Injuries can’t slow Mandeville’s Chelsey Jones _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- St. Paul's Zach Albright reacts after setting a Class 5A record in the 1,600-meter run at the state track meet.

Mandeville sophomore Chelsey Jones has battled plenty of injuries in the past two years of her running career.

Stress fractures.

Bruised bone in her knee.

You name it.

So Saturday was quite refreshing for Jones, who set a composite record in the 800 meters, winning the event in 2 minutes, 12.04 seconds. She eclipsed the mark of 2:13.55 set by Kelci Lyons of Lafayette in 2011.

“The record was 2:13.55, so I wanted to do 2:12 to pass it and that’s what I did,” she said.

The record was especially gratifying after the injuries she overcame.

“Every time I would catch up with everybody, I would get hurt again,” she said.

Jones success couldn’t come as a surprise though.

Her parents were both runners, and her brother plays football at Kansas State.

“My dad is long distance ,and my mom is short distance, so I have natural talent,” she said. “Plus hard work.”

Jones wasn’t the only 5A winner from the New Orleans area.

Madison Heath of Fontainebleau set a class record in the pole vault, going 12 feet, 7 inches before hurrying off to her high school graduation.

Dominican senior Mia Meydrich set a record in the 1600 meters, winning in 5:04.06.

Meydrich was The New Orleans Advocate’s Cross-Country Runner of the Year last fall.

“It’s so bittersweet because I love my school and wearing the black and white with Dominican on it,” said Meydrich, a Mississippi State signee. “But I try to look at endings as new beginnings. So it’s like you close one chapter and open another one.”

Hahnville junior Brandon Singleton won the 300 hurdles. It’s his first year running the event after focusing on the 110 hurdles last season. He finished second in the 110 hurdles, losing by .08 seconds.

“My goal was to win both of them today,” said Singleton, a receiver on the football team. “The 300 complements the 100, and I think it makes me stronger.”

Michael Seither of Fontainebleau won the shotput with a throw of 54-6.5.

St. Paul’s had two winners to get first-place finishes.

Zach Albright won the 1,600 meters (4:12.82), setting a class record, while teammate D.C. Lipani won the 3,200 (9:20.50).