Bear’s Relay Team Posts New School and Meet Record
The Catholic High Track & Field team traveled up the road to LSU’s Carl Maddox Fieldhouse to compete in the LHSAA Last Chance Qualifier, with the hopes of solidifying the team that will come back in two weeks to compete for the 2021 Indoor State Championship. The team looked to finish the day with as many scoring opportunities as possible heading in to the championship. The relays set the tone for the day, as they all improved their marks on the year.
As the sun begin to set on Carl Maddox Field house, the Bear’s 4x800m relay team warmed-up with their sights set on the 8-year-old school record, that narrowly escaped them the week before. The relay team of Blaison Treuil, Ben Langley, Harrison Thomas, and Joe Ellis, heard the starting gun fire and didn’t look back. Eight minutes and four seconds later it was evident the bears had done something that have never been done before Catholic High history. The Bears not only took down the school record, but they demolished it by a monstrous four seconds, posting a new school and meet record time of 8:04:69. Bears’ LHSAA leading time makes them the 4th fastest team in the nation.
Setting the tone for the meet was the 4x200m relay team of Brandt Middleton, Lucas Gawarecki, Shannon Helaire, and James Robert III giving the Bears their first podium finished of the day. The team posted a time blazing time of 1:32.42 giving them the 4th qualifying time into the state meet.
In his long jump debut Taelon Nicholas sores 19’ 9’ giving him the last qualifying spot into the state meet. Giving the bears 4 opportunities to score in field events, including Prince Edwards who tossed the shotput 48’10 giving him the silver finish this past weekend.
Brandt Middleton continues his magnificent season where he has cut his personal best every time he has lined up to race in the 60m hurdles. Middleton was the Top Dog bringing home another podium finish for the team, with the winning time and new PR of 8.64. Joining Middleton in qualifying for the 60mh in the big dance is Gawarecki posting a personal best of 9.09.
The Bears wrapped up the day with more PR’s including the likes of Brock Boudreaux, and Helaire who posted new personal records of 51.22 and 52.53 in the 400m dash. Max Guillot joined the fun and posted a 2:04.61 in the 800m. Rounding out the PR’s for the days was Ellis, after becoming a school record holder in the 4x800m relay, he doubled back and dropped a blazing 9:49.52 in the 3200m race giving the bears another state qualifier.
The Bears will take the next 2 weeks to prepare for their run at another Indoor State Championship. The LHSAA Indoor State Championship will take place at LSU’s Carl Maddox Fieldhouse on Saturday, February 20th.