The All The Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic took place Friday at Tad Gormley Stadium and some St. Tammany Parish athletes turned in quality performances in a highly talented regional field.
Mandeville junior runner Chelsey Jones took first in the 800 meters with a winning time of 2:15.49. Jones’ teammate Claire Crosby earned a third place finish in the event at 2:18.49 helping the Mandeville Lady Skippers to a fifth place finish with 31 points. Mandeville’s Olivia Murphy captured a third place finish in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:13.56. Mandeville’s 4×800 relay team earned a second place finish with a time of 9:29.44, which established a new Mandeville High record, breaking the old mark set back in the 1990’s. The record setting Lady Skippers’ relay team consisted of Kylie Touchard, Murphy, Jones and Crosby, which finished four seconds behind first place Hoover, Alabama. Hoover won the girls’ team title scoring 101 points.
St. Scholastica Academy’s Sam Zelden, who is splitting time with track and softball for the Doves, was voted the Outstanding Track Performer award. Zelden unleashed a quality throw of 145-feet, three-inches coming close to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic record, falling short by 10-inches. Last summer, Zelden threw a personal best of 148-7 to win the gold medal in the 17-18- year-old division at the AAU Junior Olympics.
Zelden’s teammate Ellin Feringa ran a quality race settling for third place in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:34.94 as the Doves finished in a tie for tenth place with 18 points.
In the boys’ competition, Mandeville’s EJ Pomykol captured the discus with a heave of 152-feet and three tenths. Pomykol also earned a fourth place finish in the shot put for the Skippers. Pomykol’s effort helped Mandeville tie for 17th place with 14 points. Congratulations to each of the St. Tammany parish student-athletes, who excelled at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic.