All the hard work and determination put forth by our St. Tammany Parish student-athletes helped a number of them come home with coveted state titles in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships conducted at Bernie Moore Stadium on the LSU campus. To honor those student-athletes who made their way to the podium as state champions in the various classes in the competition held Thursday through Saturday the Lake 94.7 will be featuring those competitors this Thursday on Northshore Sports airing from 7-8 p.m., originating from our title sponsor, Mellow Mushroom.
In Saturday’s track and field state championships in Boys Class 5A, St. Paul’s Eric Coston was an impressive double-winner taking the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:15.33. Coston also returned home with a victory in the 3,200 meters turning the Baton Rouge course in 9:19.99. St. Paul’s Wolves earned a fifth place finish with 30 points as Catholic of Baton Rouge won the Class 5A team crown scoring 121 points. St. Paul’s Jalen McClesky earned a fourth place finish in the long jump with a distance of 22-feet nine inches, while Cooper Marcotte was fourth in the pole vault at 14-feet six-inches.. St. Paul’s Joseph Cherry took sixth in the 300 hurdles.
Fontainebleau’s Bulldogs tied for 11th place with 16 points. FHS’ Matthew Myrtue took second in the 800 meters finishing at 1:56.29 just over a second behind the event winner. Fontainebleau’s Ethan Cowan finished third in the 400 meters at 49:37. Fontainebleau’s 4×400 relay team came in fifth place.
Covington tied for 22nd place with six points led by Adam Pennington, who finished third in the pole vault with a height of 15-feet. Mandeville Skippers came in 27th place with E. J. Pomekol taking fourth in the discus with a distance of 153 feet.
Moving the Class 5A girls meet Saturday, Mandeville’s Lady Skippers delivered a strong third place team finish with 40 point behind state champion Zachary with 47 points and Ruston with 42. Mandeville’s Chelsey Jones won gold in the 800 meters at 2:12.84 and also earned a second place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 55:11 in a very tight race with Zachary’s Janie O’Connor in a winning time of 54.86. Mandeville’s Claire Crosby took first in the 1,600 at 5:08.42. Mandeville’s Olivia Murphy took second in the 3,200 meters at 11:31.60 with teammate Ally McCulley capturing fourth place in the event 11:54.16.
Slidell’s Lady Tigers came in ninth place earning 25 points sparked by Jessica Harris. Harris took third in the 200, 24:96 and was third in the 100, 11:92. Slidell’s Brentney Carroll earned a fifth place finish in the in the 100 hurdles and was sixth in the 300 hurdles. Slidell’s D’Andrea LeMalle finished fifth in the triple jump.