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All three squads had already exceeding scoring expectations and were finishing up a meet where they had already given everything they could, but Zachary had a 55 second anchor leg that sealed the deal for the Broncos. Zachary was projected as the third best team heading into competition but found a way to score throughout the day to help win the title.
On the boys side, a two team race became a three team race, but as mentioned in the preview, the team competition was decided midway through running. Curtis got out to a huge lead in the field events while Zachary and Scottlandville were mainly relying on points in the running events. Zachary did major damage in the hurdles, goingwhich all things considered was the real deciding factor for the team competition as they were sitting comfortable from that point on.
Zachary won the competition by double digits but Curtis was at least able to walk away with one more team trophy for their departing head coach. Next we will take a look at the top 5 distance races from the state meet and re-rank them based on which ones had the combination of fastest and most competitive: Mchale of SSA was third, coming in at 2: Thomas of Byrd came out on top with a 1: This meet is a state against state competition with athletes from many teams coming together under their home banner.
Last year team Louisiana had a successful performance which we noted here. The Great Southwest Classic features some of the best athletes from around the country, coming from both coasts. The three day competition also has plenty of time for the athletes to enjoy the area as the team takes a trip up to Sante Fe to tour the city as well as takes a trip up to Sandia Peak to overlook the entire city of Albuquerque.
Byrd who has been going to the meet since the early s when he would bring his sprinter, national star Jonathan Wade, to compete against great athletes from across the nation. Since then super stars like Mondo Duplantis and Sean Burrell have competed for the team. If you are interested in going to the meet or you have an athlete you feel is ready to compete on the national stage, here is a link to the meet info packet. Contact one of the team Louisiana selection chairs for more information!
State Meet Preview We are now in the final week of the season here in Louisiana although expect many of the top athletes in the state to participate in track meets throughout the summer and we will take a look at what you can expect from the state meet this weekend. We will look at who the favorites are for the 5A titles and what the top 5 most anticipated distance races will be.
In the girls title race in 5A, two teams have really set themselves up in the best position to compete for the victory. SJA and Lafayette come into the meet being the only two teams expected to score in the 50s, although we all know that what is expected and what actually happens are two very different things.
SJA is the more complete team, having athletes participate in over half the events which gives more scoring opportunities and will look to try to set themselves up with an early lead out of the field in which they are projected to score in 4 of the 7 events.
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Lafayette is top heavy and will mainly rely on the distance events and relays to get the bulk of their points. The possibility to medal in all 6 of those races is the main reason why they can compete for the title while being projected to score in less than half of the events. Competing for third is Zachary and Curtis who are sending decent sized teams to state and should one team slip up, they could easily slip into the top 2. On the boys side we will see a very different scenario.
The two teams competing for the title will be Zachary and Curtis, two programs that are top heavy and only will have a few opportunities to score. Zachary is projected to score in 6 events and Curtis 7. Curtis has the upper hand in the sense that they have more scoring opportunities and have 3 current state champions on the roster who know how to win when it counts. Depending on how their field events go, they may mathematically have won the meet before running events even start.
At that point the other teams may just be competing for pride. Scottlandville and Catholic are two teams to watch for in the hunt for third place. So now here is a list of the top 5 distance races you should keep an eye on at the state meet. Here in theevery seed time is between 1: This means the entire field could around their season best and all enter the final curve together.
With the field this tight, it will be a fight for position every step of the way and those athletes not ready to stick their nose up in the front may be left in the dust. Four girls enter the race having run sub 5: With the front half of the race led by girls with great speed and the back half quite a ways behind fitness-wise, it would be thought that the only way this race goes out hard is if Lauren Hendry of SJA decides to make it honest from the gun.
Sydney Minor of Lafayette also enters with a sub 5: Either way it should be a fun race to watch and see what strategy is taken by the field.
Chantaya Griffin of Carencro has run 2: That alone will make this race fun to watch, but the depth of the field will surprise you for a 4A event. This race also features 3 other girls who have run 2: Adam had been very savvy in his races against Hunter during cross country, beating him out for the cross country state title. These two will probably enter the field simply racing each other, but there is some very good talent right behind them.
Two in the field will bring 4: Those two will also be doubling back from thethough, and if Appleton lays down a fast first mile he may be solo the rest of the way, but there is still a chance this race goes out slower and allows the other top runners, as well as the fresh runners doing the only, to be close behind. Photo courtesy of the Advocate.
On both the boys and girls sides in the distance events, except for the top seeded runner in thethe rest of the meet is wide open. Starting with the girlsthe current top two seeds both come from Lafayette, Angelle Primeaux and Sydney Minor, though the next 4 seeds are currently within 3 seconds of them. Primeaux has had great performances this spring like splitting 2: She did win the indoor title in 5: The boys is a race where every athlete is a wild card.
