AC girls’ track, field finish as 1A State Runner-Up

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
The Ascension Catholic girls’ track and field team finish as 1A State Runner-Up last weekend.

After sitting through hours of rain delay on Friday, and returning on early Saturday morning the Ascension Catholic girls’ track and field team weathered the storm to score 58 points and finish as the LHSAA 1A State Runner-Up at the Bernie Moore Track at LSU in Baton Rouge.

Head coach Rocky Capello said coming into the year he told the girls making the top five in state “would be doing something great.”

“We weren’t expected to come out in the top two, so they really went after it,” Rocky Capello said. “We scored more than we were supposed to score and that’s really all you can ask for.”

“We have a bunch of young girls of mostly eighth and ninth graders and a couple of tenth graders,” Rocky Capello said. “We were just hoping to be in the top five. As far as I could remember we had never been in the top ten.”

Rocky Capello said his team works hard and sometimes “I think they are too young to know how hard they are working which is a good thing.”

“You like to get them when they are a little young that way they don’t realize how hard this is because it gets easier for them each year,” Rocky Capello said. “By the time they are in tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade it become natural to them.”

The Lady Bulldogs are being molded into something promising for the future of the program, exceeding expectations especially this year. The meet was scheduled to begin and conclude on Friday. After the field events got rolling and two running events wrapped up, the meet was delayed with a rainstorm that covered the area. LHSAA decided to suspend the meet and resume on Saturday morning. Rocky Capello said most of his team was happy about getting the extra rest.

“From a mental standpoint they handled it well and didn’t look like they had any pressure on them,” Rocky Capello said. “They looked good.”

The girls’ certainly looked good and started Friday surprising with a sixth place finish in the 800-meter relay team, comprised of Brandi Landry, Gabbie Klack, Emily Dupre, and Daija Harvey. Stephanie Breaux won the 1600-meter run with a 5:31.27 finishing time. Jordynn Brown finished seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.13. Maerys Joseph won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.84, while teammate Whitney Eure finished second with a time of 2:27.75. The 400-meter relay team finished second with a time of 50.84 comprised of Brandi Landry, Gabbie Klack, Emily Dupre and Jordynn Brown. Maerys Joseph also finished fourth in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:03.34. Nyah Williams finished eighth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 52.90. Gabbie Klack finished sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.50. Stephanie Breaux finished second in the 3200-meter run with a time of 12:39.75, while teammate Sophie Daigle finished third with a time of 12:43.75. The 1600-meter relay team finished fifth with a time of 4:18.71 comprised of Madlen Robichaux, Whitney Eure, Victoria Eure and Maerys Joseph.

Maerys Joseph said the weather delay on Friday was rough at first but it eventually helped her get the bad nerves out.

“I came out and gave it my all today,” Joseph said. “We came out here to do our best and show people what we could do and we are one of the best. We’re just so proud of ourselves and we hope to do even better next year.”

Joseph won her first individual title and said it feels good to finally win at the state level.

“This is my third time competing at state and I’m just so glad to be here,” Joseph said. “I’m glad I ran the 800 and it took a lot of hard work for me to get here and I’m so proud of my team that we came out runner-up after all the hard work and dedication we put in.”

The boys’ team finished fifth overall in the meet and had strong performances from Zach Capello won all three races he was qualified for.

Zach Capello won the boys’ 1600-meter run with a time of 4:38.36, while eighth grade teammate Thomas Daigle finished sixth with a time of 4:55.96. Zach Capello also won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.34, while teammate Jesse Hood finished sixth with a time of 2:09.80. Zach Capello also won the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:23.57, while Trey Capello finished fifth with a time of 10:56.19. The 1600-meter relay team finished sixth with a time of 3:39.40 comprised of Dylan Landry, Hayes Rousseau, Jesse Hood and Daniel Mattingly.

Rocky Capello said the team was few in numbers this year, but “all of the events we needed to score high in we did score.”

“We just didn’t get those top three finishes that we needed to have a chance to come out first or second,” Rocky Capello said. “We knew White Castle was going to be tough and it was really a stretch for us to try to beat them. It wasn’t meant to be today. I’m proud of them.”