CHS Indoor Track And Field Places Second at State
Saturday’s indoor track & field state championships were hosted by LSU at the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse. The Division I lineup had over fifty teams entered, but only two squads had a legitimate chance of capturing a state title. Catholic High, winners of the last nine Division I indoor titles, and Division I upstart John Curtis, who recently moved up from Division II. A one on one showdown is exactly what coaches, players and the fans who packed the Fieldhouse experienced. John Curtis snapped the Bears’ streak with a 78 to 71.5 victory. The nearest competitor was St. Paul’s with 18 points, good enough for third place.
The Bears started fast with Nigel Despinasse winning his second straight shot put state title with a throw of 56 feet, 11.5 inches. Jace Attuso finished second in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 3 inches. Attuso also pointed by finishing fourth in the triple with a jump of over 45 feet. Brian Herry cleared 5’10 in the high jump to place fifth.
Cam Cummings joined Despinasse as the other individual state champion, when he won the 60 meter high hurdles in 8.22. It was his second consecutive state title in the 60 hurdles.
Earning state runner-up honors was Sethan Hollier, with his 6.96 in the 60 meter dash, and the 4×200 meter relay team consisting of Cummings, Hollier, Patrick Stephens, and Attuso.
The 4×400 and 4×800 meter relay teams earned six points by finishing third in their respective relay events. Also finishing third was David Toups in the 1600 meters in a time of 4:27.
Patrick Stephens ran 4th in the 400 meter dash in 50.64 and Jeffrey Kelley rounded out the scoring for the Bears with a 5th place finish in an ultra competitive 3200 meter run in 9:50.
For a complete recap of the state championship meet, click the links below.