Three parish track performers make All-State teams

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Dutchtown's Leah Scott was named the state's Outstanding Field Performer. Photo courtesy of Sports Scene.

Recently, the best track athletes in Ascension Parish were honored as the Baton Rouge area All-Metro teams were released.

Well, the praise and accolades didn’t stop there. Three area standouts were recognized once again, but this time, they were considered the best the state had to offer in 2018.

These three parish stalwarts were recently included in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s All-State track teams. With these squads, the emphasis was placed on LHSAA championship meet performances.

There was one male track athlete from Ascension Parish that made the team. That honor went to Dutchtown’s Alec Snell.

Snell made the squad for the 800 event. His season-best time of one minute and 57 seconds was the third-best mark in the state in 2018.

He was extremely consistent all season as he earned runner-up finishes at the District 5-5A meet, the regional meet and the state meet at LSU.

Snell helped lead the Griffins to a second-place finish in the district meet. They placed fifth in the regional, and they finished ninth at the state competition.

Snell also made the Baton Rouge area All-Metro squad.

For the girl’s All-State team, two parish performers were represented. Dutchtown’s Leah Scott led the charge.

Scott capped off her incredible track career with the Lady Griffins by recently being named the Gatorade Louisiana Track Athlete of the Year.

Along with that honor, Scott was recently named the All-Metro team’s Outstanding Field Performer, and now, she is the All-State team’s Outstanding Field Performer as well.

She made All-State in both the long jump and the triple jump.

Her season-best long jump was 18 feet and 9.5 inches. Her best triple jump was 40 feet and 1.75 inches. Both measurements were the best marks in all of Louisiana in 2018.

Her triple jump measurement was ranked in the top 50 of the entire country.

Those two events were owned by Scott all season. She won district, regional and state championships in both.

Those two wins at state brought her championship total to eight for her career. She also leaves Dutchtown with four state runner-up finishes.

With Scott leading the charge this season, the Lady Griffins finished third at the District 5-5A meet, fifth at the regional and they landed at No. 7 at the state meet.

To make the summer even more exciting for the recent graduate, Scott has committed to join the Louisiana Tech track team.

The final parish All-State selection was St. Amant’s Regan West.

West had a huge year in the 300 hurdles event. Her season-best time of 45.42 was the fifth-best in the state this season.

West won district, regional and state championships in the event.

She was also selected to the All-Metro track team.