The end of an era and a heartbreaking finish made Lafayette High one of the big stories at the Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Indoor Championships Saturday.
Pole vault specialist Mondo Duplantis made his final high school indoor meet memorable by setting LHSAA and Carl Maddox Field House records.
Duplantis cleared 18 feet, 8¼ inches to easily win his fourth Division I indoor title in record-setting fashion. He missed three attempts at 19-0¼, a mark that would have set a junior national record.
“I had a rough warmup, which is why my legs started to feel dead at the end. It was a good jump,” Duplantis said of record-setting effort. “It is hard to believe this was my last high school indoor meet. It went so fast. I feel like it was yesterday when I jumped 16-1 and won my first meet as a freshman. It’s been a great high school indoor career for me.”
The Lions and Zachary High girls were tied at 56 points going into the final event, the 4x400-meter relay. Lafayette took the lead on the third leg, but Zachary’s Indya Jackson pulled past Lafayette’s Angelle Primeaux on the final leg as the Broncos won the race in 4 minutes, 6.26 seconds.
In trying to catch and pass Jackson, Primeaux got tangled up with a John Curtis runner near the finish line and did not finish. Zachary won the meet with 66, ahead of defending champion Lafayette at 56. Zachary won its third indoor title in four years.
“We were seeded ahead of them (in the 4x400 relay), but the races are run on the track, not paper,” Lafayette coach Ron Baillargeon said. “Zachary came out and won it. We wouldn’t want it any other way. It was a great meet. We competed like warriors. What can you say about Angelle. It went down to the wire.”
The Lions were not the only Acadiana team to claim a runner-up finish. Berwick got three victories from LSU football signee Kenan Jones, who swept the jumps. The Panthers scored 50 points to place second to Episcopal (86) in the Division II boys competition.
John Curtis won the Division I boys title with 58½ points, with Zachary placing second with 43. Academy of Sacred-Heart-New Orleans won the Division II girls title with 53 points, ahead of St. Thomas Aquinas at 37.
Jones set the pace for Berwick with wins in the Division II long jump (22-4), high jump (6-5) and triple jump (46-3).
Primeaux led the Lafayette girls by winning the 1,600 meters in 5:14.72 and the 800 in 2:19.03. The Lions also won the girls 4x800 relay.
Sprinter Claudasha Watson of Northside was another top competitor. She won the 60 meters in 7.60 seconds. Lafayette Christian’s Bre Porter won the Division II girls shot put with a toss of 36-0. Erath’s Ethan Surie won the 800 in 2:02.57.