Parish track stars qualify for state meet
After powerful showings in the district track meets the week before, parish schools competed in regionals last week to see which teams and competitors qualified for the state meet.
The Ascension Catholic girls had the best outing of all parish teams as they won their regional. The boys finished sixth.
Sophie Daigle had a huge day for the Lady Bulldogs as she won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. She was also a part of Ascension Catholic’s 4 x 400 team that took first place.
This led to Daigle being named the track MVP.
Kenshell Davis was the field MVP as she won both the shot put and the discus events.
Also for the Lady Bulldogs, Stephanie Breaux won the 300 hurdles and finished as runner-up in the 800.
Ascension Catholic earned third-place finishes from Haley Dupre (1,600 and 300 hurdles), Bailey LeBlanc (javelin) and Whitney Eure (400).
For the boys, Thomas Daigle won the 800, and Luke Spano won the pole vault. Daigle was also runner-up in the 3,200.
Logan Thibodaux qualified for the state meet with a third-place finish in the 3,200.
After the boys finished as runners-up in the District 5-5A meet and the girls landed in third, Dutchtown took part in the Class 5A, Region 2 event on Thursday.
This time, the girls had the best finish at fourth, while the boys finished in fifth.
St. Joseph’s won the meet for the girls, as Baton Rouge High and Zachary finished behind them.
Once again, Leah Scott was in a class of her own as she won both the long jump (19 feet and six inches) and the triple jump (37 feet and 11 inches). Scott won district titles in both events just a week prior.
Tara Stuntz qualified for the state meet for two events. Stuntz finished as runner-up in the 3,200 (11 minutes and 36.81 seconds) and she was third in the 1,600.
Catholic dominated the boy’s meet, with Zachary, St. Paul’s, Scotlandville and Dutchtown rounding out the rest of the top five.
Parker McBride won the 800 with a time of one minute and 55.68 seconds.
Bryce Moore qualified for the state meet in the 400 as he finished in third.
Dutchtown’s 4 x 200 relay team also qualified by finishing third at the regional meet.
St. Amant had multiple competitors punch their tickets to state.
For the girls, Regan West won the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.87.
Their 4 x 100 relay team was runner-up, and Morgan Tidwell finished third in the shot put.
For the boys, their 4 x 100 relay team also finished in second, and Jerome Turner qualified for the state meet in the high jump as he soared to third place.
The East Ascension boys qualified in the 4 x 100 relay as they finished in third.
In the Class 3A, Region III meet, the Donaldsonville boys finished in eighth, while the girls landed at No. 10.
West Feliciana won the meet for the boys.
For Donaldsonville, the only individual performer to qualify for the state meet was Davon Wright as he finished as runner-up in the shot put with a measurement of 51 feet and 11.5 inches.
Wright is the defending Class 3A shot put champion, and he won the event at the district meet a week earlier.
Also for the boys, the 4 x 100 relay team of Jaquavious Tenner, Tyrae Phillips, Therron Taylor and Christian Bell finished second.
For the girls, Brusly won the meet.
The Lady Tiger 4 x 100 relay team of Kelsey Daggs, Daija Harvey, Keiro Deza Johnson and Quinntryce Bell placed third.