Parish track stars win big at state meet

Kyle Riviere
The Ascension Catholic girls celebrate their third straight state title.

Ascension Parish saw some strong performances from their track athletes at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Track Meet at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium over the weekend, but none were stronger than that of the Ascension Catholic Lady Bulldogs.

Behind a superb MVP performance by Sophie Daigle, Ascension Catholic squeezed by Haynesville late in the meet to claim their third straight state championship.

The Lady Bulldogs scored 22 points over the course of the final two events to put them over the top. Most notably, they scored 18 points in the 3,200 after Daigle won the event with a time of 12 minutes and 2.90 seconds and teammate Breanna Bernard finished second.

In being named the Class 1A track and field Most Outstanding Athlete, Daigle put together a brilliant day.

She started things off with a victory in the 1,600 at five minutes and 33.17 seconds. She followed that up with a win in the 800 at two minutes and 25.03 seconds.

Daigle finished off the sweep of the distance races with the 3,200 state title, and she still didn't appear to be breathing hard when she completed the two-mile scamper.

Finally, she anchored the Lady Bulldogs' 4 x 400 relay team. Heading into the event, they knew they had to finish in the top four to win the state title.

Daigle put everything she had left in the tank in finishing fourth in the event--insuring Ascension Catholic their third straight championship.

Other strong performances by the Lady Bulldogs included Kenshell Davis finishing third in the shot put and fifth in the discus.

Haley Dupre finished third in the 1,600, and Stephanie Breaux landed in third in the 800.

Breaux put in a courageous performance.

Due to a preexisting heart condition, she passed out after competing in the 300 hurdles. She didn't let it stop her. Breaux was back for the 4 x 400 relay to do her part in clinching the state title.

Whitney Eure finished sixth in the 400 for Ascension Catholic.

The boys finished the meet in eight place.

Thomas Daigle led the way for them as he brought home a state title in the 800--finishing the event with a time of two minutes and 1.15 seconds. He also finished fifth in the 3,200.

Teammate Logan Thibodaux finished third in the event.

In Class 3A, the Donaldsonville boys finished in 14th.

Davon Wright was their top performer as he finished as state runner-up in the shot put with a measurement of 53 feet and 6.5 inches. Wright won the state title in the event last year and was District 6-3A champion in 2017.

The Donaldsonville boy's 4 x 100 relay team was runner-up, and the girl's team finished in third.

In Class 5A, the best finishes came from the girls. Dutchtown finished in seventh, while St. Amant landed in 15th.

Leah Scott was the big winner for Dutchtown as she won the triple jump state title for the second straight year with a jump of 37 feet and four inches. Scott also finished as runner-up in the high jump.

Teammate Tara Stuntz also had a strong performance for the Lady Griffins as she finished second in the 3,200 with a time of 11 minutes and 23.81 seconds.

For St. Amant, Morgan Tidwell was state runner-up in the javelin with a throw of 127 feet and one inch.

As for the boys, Dutchtown finished 21st, St. Amant was 27th and East Ascension was close behind in 28th.

The only top-three performance came from the Griffins' Parker McBride. McBride won the state title in the 800 with a time of one minute and 52.68 seconds.