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SECOND TO NONE: Douglas dual champion, Brown wins 800; Gators state runner-up

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Wayne Douglas leaped 47-11 to win the Class 5A state title in the triple jump at the LHSAA?State Meet Saturday at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium. Douglas also won the 110 meter hurdles in 14.73.

BATON ROUGE – St. Amant’s Wayne Douglas won both the triple jump and 110 meter hurdles to claim two Class 5A state titles at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium. 

The Gators, with just three competitors, placed runner up for the second consecutive year in team standings with 42 points. Catholic won the team title with 99 points. West Monroe placed third with 38 points followed by Brother Martin with 29. Dutchtown tied Thibodaux and Terrebonne for 14th with 12 points.

Dutchtown’s Shaquille Brown was the only other local boy’s winner claiming the state title in the 800 meter run.

Douglas, also this year’s state indoor champion, edged out teammate Brandon Morris for the title in the triple jump leaping 47-11.

“It is great actually to practice with (Morris) everyday because of the competition,” Douglas said. “He pushes me to get better and I push him to go further. It is just work, work, work during practice.”

Morris, last year’s state champion in the triple jump, cleared 47-08 for second place.

“(Douglas) is like my brother,” Morris said. “Go hard everyday or don’t go at all. That is how we do it.”

Douglas also won the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.73 to defeat Winston Walker’s time of 14.81 from Higgins.

“The hurdles was a surprise,” Douglas said. “I started the hurdles last year. Everything was cool but just getting over the hurdles was the hardest thing for me. I hurt my knee last year but I came back this year and my form got a little better. It still isn’t where I want it to be so I am surprised I won the whole thing.”

Recognized by their long tube socks which often include the color pink, both Douglas and Morris also competed in the long jump.

“It is a good luck charm,” Douglas said. “When we wear these socks, it is always 1-2.”

Douglas placed second in the long jump clearing 23-01 behind Mark Lawson’s leap of 23-10 3/4 from Terrebonne.

Brown passed Scotlandville’s Carol George down the backstretch of the second lap and never relinquished the lead to win the 800 meter run in 1:57.21.

“I went through the first lap and it felt pretty good,” Brown said. “My body was feeling fine so I figured I would try to take the lead in the backstretch and hold it.”

Brown, last year’s runner up and this year’s third place finisher indoors, claimed his first title ahead of George’s time of 1:58.61.

“It was just the adrenaline from knowing you wanted to get first after coming up short,” Brown said. “I really pushed hard. It feels awesome. This is what I have been working for all year and it finally paid off.”

St. Amant’s Chase Keller also placed fifth in the high jump clearing 6-4. Slidell’s Armand Williams won with a leap of 6-6.

Dutchtown’s Richard Buckland finished fifth as well in the discus with a throw of 141-01. Northshore’s Chris Wade won the title with a heave of 154-08.

Dutchtown’s Grant Medine also qualified in the shot put but did not score.

Dutchtown’s Shaquille Brown passes Scotlandville’s Carol George and Captain Shreve’s Ryan Thompson on the back stretch on way to capturing the Class 5A state championship in the 800 meter run Saturday in a time of 1:57.21.