Hahnville High School senior hurdler Brandon Singleton dyed his hair blonde a few months ago on a whim.
He had attended several football camps where players were wearing bright colors, so his dad jokingly said he should dye his hair. He did.
But it wasn’t just his do that made him stand out at Tad Gormley Stadium on Saturday in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic.
It was his showing in the 110-meter hurdles, where he repeated as meet champion with a time of 14.10 seconds.
“I felt like I ran well,” Singleton said. “The wind was a big factor. With the competition I had, it felt like a statement meet. With this being only my second track meet (this season), I feel like I am no where near my peak so I just have to go back to the drawing table and keep working.”
Singleton finished short of the Sugar Bowl meet record of 13.93 set by St. Augustine’s Harry Jones in 1994.
He said the record wasn’t on his mind, although there were many in attendance who thought he had a shot at it.
“I just focus on my race and I don’t take all of that into consideration and do what I can do and have fun,” Singleton said.
Singleton, a Cal football signee, said he could possibly try both sports in college.
“They gave me the option to,” he said. “It’s my decision, but I haven’t decided yet. It’s a possibility though.”
Singleton came close to pulling off a rare Sugar Bowl double, but finished second in the 300 hurdles to North DeSoto’s Christian Boyd.
Boyd won in a time of 37.90, breaking his own meet record of 38.02 he set in 2014.
It was one of three records shattered Saturday in the Day 2 of the meet comprised of teams from Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Sean Collins, a senior at McGill-Toolen (Alabama), set a record in the pole vault, going 17 feet, 2.25 inches. He broke the mark of 17-2 that Devin King of Jewel Sumner set in 2013. Collins’ mark is the second highest pole vault in the country this season and was good enough to earn him Outstanding Field Performer honors.
Outstanding Track Performer honors went to Carlton Orange of Memphis University School.
Orange, an Arkansas signee, broke the meet record in the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.94, breaking the old mark of 1:51.55 set by St. Augustine’s Jerjuan Williams in 2005. Orange’s time is the top time in the nation this season. His MUS teammate, Terrell Jackson, finished in 1:51.17, currently the nation’s second fastest time.
In one of the day’s most anticipated races, Edward Davis of Edna Karr won the 100 meters (10.59), edging Memphis White Station’s Terry Wright and Destrehan’s Kirk Merritt.
“It feels good since I won, but it’s always just friendly competition,” said Davis about going head-to-head against Merritt.
The two have raced together on summer track teams.
Brother Martin senior Chace Edwards won the day’s final individual race, taking first in the 3,200 meters in 9:45.16.
“I felt like I competed well,” Edwards said. “That was my main goal, just to compete. I feel like when I just come in and compete, that’s when I do my best.”
Other local individual winners Saturday were Mandeville’s E.J. Pomykol (discus, 152-3); Landry-Walker’s Danvayon Pickett (high jump, 6-2) and Lusher’s Ryan Theyard (triple jump, 45-0.5). The McDonogh 35 4x100 relay team of Ivan Brooks, Anferne Burthlong, Trayon Sanders and Jared Miles won their event in a time of 42.51.
Hoover (Alabama) earned 73 points to win the Sugar Bowl Classic for a record sixth time. Brother Martin’s 26 points was the most for a local team.