Going into the Division I state indoor track meet, the magic number for the CHS squad was fourteen.
Fourteen – as in the number of CHS athletes that qualified for the meet and the number of indoor state titles the team was seeking.
Veteran coach Pete Boudreaux squeezed just about every ounce of juice out of his fourteen man squad on Saturday, to pile up 65 points en route to the program’s 14th indoor state championship. The Bears outdistanced second place finisher Scotlandville (34 points) by a comfortable margin. Ouachita was third with 28 points, Brother Martin and John Curtis tied for fourth place with 26 points. Other Baton Rouge area teams were Broadmoor (eighth place), Zachary (tied for 10th), and Live Oak (tied for 15th).
The Bears picked up victories from Southern Miss signee D.J. Butler in the 400 meters with a clocking of 49.29. Butler helped anchor the state champion 4×400 relay team that included Charlie Groves, Luke DiResto and Ebenezer Aggrey in a fast 3:24. Aggrey was the state runner-up in the high jump by clearing the bar at 6’5. The CHS 4×800 meter relay team also took home a state title. Blaison Treuill, Ben Langley, Matthew Hubbell and Collin Hedges led the two mile relay team to victory. Hedges also took home third in both the 800 and 1600 meters. James Lalonde finished third in the 3200 meters with teammate Owen Simon close behind in fourth place. Distance runner Chris Cuntz was fourth in the 1600 meters. The 4×200 meter relay team got the day kicked off in the running events with a sixth place finish.
The victory was the 49th state championship for Pete Boudreaux at Catholic High. “All the state championships are nice,” remarked Boudreaux. “But what I get the most joy out of is watching our young men compete. It was real gratifying seeing these young men improve and step up in the last three to four weeks.”
Check out the story below from The Advocate on the Bears’ 14th indoor state championship and the final standings at the Division I meet.