All-State sprint

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
The East Ascension relay team--led by Sione Palelei--made third-team All-State for the 4 x 100 relay. Photo by Dewey Keller.

The high school postseason honors kept coming last week. This time around, the best track performers in the state were honored by the Louisiana Track and Field Coaches Association.

The LTFCA released their All-State team based on the results at the LHSAA Outdoor Meet, and many faces from Ascension parish showed up on the list.

When it came to the boys, Dutchtown's David Elias was the lone performer from the parish to make the team in an individual event. Elias--who has signed with UL Monroe in football--made the second team in the shot put with a measurement of 56 feet and 10 and a quarter inches.

Elias had quite a year--taking top honors in All-Metro, finishing second in the District 5-5A meet and winning the shot put state title. In doing so, he helped lead the Griffins to a third-place finish in district while Dutchtown finished 10th at the state meet at LSU.

When it came to the running events, East Ascension made the cut with two different relay teams.

First, the team of Kerwin Lane--who made All-Metro in the 200--Michael Sparrow, Tyler Briley and Tyler Green made third-team All-State in the 4 x 200 relay with a best time of one minute and 27.4 seconds.

The Spartans' next team that earned the All-State honors came in the 4 x 100 event. The team of Lane, Sparrow, Briley and football standout Sione Palelei placed on the third team with a best time of 42.1 seconds.

For the year, East Ascension finished second in district and seventh in state.

In the girl's division, St. Amant's three-sport athlete Toni Rodriguez was the parish's lone performer to earn All-State honors from the field.

The recent Female Athlete of the Year was on top of her game all season. She made top honors on the All-Metro team for both the high-jump and the javelin. She also won both events at the District 5-5A meet and was named the meet's Outstanding Field Performer. And at the state meet, she placed third in both events.

She helped lead the Lady Gators to a third-place finish in district.

Rodriguez placed second on the All-State team in the high-jump with a best jump of five feet and four inches.

From the track, Donaldsonville's Ka'lynn Jupiter made the team in two different events.

It should be no surprise considering the amazing year her and her school just finished having. The LSU signee helped lead the Donaldsonville girls to a 3A state title just this past spring.

Jupiter was a second-team All-Metro selection in both the triple-jump and the 100 hurdles.

At the state meet, she put up a powerhouse performance as she won three different events--the triple-jump and the 100 and 300 hurdles.

The success has just continued to accumulate for Jupiter as she was named second-team All-State in the 100 hurdles with a best time of 14.13 seconds.

However, Jupiter got the highest marks in the 300 hurdles event. That's the event that earned her first-team honors with a best time of 42.63 seconds.