As the West Feliciana High boys team walked on the Bernie Moore Stadium track at LSU one final time, athletic director Robb Odom pulled the seniors and aside and pointed to his right ring finger.
At first, the seniors were confused and Odom said, “Come to school first thing Monday ... you’re getting measured for rings.”
Getting rings for winning a state champion is nice. But winning a state title in Class 3A at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA state track & field meet on Saturday also has a nice ring to it.
It’s something the Saints haven’t done since 1996 and afterward, coach Preston King was bursting with pride. Knowing that WFHS baseball team won twice on Saturday to advance to the state tourney was just icing on the cake.
“We’ve run and competed well all year,” King said. “It’s great to be able to say we won district, regional and state meets in the same year. The big difference for us this year was confidence. They believed they could do it.”
West Feliciana finished with 59.50 points. Jewel Sumner and E.D. White Catholic tied for second at 38.
The Brusly High girls wanted to make it a District 6-3A sweep. Finishing third with 56.50 points behind Lusher Charter (84) and St. Louis Catholic (61) was a solid feat.
Especially when you consider one more fact — WFHS’ Darius Davis and Brusly’s Taylor Shaw claimed the Outstanding Performer honors.
“This was the perfect day,” Brusly’s Shaw gushed. “Winning three (individual, relay) state titles is still sinking in. I had personal bests, and we did our best as a team. District 6-3A was so well represented.”
Shaw won the 100 and 200 meters, was third in the 400 meters and anchored the winning 4x200-meter relay. Davis, a sophomore who missed most of last season with a hip injury, was a double winner and also helped power a relay.
“It was hard not being able to compete last year,” Davis said. “I thought the 200 was the best race, but I can’t help being happy, especially for the team.”
Ricky Chatman won the shot put in 52-4 and set the pace for the West Feliciana boys, King said. WFHS also won the 4x200 relay in 1 minute, 26.66 seconds and also got a second-place finish in the 100 from Derek Turner and held a slim lead on E.D. White. Through 12 events, the Saints had 31.50 points and the Cardinals were at 27.
Davis’ win in the 400 meters was impressive at 48.72 seconds.
The best part was that it pushed West Feliciana’s lead to 14 ½ points over EDW. Davis later won the 200 in 21.61 seconds, and Turner was second to put the finishing touches on WFHS’ title run.
The Brusly girls started fast, too.
Shaw ran the anchor leg and helped push the Panthers past Lusher Charter in 1:41.41. Shaw and Spates then took the top two spots in the 100 meters.
Shaw’s winning time of 11.85 seconds and Spates’ was 12.13. Brusly soon dropped as low as fifth in the team standings behind a group that included Lusher and Sacred Heart-New Orleans.
The Panthers finished sixth in the 4x100, an extremely close race in which the top seven teams were separated by a second and a half.
Spates was second (57.05) and Shaw took third (57.26) in the 400. The 14 points the duo scored vaulted the Panthers into second place with 42.50 points, just 7.5 behind Lusher.
St. Louis Catholic’s one-two finish in the discus knocked Brusly back to third place. Shaw won the 200 in 24.83 and Spates was fourth.
There were some other local highlights.
Glen Oaks won the boys 4x400 relay in 3:24.25. West Feliciana’s Jene’t Campbell won the girls 300 hurdles in 47.32.