Donaldsonville girls finish on top

Allison B. Hudson

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As if winning the regional meet wasn’t enough, Donaldsonville girls finished with 60 points that allowed them to win their first state championship under the leadership of Coach Trent Ellis.

Ka’lynn Jupiter, a sophomore at Donaldsonville High, was the star of the show. Jupiter excelled in three individual events, and even set a class record.

“I am proud of Ka’lynn, and all of the girls, they worked hard and deserved this win,” said Ellis.

Jupiter won the triple jump with a personal best of 36 feet, 6‰ inches. Jupiter was on the awards stand accepting that medal just minutes after winning the 100-meter hurdles in 15.27 seconds.

In the 300 hurdles, Ka’lynn won with a time of 44.93, which helped vault the Tigers into the team lead. Jupiter, who also ran on the winning 4x400 relay that posted a 4:02.04 time, was voted the meet’s Outstanding Girls Performer.

“I wanted it, so I knew I had to work hard to get it,” said Jupiter.  “I wanted the state title, and we excelled in getting it.”

Teralicia Mercadel also received a first place finish in the 400. With a 1:46.46 the Tigers won the 4x200 relay.

Devon Breaux helped the boys by winning by in the high jump, and placed second in the long jump.

The boys won the 4x100 with a time of 42.51 seconds.