With the LHSAA indoor track meet coming up in two weeks, the Last Chance Qualifier track meet at LSU gave high school athletes once more chance to hone their skills.
With no team scoring to keep up with, the meet was all about posting a qualifying finish or improving on a previous mark.
One athlete who took advantage was Zachary ninth-grader Orsciana Beard, who won two events. The Lady Broncos have their eyes on unseating defending girls indoor champion Lafayette.
For Beard, it started with a winning leap of 38 feet, ¾ inches in the triple jump. Later, she edged Erath’s Troynae Walker and St. James’ Keionne Octave to win the 60-meter hurdles with time of 9.28 seconds.
“I was looking to run a (personal record). I felt good,” Beard said after the 60 hurdles. “We feel like we’ve got a good chance (to win state). We’re working hard.”
Also posting a win for Zachary was Kristian Jackson with a winning throw of 41-2 in the shot put.
The Lafayette girls got a win from senior Angelle Primeaux in the 800-meter run. The defending champion in the event, Primeaux had her sights on two minutes, 14 seconds, but settled for a winning time of 2:20.66. Primeaux came back to run the anchor leg on Lafayette’s 4x800 relay, which posted
a winning time of 10:01.22.
“I was hoping to break the state record. It didn’t happen, but there’s always the state meet,” said Primeaux, who hasn’t lost a race this season.
“We lost a couple of really good seniors, but we’re filling in the spots. Every time we lose someone then another girl steps up. We have a lot of depth.”
Also looking to challenge for the girls title will be St. Joseph’s Academy. The Redstickers got a win from Lauren Hendry in the 3,200 with a time of 11:34.81. It was a quick turnaround for Hendry, who ran the second leg of her team’s 4x800 relay, but one she said
“Today was the first time we tried this double,” said Hendry, who was fourth in the 3,200 at last year’s state meet. “We wanted to see how it would affect my 3,200, but it didn’t do too bad.”
In boys competition, John Curtis picked up wins in the shot put, the 4x200 and the 1,600. It also got a win from Corey Wren, who was first in the 60-meter dash with a field house composite record of 6.80.
West Feliciana’s Kam Jackson was close behind Wren with a time of 6.84.
Zachary’s Sean Burrell has taken up hurdling again this season, and won the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.28.