Donaldsonville girls win title, East Ascension boys take second place in state meet at LSU

Michael Tortorich
D’Andre Jacobs of East Ascension was chosen the Outstanding Boys Performer at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Outdoor Track and Field Meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium.

BATON?ROUGE – The Donaldsonville girls led Ascension Parish teams with a first-place finish in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Outdoor Track and Field Meet over three days at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium.

In Class 5A, East Ascension’s boys team took second with 46 points, as Catholic won with 76. Dutchtown’s boys were fourth with 35, while St. Amant came in 19th with 10 points.

In the girls competition, Baton Rouge High won its third straight Class 5A crown with 84 points. Dutchtown placed fourth with 36. St. Amant took the 16th spot with 10 and East Ascension was 20th with nine.

The Donaldsonville boys placed seventh with 33 points as John Curtis took the top spot with 81.

In Class 1A, Ouachita Christian won the girls division with 81 points. Ascension Catholic came in at 22 with four.

On the boys side, Hamilton Christian took first with 50 points. Ascension Catholic was ninth with 26.

Several local competitors took first place honors and placed in the top three.

Catholic High junior Cole Stafford, a Gonzales resident, was a double winner in the 1,600 and 3,200 to help his team to the title.

D’Andre Jacobs of East Ascension was named the Outstanding Boys Performer. He won the 100 and 200, along with helping the Spartans’ 4x100 team to a first-place finish with a 41.21 time (ninth-fastest mark in the country). He took the 100 in 10.30 and the 200 in 20.90. His 200 time was the fourth-fastest finish in the nation.

Baton Rouge’s Dominique Brisco was the Outstanding Girls Performer.

The East Ascension boys team (constisting of Kerwin Lane, Kadarius Williams, Sione Palelei and Jacobs) held the lead after winning the 4x100, but Catholic went on to claim the top spot after taking the 400. Williams also took second in the high jump.

Dutchtown’s team of Russell Neal, Landon Collins, Torrance Mosley and Corey McBride won the 4x200 with a 1:26.55 time, just ahead of East Ascension’s team mark of 1:27.36.

In the field events, Cody Nickel of St. Amant won the javelin.

Several parish competitors finished in the top three. Shelby Christy of Dutchtown was third in the long jump, while fellow Griffin Terry Hughes took third in the shot put.

Chelsey Deweese of St. Amant claimed second in the shot put. Dutchtown’s Maureen Gross took third in the discus. Casey Ricahrdson of Dutchtown was second in the 100. East Ascension’s Nakiya Smith finished second in the 200.

Dutchtown’s team of Autumn Lee, Lexi Gibbs, Raven Sims and Ka’Nesheia Cobbins took second in the 4x400.

In Class 2A, Ka’lynn Jupiter led Donaldsonville’s girls with a trio of first-place finishes in the triple jump, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

The Tigers’ team of Malya Miles, Teralicia Mercadel, Beaunca Lewis and Bria Sutherland won the 4x200. Mercadel, Lewis, Jupiter and Sutherland also won the 4x400. Mercadel added a win in the 400.

On the boys side, Devon Breaux won the high jump and took second in the long jump for Donaldsonville.

The Tigers also won the 4x100 with the team of Titus Howard, Jevontae Wilson, Edward Green and Tre Brown.

In Class 1A, Ascension Catholic’s Taylor Cavalier took a pair of second-place honors in the 800 and 1,600.

Zachary Capello was second in the 3,200 for the Bulldogs.

Donaldsonville’s Ka’lynn Jupiter won three events.