A total of 11 local athletes qualified to compete in next Saturday’s LHSAA Class AAA State Championship Meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium by placing in the top three of their respective events at the regional. Four others placed fourth and are alternates.
On the boys’ side, Notre Dame’s Philip LeBlanc had the top finish, placing second in the javelin with a throw of 185-7. The senior standout was edged once again by district rival Chris Jenkins of Northwest, who won the event with a toss of 196-4.
Crowley’s High’s Tinori Boutte was the lone local to qualify in two events in the boys’ division. The sophomore sprinter placed third in the 100-meter dash (11.11) and the 200-meter dash (22.23). Redemptorist’s Cornell Hill won both events en route to claiming a share of the Outstanding Track Performer award along with Frankin’s Xavier McGhee. McGhee was the runnerup in the 200 and the winner of the 400.
CHS’ Keith Pierson will join Boutte next week at the state meet after his third-place leap of 43-10 1/2 in the triple jump.
Church Point’s Caleb Stanford was the final automatic qualifier with a third-place showing in the pole vault (12-6).
Notre Dame’s D.J. Welter will join Rayne’s John Reynolds and Tyler Venable as alternates for next week’s meet after placing fourth in their events.
Welter just missed the cut in the discus with a fourth-place toss of 131-10 while Reynolds was fourth in the 3200-meter run (10:49.33). Venable followed Jenkins, LeBlanc and Franklin’s Chris Marshall in the javelin with a throw of 174-0.
Rayne led the field of locals on the girls’ side despite qualifying just two athletes.
Those two athletes - Krystal Chevis and Annie Simoneaux - combined for four spots in next week’s state meet.
Chevis breezed past the competition in the 400-meter run, winning the event in a time of 58.03. The second-place finisher, Norma Whitaker of West Feliciana, finished in a time of 1:02.17.
Chevis also placed second in the 100-meter run (12.96) and fourth in the 200 (26.88) to claim the Outstanding Track Performer award.
Simoneaux qualified in two events, winning the discus (114-6) and the javelin (125-5).
Notre Dame has three participants moving on in Anne Catherine Venable, Hayley Gossen and Mayme Cook.
Venable placed third in the high jump with a leap of 4-10 while Cook was third in the javelin (119-110). Gossen will be the Lady Pios only participant on the track, qualifying with a third place time of 2:36.90 in the 800-meter run.