Lady Griffins claim regional team title

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Lynnika Pitts won the high jump and triple jump at the Division I,?Region II track meet Thursday at Catholic High with leaps of 5-04 and 39-7 1/4.

BATON ROUGE  - Dutchtown’s girls started slow but eventually wound up claiming the Division I, Region 2 overall team title Thursday afternoon at Catholic High’s Grizzly Track.

“People say this a lot, but it really was a total team effort for us,” Dutchtown head girlscoach Bill Jones said. “We got some key points in a lot of different places. And we needed that against Baton Rouge High.”

The Griffins finished with 110 1/3 points to win the girls title, ahead of  Baton Rouge High (96) and St. Joseph’s Academy (68). East Ascension was fifth with 41 points while St. Amant was 13th with five points.

Catholic High took the lead in the boys division six events into the meet and never looked back, scoring 146 points. Northshore of Slidell (70) and St. Amant (60) were next. Dutchtown placed sixth with 34 points and East Ascension was 17th with five points.

The top three competitors in each division advance to the next weekend’s Louisiana High School Athletic State Outdoor Championships at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

East Ascension’s Lynnika Pitts was a double winner winning the high jump with a leap of 5-04 and clearing 39-7 1/4 in the triple jump.

St. Amant’s Wayne Douglas won the long jump with a leap of 21-10 3/4, while teammate Brandon Morris won the triple jump with a leap of 47-11 1/2. They both placed second behind each other in the events they didn’t win to qualify for state while Douglas also qualified in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.93.

Dutchtown’s Grant Medine also won the shot put with a throw of 51-9 1/4.

April Tasker (long jump, 17-8 3/4) and Maureen Gross (discus, 123-4) were early event winners for the Lady Griffins. Tasker  also took second in the triple jump with a leap of  38 1/2 and the 100-meter hurdles in 15.18

Though BRHS scored in two places in several track events and won all three relays, Dutchtown got a second (100, 12.29) and a third-place finish (200, 25.33) from KaNesheia Cobbins. Emily Rezac (second, 2:26.86) and Brooke Bahlinger (third, 2:27.40) broke the school record in the 800.

Jones’ daughter, Shelby, put the finishing touches on the victory for the Griffins by winning the 3,200 in 11:42.36.

Jasmine Briley of East Ascension also won the 100 meter dash in 12.29.

St. Amant’s Chase Keller qualfied in the high jump with a third place finish after leaping 6-4.

Dutchtown’s Richard Buckland placed third in the discus with a throw of 141-2.

On the track, Dutchtown’s Shaquille Brown placed secodn in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:56.87.

East Ascension’s 800 meter relay placed third crossing in 1:46.67, while Dutcthtown’s 1,600 meter relay was second with a time of 4:03.97.

Dutchtown’s Michelle Landry also placed second in the pole vault clearing 8-6.

St. Amant’s Wayne Douglas won the long jump with a leap of 21-10 1/4 and placed second in the triple jump leaping 47-8 1/2.