McDonogh 35 sprinter Marcquita Stalbert hopes the third time will be just as charming as her past two appearances at the LHSAA/State Farm Track & Field Meet.
St. Paul’s Zachary Albright is aiming for not just a state distance title but his latest record-breaking performance of the outdoor track and field season.
And John Curtis, known for its football dynasty, is trying to add to its growing track dominance, albeit now in Class 3A, while Edna Karr, led by sprinters Edward Davis and Sharkieth Beverly, are hoping to recover from injuries in time for the biggest state meet of the season.
It will all be sorted outing this weekend at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium. The three-day state meet started Thursday with competition in Classes B and C, and continues Friday (1A, 2A) and Saturday (3A, 4A, 5A) with all other divisions.
Stalbert, a Texas A&M signee, has dominated competition in the 100, 200 and 400 meters while forming a McDonogh foursome in the 4x200-meter relay. Her exploits have included a combined 12 indoor and outdoor state titles, and she’s earned back-to-back MVP honors at the 4A state championship meet.
In April, Albright ran 4:12.65 in the 1,600 meters. His biggest competition, though, may come from his own teammate.
Freshman Eric Coston outkicked Albright last fall for the 5A cross country title.
Curtis has accomplished its state streak in Class 2A and is now one classification higher.
Other area athletes to watch:
McMain sprinter Aleia Hobbs is the favorite to win 3A state titles in the 100 and 200 meters. Hobbs will face St. Katherine Drexel’s Shannon Ray, who is scheduled to complete in the 100 and 200 meters, as well as the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays.
Lusher’s Willie Reed could place in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump.
Chelsey Jones will challenge in the 5A 800 meters, as well as compete in the 4x400 relay.
Newman’s Michael Brown enters the 2A 1,600 with one of the best times (4:42.13).