Lady Griffins claim Episcopal’s four-way

Staff reports

BATON?ROUGE?- Dutchtown’s April Tasker won four events to help propel the Lady Griffins to the girls’ title at Episcopal High School’s four-way track and field meet?Thursday.

Episcopal won the boys competition with 94 points, and was followed by Dutchtown (76), Walker (57) and Archbishop Rummel (46).

Dutchtown got strong showings April Tasker and Ka’Neshia Cobbins on its way to 96 points. Mount Carmel was second (69) ahead of Episcopal (63) and Walker (48).

Both sophomores, Tasker and Cobbins, turned in most of the top times for the Dutchtown girls, who competed without another sophomore Raven Sims.

Sims was injured earlier this year at the state indoor meet, but is expected to begin workouts before district and regional meets for Dutchtown, a fourth-place finisher at last year’s 5A state outdoor meet.

Tasker won four events, the 100 hurdles (15.7), the 300 hurdles (46.9), the long jump (17-10 1/2) and the triple jump (36-5 1/2).

Cobbins won the 100 (12.5) and the 200 (25.7).

Other winners for the Dutchtown girls were Alyncia Arthur in the 400 (1:03.9), Maureen Gross in the discus (114-0), Brittany Lacy in the shot put (34-6 1/2) and Theresa Kaaihue in the pole vault (9-0).

The Lady Griffins also picked up a first in the 400 relay, and got a boost from distance runner Shelby Jones, who set personal records in the 1,600 and 3,200 while posting second-place finishes in both.

On the boys side, Richard Buckland won the discus with a throw of 132-09, while teammate Terry Hughes was third with a throw of 120-05.

Grant Medine won the shot put with a throw of 47-05 and teammate Shawn Cook was third with a throw of 43-11. Madison Rought won the javelin with a throw of 161-07. Todd Puser also was second in the pole vault clearing 12-03.

Effrem Reed won the 100 and 200 meter runs in 11.0 and 22.5, while teammate Greg Provo was second in the 200 with a time of 23.6. Shaquille Brown won the 800 meter run in 1:56.9 and Jeff Boudreaux won the 1,600 meter run in 4:28.2.

The Griffins also won the 1,600 meter relay in 3:30.8 with a team of Brown,?Boudreaux, Blake Dowdy and Russell Neal.