ST. AMANT — Some track teams are built to dominate in one particular area, like sprints or the field events.
The message sent by Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy at the District 5-5A meet was emphatic. Why dominate in one area when you can do it all?
Both schools excelled in the field and on the track to run away with 5-5A team titles on Friday at St. Amant High.
“It’s just about competing,” Catholic javelin specialist Cole McKnight said after placing second. “We push each other in practice and in meets. Our goal is to go 1-2 in every event. We can’t always do it, but we work for it and when it happens, it feels great.”
Catholic rolled up 233 points to finish ahead of Dutchtown at 118 and St. Amant at 66.
The Bears won every field event in the boys division and took the top two spots in five field events. Outstanding Field Performer Jace Attuso helped ignite the fast start. Attuso won the long jump in 23 feet, 9¾ inches and the triple jump in 46-5¼.
It was a similar story for SJA. Landry West won the triple jump in 37-5 and was second in the high jump as the Redstickers tallied 193 points to win the girls title. Baton Rouge High at 139 and Dutchtown at 111 were other top finishers. The top four finishers in each event advance to the Class 5A, Region 2 meet at Catholic on Thursday.
“They (field competitors) did so great,” St. Joseph’s distance runner Gabriella Chauvin said. “Whenever they get off to a great start, it pumps everybody up before we get on the track.”
West was the Outstanding Field Performer. Chauvin got Outstanding Track Performer honors after sweeping the two distance races, winning the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes, 35.37 seconds and the 800 in 2:21.51.
“The field events definitely gave us the momentum today, and it carried over onto the track,” St. Joseph’s coach Charlie Daigle said. “We had a lot of personal bests and season bests, which is what you want to do at a district meet.
“I feel like we maximized our potential to qualify for regional next week and that was another one of our goals.”
Neither team was seriously challenged after the early going. In addition to Chauvin’s two wins, SJA picked up a huge win in the 200 meters from Michaela Mitchell, who won in 25.42 seconds.
Catholic’s Sethan Hollier didn’t win all his events. But Hollier was voted Outstanding Track Performer for after winning the 200 in 21.81 and powering two relay wins. He finished just ahead of East Ascension’s Lamarcus Jefferson in the 200 by .13 seconds. Jefferson ran a 10.91 to win the 100, .15 seconds ahead of Hollier.
“It was kind of a crazy day, some things were up and some were down a little bit,” Catholic coach Pete Boudreaux said. “We qualified well for the regional, which was what we wanted to do.
“Overall there were some very good performances. We won every field event, and I never expected that and we went 1-2 in some events, which gave us a great start.”