Just before Archbishop Rummel senior Kristian Fulton jumped the final hurdle in Saturday’s Class 5A 300-meter hurdle final at the LHSAA/Sugar Bowl Track & Field State Championships, he glanced over his shoulder to see where Haughton’s Antonio Woodfork was.

Fulton was nervous going into the final stretch after Woodfork stole the 110-meter hurdles from him earlier in the day when Fulton clipped the last thee hurdles and stumbled his way through the finish line. Woodfork won by .01 seconds.

But the LSU football signee was determined to keep the promise he made to his mother four years ago. Fulton was finally going to be a track state champion.

Fulton won the 300 meter hurdles, the final race of his high school career, with a time of 38.29 seconds, edging out Woodfork by .52 seconds.

“That was on my mind the whole time after (the 110 meter hurdles),” Fulton said. “I thought I had the first one, and I just kept thinking that I had to get a state championship.

“It was great to do this at my next home, doing it in front of my family and for the last time as a high school athlete.”

Fulton placed in all three of his events on Saturday, including third in the long jump with a distance of 23 feet, 3 inches.

He boosted Rummel to a second-place finish in the team competition with 24 of its 42 points. Catholic High of Baton Rouge claimed the top spot with 96 points.

Woodfork, who also won the high jump and was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Athlete for Class 5A, was one of only three athletes to win multiple individual championships, the others being St. Paul’s Eric Coston and Catholic High’s Jace Attuso.

Coston started his day with a win in the 1,600 meter run, leading from start to finish for a time of 4 minutes, 16.66 seconds to defend his title from last season.

The junior finished the day with a defense of his 3,200 meter crown with a winning time of 9:25.74, almost 12 seconds faster than his closest competitor. Similar to the 1,600 meters, Coston never trailed.

“It was very crucial,” Coston said of taking an early lead in the 1,600 meters. “It’s the state meet, big atmosphere and a lot of people are going to try to run their best because it’s state, so trying to get out of those boxed in situations is best for me. That’s the best thing I could have done.”

Reigning indoor state champion John Curtis wasn’t able to complete the season sweep on Saturday, finishing tied for third in the team competition with 38 points. But the Patriots did take home an individual championship.

Austin Brown entered the day with the second slowest qualifying time in the 800 meters but surprised the field with a trip to the top of the podium with a winning time of 1:55.63.

Brown was almost overtaken in the final 100 meters of the race but pulled it out in the end despite second-place finisher Cameron Farris of Pineville quickly gaining ground behind him.

Farris finished just .05 seconds behind Brown.

“I knew going into the race that they were great and had good talent, so I had to do something different, which was get out hard and it definitely helped,” Brown said. “I always struggle finishing, and they got me around the 700-meter mark. But I got to my turnover and it carried through.”

New Orleans metro area schools pulled off the trifecta in the 400-meter dash, with Jesuit’s Jandon Briscoe, Rummel’s Jermie Walker and Fontainebleau’s Ethan Cowan finishing in order.

Briscoe set the pace with a time of 47.63 seconds.