Samantha Zelden’s javelin was a little heavier than usual, because of the wet conditions Saturday.
And the runway was a bit slippery, too.
But that didn’t stop Zelden, a senior at St. Scholastica, from making her way into the record books of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic.
Zelden set a meet record with a throw of 148 feet, 9 inches. She broke the mark of 146-1 set two years ago by Kristen Clark of Ruston.
“I went into the meet with one goal to hopefully reach that record, so to be able to do that was spectacular,” Zelden said. “Especially considering the conditions. I tried to just make a nice easy throw, and I hit everything just right.”
It was the second Sugar Bowl title in as many days for Zelden, who won the discus (111-5) Friday.
She was named Outstanding Field Performer of the meet for a second straight year.
“It’s very satisfying,” said Zelden, an Alabama signee. “I was hoping to get as many points for my team as possible.
Zelden was one of just two New Orleans area athletes to win individual girls titles at the meet at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Karr’s Rikianne Patterson won the long jump with a leap of 18-101/2.
Mandeville’s 4x400 relay team (Claire Crosby, Andie Flanigan, Elizabeth Baird and Chelsey Jones) won with a time of 4 minutes, 4.87 seconds.
Zachary’s Janie O’Connor was the only other double winner, claiming titles in the 100 (12.04) and 200 meters (24.87).
Zelden’s meet record was one of three set this year. Margaret Ollinger of McGill-Toolen in Alabama set a pole vault record (13-1) Friday and the 4x200 relay team from Clinton (Mississippi) High broke a meet record with a time of 1:37.48. It broke the mark of 1:39.17 set by McDonogh 35 in 2013.
Monica Mosley, who ran on the record-breaking relay team, was named Outstanding Track Performer after also winning the 300 meter hurdles.
Clinton also won the team title, making it the third straight year that an out-of-state school took top honors.