Currently no athlete is under 1: Alexc Snell of Dutchtown currently leads the group at 1: Adam has a shot at the title in thethough he also has a good shot to podium in the It will be interesting to see what races some of these athletes choose. He has run He definitely has a bigger upside but chose the last year. The girls is open season with no runner running any eye popping times. Actually, an athlete from 2A, 3A, and 4A have all run significantly faster so far this season in the than in 5A, leaving one to wonder if those athletes were chasing times in other events or if this really will be as open as it looks.
Angelle did run that 5: Sydney Minor of Lafayette also ran a 5: She did also run a 5: The boys has some similar issues with clearly establishing the favorites. It would be assumed that Hunter Appleton could run under 4: The only other runner in the field with a sub 4: Appleton looks far more comfortable on the track than the XC course though and should have to really struggle in the first two rounds of qualifying to not enter the state meet as the favorite.
After that, throw a dart at a dartboard full of name and that will be the next best guess on who will finish in a podium spot. Will Dart of Airline split a 4: Lauren Hendry of SJA is currently 30 seconds ahead of the nearest competition in the 5A after running a converted Everything else from there is rather close with the next best athlete being She may be the next big name to watch. Four other runners fall between Then there is the boys which, as we mentioned before, involves current 3 all time runner in LA Hunter Appleton with his 9: If Hunter runs his own race, it will be very hard for any other runners to follow him.
Even if he cruised to a 9: Will Dart of Airline is currently the second seed at 9: His Pineville track team won state titles in andand his next two teams were state runner-ups. His team won 10 Regional 4A Championships and 11 district titles in track, while capturing 14 District Cross Country crowns. In addition to receiving numerous awards as a teacher, coach, and administrator, Coach Moreau was presented the prestigious Casey Kozminski Award by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association for meritorious service for fostering positive relationships between media and coaches in the state.
His service to various track and field meets and venues are almost too numerous to mention, but here are only a few. Olympics and Senior Olympics. His contributions to high school track and field in Louisiana are significant. Mike established a standard of excellence as his team captured the 5A State Championship and his team finished as State Runner-Up.
He served as an official at the and U. Olympic Trials as well as the Olympic Games in Atlanta. InMike began working for the U. Allie Smith Allie Smith has been coaching in some capacity since Some people only know Allie as a great football coach, which he is.
Allie Smith is all this and more. The coach who nominated Allie put it this way. He was selected as District Coach of the Year 18 times. Allie also coached football at Covington High School from toserving as Head Coach from to He has impacted literally thousands of lives through the young people he has coached and the coaches he has worked with and coached against over the decades.
The late Morty Hurston was a long-time resident of Baton Rouge. He attended Baton Rouge High where he played varsity football.
He served 2 stints in the U. Navy, serving on submarines and P. Boats in the Pacific Theatre. After the war, Morty returned to work at the Esso Exxon refinery where he worked for 42 years.
He married Jane Facundus in and together they raised 6 boys. Morty began officiating football in and officiated for 37 years. But it is for his accomplishment in Track and Field that we honor Morty Hurston today. He was one of the most dedicated officials I have ever known. Cover it like a blanket! In fact, even after his retirement from officiating, he continued to conduct classes for the LHSAA for first year football officials until his untimely death at the age of Ironically, Morty died from injuries suffered while leaving an officiating training he had just conducted.
As his son, Morty Jr. Upon completion of his graduate studies, he accepted a position at E. White Catholic High School in Thibodaux where he started his second cross country program. White team finished 23rd out of 24 teams in their first meet but improved rapidly. Since that time, the LTFCA has recognized over 2, track and cross country athletes for their academic excellence.
In 20 years at Ruston, his athletes have established 39 out of a possible 42 School Records. He has coached six High School National Champions.
Dave coached the first Louisiana girl to break If you could only say 1 thing about Dave Anderson, it might be this. He has done a lot for the sports of Cross Country and Track and Field in our state as well. He served in the U. He also worked in the Adult Education Program. High School and Booker T. Washington High School, he was the head coach of the Track and Football Teams where his teams won numerous championships.
Many of his former players went on to play professionally. After retiring from the school system, he worked in Juvenile Court for Orleans Parish for 25 years. Winston Burns was a mentor of numerous young men, many of whom he taught and coached, and some who became coaches. Leading by example, he taught his students the value of an education and hard work, and motivated them to succeed in all endeavors and become productive citizens.
A sense of fairness and desire to compete was a part of his philosophy. Throughout his life, Winston Burns has volunteered his time to numerous community and civic activities, but it is for his contributions to the sport of Track and Field that we honor him today. He was one of the original organizers of the Liberty Bank Track Meet which attracted athletes from the New Orleans area and throughout the State.
He continued to run that meet until Hurricane Katrina. Leo the Great, and numerous other meets. He is married to Gretta Roque Burns, and they have five children, 13 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Mac began officiating while still a college student and continued to do so for over 29 years. He worked on the high school level, officiating football and basketball, for over 17 years.
