 125 points, followed by Johnson Bayou at 97 and Jehovah-Jireh at 84.
Lake Charles area power Hackberry won the Class C girls title, while Alexandria’s Grace Christian won the Class B boys and girls titles.
“It was right about where we should be, based on the number of kids we came in with,” JJCA coach Dirk Ricks said. “We got quality points in the places we had people entered.
“I know Randy is little disappointed, but he sacrificed for the team and ran all three distance races. If he doesn’t, we’re not in the third place. Next year we’ll come back and work at it to get even better.”
Jehovah-Jireh also got second places from Alvin Johnson (200) and Charles Conic (800).
Hackberry scored 170.3 points to win the Class C girls team title. First Baptist Christian was next at 82, while Epps took third with 57.
First Baptist’s Gabrielle Jennings set two meet records and won three distance events to claim Outstanding Girls Performer honors in Class C.
Jennings set class records while winning the 1,600 meters in 5:00.62 and the 800 in a personal-best time of 2:16.92. She completed her night by winning the 3,200 in 11:36.77 and taking part in the winning 4x400 relay.
Grace Christian scored 86 points to win the girls division in Class B by 25 points over Episcopal School of Acadiana. The GCHS boys team edged Weston by a 66-61 margin to win their Class B crown.
Another distance specialist, ESA’s Samantha Withers, ran away with Outstanding Girls Performer honors for Class B. The eighth-grader won the 1,600 (5:43.75), 800 (2:31.67) and the 3,200 (12:46.65). Like Jennings, Withers also was part of a winning 4x400 relay team.
Hathway’s Kevin Mitchell was the Outstanding Boys Performer in Class B. Mitchell won the long jump with leap of 22 feet, 5 inches and won the 200 in 23.01 seconds.
The only area competitor to claim a victory in Class B was Maurepas’ Trevon Burns, who won the pole vault y clearing 12-0.
While Jehovah-Jireh led the way for Baton Rouge’s Class C contingent, both Louisiana School for Deaf teams grabbed the spotlight with impressive performances. LSD placed fourth in the boys division and fifth among the girls teams.
The War Eagles won the 4x200-meter relay in 1:55.72 and the 4x100 relay in 54.80. Akela Fellows’ second place in the 100 was the top individual performance for the LSD girls.
Justin Flannery won the long jump in 21-10 and placed second in the triple jump.