On the fast track
Louisiana's top track stars were honored recently as the 2014 Louisiana Sportswriters All-State Track & Field Team was released. A few of Ascension's standouts earned their way onto the team.
The performer that made the greatest impact was Dutchtown Griffin and ULL signee Tyler Hughes.
Hughes had a huge senior year that culminated in him winning the district and state championships in the 110 hurdles.
He also faired very well in the 300 hurdles event. There, he finished second at the district meet and third in the state.
Behind Hughes' success on the track, Dutchtown finished third in District 5-5A and then earned an impressive second-place finish at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/State Farm Outdoor Track and Field meet at LSU.
After the track season came to a close, all of the postseason awards and accolades started coming Hughes' way.
First, he was named first-team All-Metro for the 110 hurdles with a best time of 13.83. He was also named second-team All-Metro in the 300 hurdles--with his best time coming in at 38.97.
As a result, he was crowned Outstanding Track Performer.
And now, he has been named first-team All-State for the 110 hurdles, and he has also been crowned the state's Outstanding Track Performer.
Hughes' teammate Justin Reid also found a place on the All-State team when it came to the 110 hurdles. He finished with the event's fifth-best time this year at 14.44 seconds.
Reid finished fourth in the 110 hurdles at the state meet and along with being named to the All-State team, he was also named third-team All-Metro.
Dutchtown wasn't only represented on the All-State team for individual efforts. Their 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams also made it.
Their 4x200 team recorded the third-fastest time in the state at one minute and 27.13 seconds. Their 4x100 team had the fifth-fastest time at 42.16 seconds.
St. Amant also placed a runner on the All-State squad.
Steven Pirvu finished with the fifth-fastest time in the state in the 800. The 48.75 seconds time earned him a spot on the team.
Pirvu finished third in the event at the state meet and helped lead St. Amant to a second-place finish in District 5-5A.
Ascension Catholic's Zach Capello made second-team All-State in the 3,200. His best time in the event was nine minutes and 18.2 seconds.
He also made the All-State team for the 1,600 where he recorded the fourth-best time in the state this past year with a time of four minutes and 18.88 seconds.
No individual performers made the All-State girl's team. However, two Dutchtown relay teams made the cut. Like the boys, the 4x100 and 4x200 teams were named All-State.
The 4x200 team finished with the fifth-fastest time in the state at one minute and 42.82 seconds. The 4x100 unit ended the season with the second-fastest time in the state at 48.04 seconds.
The Dutchtown girls finished third in District 5-5A, and they finished in a three-way tie with Ponchatoula and Natchitoches Central for ninth at the state meet.