Indoor Track State Meet
The LHSAA State Indoor Track Meet was held Saturday on the LSU campus and a number of St. Tammany Parish student-athletes excelled.
First Baptist Christian School junior Gabrielle Jennings continued her record setting pace, grabbing two more individual state titles to give her 33 in her illustrious Lady Eagles’ career. Jennings was a double winner shining at the event. Jennings ran away from the field in the Division II 1,600 setting a new composite championship record for all divisions with a time of 5:03.82. Jennings also captured the 800 meters with a time of 2:20.45, narrowly missing setting the Division II record. Jennings’ father Todd said his daughter is narrowing down her list of colleges she would like to attend. Mr. Jennings said as of now its between Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Duke and Vanderbilt.
In Division I, Mandeville’s Chelsey Jones was superb winning the girls’ 800 meters in record breaking time with an outstanding time of 2:15.21 setting the composite meet mark. Jones outdistanced her nearest competitor by six seconds as she continues to excel. I spoke with Chelsea’s mom Zondra, a former Mandeville Lady Skippers’ track star in her own right, and she said her office at the St. Tammany Tourist Commission would be listening, so a “Shout Out” to the Jones’ family, and Zondra’s co-workers.
The Mandeville Lady Skippers also captured the 3,200 relay with a time of 9:51.77 holding off Baton Rouge High by nearly eight seconds. Mandeville’s Ally McCulley earned a third place finish in the 3,200 meters. Mandeville’s Lady Skippers finished fourth with 35 points. Zachary captured the Division I girls’ state title with 52 points followed by Baton Rouge High with 38 points. Lafayette took third at 37 points. Slidell’s Lady Tigers earned a ninth place finish with 12 points, while St. Scholastica Academy tied for 11th with 10 points. SSA’s Ellin Feringa won the 3,200 meters in a time of 11:32.94.
In the boys’ Division I action, Catholic of Baton Rouge won with 76 points, and Edna Karr was the runner up with 36 points. St. Paul’s Wolves earned a ninth place finish with 16 points. St. Paul’s Dionte Soraporu took second in the 60 hurdles. Fontainebleau’s Bulldogs came in 21st place, scoring six points.