Parish track performers win titles at state meet

Kyle Riviere

It was another widely-successful state track meet over the weekend for Ascension Parish.

Though no teams from the area were able to capture a championship, two parish performers claimed individual state titles, and many others earned runner-up honors.

In the Class 5A meet at Bernie Moore Track Stadium at LSU on Saturday, the Dutchtown boys and girls were both able to finish in the top 10.

The girls had the best finish at No. 7. Zachary took home the state title, Lafayette was runner-up and St. Joseph’s Academy, John Curtis and Hahnville rounded out the rest of the top five.

Once again, the Lady Griffins were led by Leah Scott. The sensational senior ended her career in style as she took home state titles in both the triple jump (40-1.25) and the long jump (18-6).

The two state championships were the seventh and eighth of Scott’s illustrious Dutchtown career.

Another top-five finish for Dutchtown came from Jordan Brown as she finished fourth in the pole vault with a vault of an even 11 feet.

The Dutchtown boys finished in ninth. Zachary won the boy’s meet, and John Curtis was runner-up. Scotlandville, Denham Springs and Ouachita Parish finished out the rest of the top five.

The Griffins’ best performance came from Alec Snell. Snell finished as runner-up in the 800 with a time of one minute and 57.88 seconds.

Noah Gray was sixth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.12.

The Griffin 4x400 relay team placed third.

As for St. Amant, they saw a terrific performance from Regan West.

West brought home a state title in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.42. She also placed fifth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.57.

The boys were led by Dustin Boudlache, who placed third in the discus with a measurement of 142 feet.

Also on Saturday, the Donaldsonville track squads competed in the Class 3A state meet.

The girls had the best finish at No. 14. Academy of Sacred Heart won the meet, with North Webster finishing in second, West Feliciana in third, Mentorship Academy in fourth and Brusly in fifth.

The Lady Tigers’ best finish came in the 4x100 relay event, where they placed third.

The Donaldsonville boys finished in 22nd. The West Feliciana boys took home the state championship, Berwick was runner-up and Erath, Lusher Charter and North Webster rounded out the rest of the top five.

The Tigers were led by sprinter Christian Bell. Bell placed third in the 100 with a time of 10.74 seconds.

The Class 1A championships took place on Friday. Haynesville took home the state crown.

The Ascension Catholic boys saw their best performance come from Northwestern State signee Thomas Daigle. Daigle finished as runner-up in the 800 with a time of two minutes and 0.25 seconds.

After losing Southeastern signee and last year’s 800, 1,600 and 3,200 state champion Sophie Daigle, the Ascension Catholic girls fell short of winning a third straight 1A crown.

However, the Lady Bulldogs still put together a top-10 finish, landing at No. 9. Lafayette Christian won the state title.

Ascension Catholic was led by eighth-grader Arianne Linton. Linton finished as runner-up in both the 100 (12.51) and the 200 (25.65).

Haley Dupre placed fifth in the 1,600 with a time of five minutes and 53.93 seconds.

Finally, the Lady Bulldog 4x400 relay team finished in fifth.