Baton Rouge’s chance for an individual state champion in Class 4A came down to the next-to-last race.
St. Michael’s Alex Landry had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 3,200 meters but was facing the defending Class 4A champion in Assumption senior Jacob Daigle.
Landry set the pace early and led for the first four laps before Daigle took the lead and eventually won the 3,200 meters in 9 minutes, 49.08. Landry was Baton Rouge’s highest finisher in second place in 9:59.30.
Cecilia, led by sprinter Raymond Calais, who won the 100 meters in 10.59 and 200 meters in 21.21, won the boys team title with 78 points. Calais also anchored the winning 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams and was named the Outstanding Boys Performer Saturday at the LHSAA/Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Meet at LSU.
Crowley (40.5) was second in the boys team race and Leesville (39) third.
Edna Karr won the girls team title with 48 points. Vandebilt Catholic (44) and St. Thomas More (42) finished second and third.
Daigle also won the 1,600 meters (4:19.31) and repeated the state distance double for the second straight year. Daigle and Landry finished 1-2 at the Class 4A cross country meet.
“I think I ran a good race,” Landry said. “I’ve been setting the pace all year. I missed a few days of training when I was sick. I wish Daigle good luck when he runs at McNeese State next year. I want to be the next state champion, and I plan to work very hard to achieve that.”
Another local athlete who stood out was Tara sophomore Nicholas Scott. Scott was third in the 1,600 in 4:37.19 and fourth in the 800 in 2:01.01. Both times were personal records.
“I was pleased with my times,” Scott said. “I just tried to stay close to the leaders and catch as many runners as I could down the home stretch. My best in the 800 coming in was 2:03, so I was most pleased with my 800 time.”
Scott also plays football and basketball for Tara. He made the state meet last year in two events but placed seventh.
“Last year, I was disappointed I didn’t place, but I learned a lot from it,” Scott said. “I left it out on the track today like my coach said to do. Track is my No. 1 sport now.”
Westgate’s Taylor Fondale won the discus (171-10) and shot put (55-5 1/2).
Washington-Marion’s Christian Edwards won the high jump by clearing 6-10.
Plaquemine’s Nicole Lewis was fifth in the girls 300 hurdles in 48.44 and fifth in the 100 hurdles in 17.59.
Tara junior Tushanna Davis was third in the girls long jump with a PR of 17-1 3/4.
Northside’s Christian Miller, an LSU track signee, won the long jump in 23-31/4 and the triple jump in 51-0. Plaquemine’s Todd Harris was fifth in the triple jump in 43-9.
Northside’s Claudesha Watson won the 100 meters in 12.02 and the 200 in 25.00 and scored 20.5 points for her team. She was named the Outstanding Girls Performer.
Vandebilt Catholic’s Alexa Breaux won the 1,600 in 5:28.30 and the 3,200 in 11:51.29.