No one was surprised when Jewel Sumner’s Devin King won the Class 3A pole vault with a record height.
When the Tangipahoa Parish-based Cowboys threatened to upstage powerful John Curtis, plenty of people took notice. Curtis didn’t take the lead until the next-to-last event when distance runner Devin Keith won his third event of the day after a 90-minute-weather delay .
Even with that the Patriots needed a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay to wrap up the 3A boys title with 87 points at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/State Farm Outdoor Track and Field meet Saturday night. Sumner was a close second at 84, while Evangel (62) was third at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadiu,.
“It was good meet, it was close,” Sumner coach Jay Stuckey said. “It came down to the last 100 meters of the last race, and you can’t ask for more than that.
“All of our guys stepped up. Devin, of course, did in the pole vault. My 3,200-meter runner is a sophomore and to have a chance he had to finish ahead of Curtis’ No. 2 guy, and he did that. There were a lot of others.”
King, who set a national mark during the indoor season, shattered one of Louisiana’s oldest existing records. The previous record by Marksville’s Timmy Bihm was set in 1986.
By the time King attempted 17-3 to set a state mark he had already won the event. He cleared 17-3 and then soared over 17-8, posting the nation’s top outdoor mark. He was voted the 3A boys Outstanding Performer.
“It’s senior year. I came wanting to break the record, and I did that,” King said. “That’s really all you can ask for. It was perfect today. I didn’t have the weather or anything else working against me.”
King was not the only 3A record-setter. LSU signee Aleia Hobbs of McMain set girls class records while winning the 100 meters in 11.49 seconds and the 200 in 23.86. She was voted the girls Outstanding Performer.
St. Louis Catholic-Lake Charles won its second straight 3A girls title with 84 points, finishing ahead of Sacred Heart-New Orleans (50) and McMain (44).
The win by King was a sign of things to come for Sumner. The Cowboys started the running events with a win in the 4x200-meter relay in 1 minute, 26.72 seconds and later won the 4x100 in 42.30 seconds.
Sumner’s Ishmael Warren picked up a win in the triple jump with a leap of 45-7, to go along with a second place in the long jump.
There were more wins to count, Benjamin Jones’ win in the 100 meters in 10.79 seconds, just one-hundreth of a second behind John Curtis’ Terrance Alexander.
By the time the Cowboys won the 4x100 they led the boys division with 62 points, 10 ahead of Curtis.
But Curtis closed the gap to three points at 66-63 when Georgia Moreira won the 300 hurdles for Curtis in 38.59.
Alexander won the 200 for Curtis in 21.91, but Jones was second, keeping Sumner in front by five points going into the meet’s final two events.
By contrast, St. Louis had already opened up a huge lead in the 3A girls race, leading by 29 points after the 4x100. The Saints scored points in multiple places in several events, including a 1-2 finish in the javelin by Alexis Rigmaiden and Drew Chatters.
Donaldsonville’s Floyd Foster and Baker High’s Dynasty Williams were the Baton Rouge winners in 3A. Williams won the 3,200 meters in 11:50.69 and also was second in the 1,600. Foster won the discus in 153-4.
U-High’s Hank Patrick was second in the 1,600 and 3,200. Glen Oaks’ 4x400 relay also claimed the No. 2 spot. Parkview Baptist’s Joel Smith (800) and Port Allen’s Nick Parker (110 hurdles) and Telson Allen (high jump), had third places in the boys division.
Brusly’s Taylor Shaw (400) and West Feliciana’s Auslyn Taylor (discus) had second-place finishes in the girls division.