Ascension Catholic wins big at state track meet
After this past weekend, it's obvious that Donaldsonville is the epicenter of Class 1A track and field.
For the second straight year, the Ascension Catholic girl's track team left LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium with the state championship trophy. The boys also left with a prize. They took home state runner-up honors.
"We didn't expect our boys to do as well as they did. They came out in second, so it was a great day," Ascension Catholic track head coach Rocky Capello said. "To get first place for the girls and second place for the boys, you couldn't ask for more. We had a great cross-country season, and a great track season like this is a great way to end the year."
The Lady Bulldogs were run-away back-to-back champions as they edged out second-place Oberlin by a 67-48 margin.
They did most of their damage from the track as both Sophie Daigle and Maerys Joseph dominated their respective events. Both led from wire to wire.
Daigle took home the state title in the 1,600 with a time of five minutes and 30.66 seconds. Teammate and defending champion Stephanie Breaux finished third.
Daigle also finished third in the 3,200, as teammate Breanna Bernard finished as runner-up. Breaux also took third in the 300 hurdles.
Joseph--who set the meet record last year--won the 800 for a third straight season, smashing the competition with a time of two minutes and 18.57 seconds. Teammate Whitney Eure finished in fourth.
Joseph also finished fifth in the 400.
The Lady Bulldog 4 x 400 relay team finished in third.
From the field, Kenshell Davis finished third in the shot put, and Carson Hitzman finished fifth in the javelin.
"A lot of it has been getting our cross-country runners, keeping that distance corps together and getting solid distance performances in the 800, the mile and the two-mile," Capello said. "That has built a good base for us, and we've also been able to score in the field in the javelin and in the shot put. We get the big points in the distance events and other points here and there, and it really helps us get over the top."
The Ascension Catholic boys finished in a two-way tie for second with St. Fredrick. Southern Lab took home the championship.
The top performer for the Bulldogs was Kebori Hunter. Hunter's performance was so stellar that he was named the 1A meet's Outstanding Athlete.
Hunter took home state titles in both the long jump (21-2) and the triple jump (45-2.75). He was runner-up in the high jump with a jump of six feet and two inches.
From the track, Hayes Rousseau took home a state title in the 800 with a time of two minutes and 3.14 seconds. Teammate Thomas Daigle was runner-up.
Rousseau also finished fourth in the 300 hurdles. Daigle was fifth in the 3,200.
"This makes two in a row for us, so we have a little roll going. Hopefully, we keep it going next year. It's exciting," Capello said.
As for Donaldsonville High, the boys finished tied for 19th in the 3A meet. West Feliciana took home the title.
Davon Wright was runner-up in the shot put with a measurement of 49 feet and nine inches.