Parish track standouts make All-Metro team

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Ascension Catholic's Maerys Joseph (middle) was named All-Metro after winning her third straight 800 state title. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

After a tremendous track season that saw the Ascension Catholic girls win another state tile and many other parish performers do well in the district and state meets, standouts from multiple parish schools were recognized.

Last week, the Baton Rouge area All-Metro team was released, and many Ascension track stars made the list.

On the boy’s team, East Ascension’s Lamarcus Jefferson made the squad for the 100. His time of 10.74 was the third-best in the area. Jefferson won the district title in the event and finished fourth at the state meet.

Dutchtown’s Parker McBride made the team as well for the 800. This year, his time of one minute and 57.87 seconds was the fastest of anyone in the area. McBride finished second in the event for the district meet.

McBride’s teammate Ben Vasterling—a Southeastern signee—made the All-Metro squad for the 1,600. His best time was four minutes and 27.93 seconds. Vasterling won the event at the district meet.

Teammate Zach Kilpatrick—a UL-Monroe signee—earned All-Metro honors for both the 110 and 300 hurdles. His time of 38.65 in the 300 hurdles was the best time of any area performer. Kilpatrick won the 300 hurdles and finished second in the 110 hurdles at the district meet.

Dutchtown and St. Amant’s 4 x 100 relay teams both earned All-Metro honors.

The Griffins’ Jordan Zuppardo made All-Metro in the discus event. His best measurement in 2016 was 145 feet and nine inches. He finished as runner-up at the district meet.

St. Amant’s Keilan Raven made All-Metro in both the long jump and the triple jump. Raven was runner-up in both events at the district meet, and he was runner-up in the long jump at the state meet.

The Ascension Catholic girls had a tremendous season as they hoisted yet another state title, while the boys finished as runners-up.

“A lot of it has been getting our cross-country runners, keeping them together and getting solid distance performances in the 800, the mile and the two-mile,” head coach Rocky Capello said. “That has built a good base for us, and we’ve been able to score in the field in the javelin and in the shot put. We get the big points in the distance events and other points here and there, and it really helps us get over the top.”

Ascension Catholic’s Maerys Joseph made the All-Metro squad in the 800. Her time of two minutes and 16.10 seconds was the area’s fastest time. Joseph won her third straight state title in the event this season.

Teammate Sophie Daigle was an All-Metro selection in the 3,200. Her best time was 11 minutes and 49 seconds. She finished third at the state meet.

Lady Griffin Nicole Broussard—a UNO signee—made All-Metro for the triple jump. Her best measurement was 35 feet and 10 inches. She finished third in the event at the district meet.

Finally, Dutchtown’s Leah Scott made the All-Metro squad in both the long jump (18-11) and triple jump (37-8.25). Both measurements were the best in the area this year. She won state titles in both events.

For her 2016 success, she was named the girl’s All-Metro Outstanding Field Performer.