During that time he officiated 3 state championship football games, 5 Top 28 Tournaments, and 4 Sweet 16 Tournaments. Mac also officiated on the collegiate level in basketball during his teaching career. Mac was a basketball official for 29 years, 25 of that as an SEC referee. Mac worked several Conference Tournaments and Regional Championships during this time. His responsibilities included oversight of football and basketball officials as well as the sports of Golf, Tennis, Gymnastics, Basketball, Cross Country, and Track and Field.
Greg began teaching at Lacassine High School and has spent the remainder of his career in Calcasieu Parish, serving as a teacher, coach, and administrator. During his 32 year coaching career, Greg has served in many capacities in football, basketball, track, and cross country. During the first 8 years of coaching, Greg coached voluntarily without pay.
They finished as State Runner-Up four times in,and His teams won 12 out of 15 District Championships and finished 2nd the other 3 years. When asked to list his greatest accomplishments, Greg listed three. The first was the opportunity to coach both of his daughters in Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field. Fifteen of them received athletic scholarships and many others, including his two daughters, received academic scholarships. His third is to have coached at a school that captured 25 State Championships in various sports in 25 years during its existence.
Greg has been married to Ella Jacob Gauthier for 32 years. They are the parents of two daughters, Victoria and Vanessa. Greg is also the father of Terrell Perry, and Greg has four grandchildren. During a 7-year span from tohis track teams won 7 District Championships, 7 Regional Championships, 3 State Runner-Up titles, and State Championships in, and His track team qualified athletes in all 18 events at the State Track Meet and placed in 15 of the 18 events. His won every track meet they entered that year including the team Tiger Relays in Thibodaux as well as the State Meet.
Amant, and Dutchtown where he has served in various capacities including track coach, football coach, powerlifting, and strength and conditioning coach. In track and fieldhis throwers have distinguished themselves and he has coached multiple state champions in the shot put and discus. He moved to Baton Rouge Magnet in During that time, he has compiled an amazing record in both sports. Their number one ranking in the State Composite Cross Country Poll for 4 consecutive years is still unmatched.
For the last 9 years, he has conducted the State Cross Country Poll for the state schools, coaches, and newspapers. He has contributed articles to our professional journals and is a frequently sought clinic speaker. Olympic Trials in New Orleans. Paul coached at Loyola University where his teams produced 3 individual conference champions, 5 conference championship teams, and 2 regional championship teams. Three of his teams qualified for Cross Country Nationals along with an additional 19 individuals.
Throughout his career, Paul has been an active supporter of the LTFCA in both leadership positions as a former President of our association and working behind the scenes to promote our sports. Paul currently coaches at St. Later, he became the Head Girls Track Coach in The Central Louisiana region and the State of Louisiana in general are better because of it. In addition to his coaching and teaching responsibilities at Menard, Wally and his wife Becky have hosted a Weekly Youth Prayer Meeting in their home since Jay started the Cross Country at Sumner in with one runner.
That runner was Ryan Travis, who ended up running the fastest true mile in Louisiana history with a time of 4: Not a bad beginning.2013 LHSAA 4A State Cross Country Meet, Boys' Race
Inhe was awarded the Gernon Brown, Jr. Memorial Trophy for Best Varsity Athlete. Coach at Jesuit, his alma mater, in Following stints at Jesuit and Carver Jr. High, Keefe arrived at Isidore Newman School where he taught and coached from to His tenure included 15 district championships, 5 district runner-ups, 5 regional championships, and 2 regional runner-ups. Francisville High School incoaching football and basketball.
After a brief stint in private business, he returned to St. Francisville as the head track and football coach in At that time, he became an administrator at the elementary school. Teams during this era finished as State Runner-Up 8 times. He has coached athletes who have finished in the top three at the State Track Meet in every event.
A strong technician in all field events, his specialty is the Pole Vault. Mumford Leake is an outstanding coach, an outstanding individual, and an outstanding ambassador for our Coaching profession. Al coached football for 10 years from to and track for 34 years from to During that time, his teams won 9 District Championships, 7 District Runner-ups, and Regional Championships in and During his coaching career, Al has coached State Finalists and his athletes have claimed 2 Individual State Championships.
He personifies the tireless coaches who give everything they have to their teams and athletes, even in the years when they have little or no expectation of winning.
He has touched thousands of lives in his Lifetime as a coach. Notorious for his generous nature, Dwight gave freely of his time and those of us who love track and field were the beneficiaries of his generosity. Sadly, Dwight passed away on September 4th of this year but the legacy he left will long remain in the annals of Track and Field in Louisiana. Dwight worked tirelessly to give all athletes, young and old, the best opportunity to compete and to enjoy their athletic experiences.
He never sought awards or recognition for his efforts.