ACHS track, field expect to be at the top in district meet

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @dvillechief
ACHS senior pole vaulter Sam Mattingly edges of the bar to complete his jump at a meet earlier this season.

The ACHS track and field team showed the burners early on in the season, but now the team is up for the district meet and hopes to see some of the same results. The team will be competing at West St. John for the district title on Thursday and head coach Rocky Capello said the year has been good, especially early on but he admitted the last couple of weeks have been “tough.”

Capello said the team is matched up against two teams that are usually pretty good in White Castle and West St. John, nonetheless he still feels confident.

With most of the team’s strength coming in the distance races, the Bulldogs look to make a lot of noise at the district meet.

“We’ve got probably five or six of the top eight distance runners in the state right now, looking at the statistics for the mile and two mile,” Capello said. “We’re always really good in the distance events.”

Capello said fortunately this year though the Bulldogs have gotten better in other things besides the distance races. The team has some good field event guys, some good relays and sprinters.

“As far as a complete team, this is the best team I’ve seen at Ascension Catholic from a completeness standpoint,” Capello said. “I’m looking for some good things at district, regionals and hopefully at the state meet.”

On the girl’s side, Capello and the team have been dominant as well and led by a young group of runners in freshman Maurys Joseph, eighth grader Breanna Bernard and seventh grader Stephanie Breaux.

“Joseph’s been amazing and she just keeps getting better and better,” Capello said.

Joseph has proven her talent in the 800-meter run, 400-meter dash and Capello said she could even run the 200-meter dash.

“Luckily for us we don’t really need her in the sprint events but she’s going to be very valuable in the 400-meters, 800-meters and the anchor on the 1600-meter relay combined with some younger runners.

Capello said he is “unbelievably proud” of his team this year and said the Bulldogs have a “great group of kids.”

“Most of them did cross country so they stayed together and with me for the whole year,” Capello said. “The kids who came from other sports have come in and have fit in really well and worked really hard. It’s been a really positive spring. I’m proud of them.”

Capello added, “Being a volunteer coach and having this much participation from a 1A school is just unbelievable.”