John Curtis’ Preston Curtis receives state coaching award _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- John Curtis' Devyn Keith, winning the 1,600-meter run at the state meet, was one of the top athletes on the Preston Curtis-coach team that claimed the Class 3A championship. Curtis was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association boys coach of the year for Louisiana.

John Curtis continued its track team dominance Saturday.

And McMain’s Aleia Hobbs continued hers as an individual.

John Curtis won its fifth consecutive outdoor title and 10th overall by capturing the Class 3A state title at the LHSAA track championships Saturday night at Bernie Moore Stadium.

Hobbs won her 10th title as well.

The Patriots won the previous four titles in 2A.

“It feels great,” Patriots coach Preston Curtis said. “We really had to overcome a lot, and the guys stepped up and found a way, no matter what. This is five, but it’s the first one with the big boys. I had us projected to be the underdog, but I knew we had a shot. But I knew it would be a battle.”

It was the 10th outdoor state track title for Curtis.

Devyn Keith led the way on Saturday.

The sophomore distance runner won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 as Curtis outscored second-place finisher Jewel Sumner 93-88.

“Devyn is a competitor,” Curtis said. “Whatever we ask Devyn to do, he’s going to get it done.”

The Patriots also got first places from a pair of its football players, who won their third consecutive state championship in December.

George Moreira, an Illinois State football signee, won the 300 hurdles (38.59) and Terrence Alexander, a Stanford signee, won the 200 meters (21.91).

The Curtis girls team got a pair of individual victories.

Monae Lewis repeated as champ in the 100 hurdles (14.52) and 300 hurdles (44.04).

“I just wanted to PR my times and make my coaches proud,” Lewis said. “I want them to know I can compete in practice even though sometimes I whine in practice.

“I just want to keep getting better. Keep racing against that clock.”

Hobbs, the LSU bound McMain senior, doubled in the 100 and 200 meters and anchored the winning 4x200 relay team.

“I am very satisfied with how my career went,” Hobbs said.

She finished her career with 13 first places (10 in outdoor and three in indoor track) and won the 100 meters four straight years.

Next she will run for the college on the same campus she has dominated at the state meet throughout her high school career.

“I love running at LSU,” Hobbs said. “I think that was one of the reasons I wanted to come to LSU because I ran so much here for AAU and then at the state meets. I am going to miss high school, but I am excited about getting ready for college.

Hobbs was named Most Outstanding Performer in 3A girls, while Jewel Sumner pole vaulter Devin King won the honor for the boys.

Lusher’s Willie Reed, a Mississippi State signee, doubled as well, winning the long jump and the high jump.

The Lusher Charter senior barely slept the night before.

Then when he arrived at Bernie Moore Stadium, his spikes didn’t pass inspection.

So he had to scramble to find some spikes, giving him little time to warm up before his first event.

Turns out, none of that mattered.

Reed won the long jump with a leap of 24 feet and 33/4 inches and then went 6 feet, 6 inches in the high jump.

“After my second jump, I was starting to feel it,” said Reed about his first place in the long jump. “Ishmael Warren (of Jewel Sumner) then jumped a 23-1 and that is what really drove me. Just the thought of having someone pushing me helped me out.”

It was his second straight year winning the long jump.

Ellie Silvia of Sacred Heart won the 3A high jump title by clearing 5 feet, 4 inches.

It was her second straight title after winning in 2A last season.

“It was definitely tougher this year,” said Silvia, a sophomore.

The St. Katherine Drexel 4x100 relay team also took first place honors.

The team of marquita Cunningham, Jailla Thomas, Mykia Scott and Shannon Ray won in a time of 48.90.