08 May 2017

CHS Track and Field: 2017 State Champions!

Some things never change – heat from the Sun, taxable income and Catholic High dominating at the 5A state track and field meet. The Bears scored 90 points and defeated its next closest opponent, John Curtis, by a whopping 48 points. The state title was the fifth consecutive for coach Pete Boudreaux’s Bears and 29th overall in the sport.  

Before running events began on Saturday aftenoon, the Bears got off to a great start with a 34-point effort in the throws. Seniors Jacob Thornton and Cole McKnight, a future ULM athlete, went one-two in the javelin for 18 points. Wake Forest football signee Zach Tom was the state champion in the shot put. Another senior, London Lewis, was third in the discus.

Another constant in Catholic High track – Kam Cummings’ dominance in the hurdle events. Cummings won both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles to leave as the most heralded hurdler in school history.  

Sprinter Sethan Hollier picked up 14 points in the dashes with a state runner-up in the 200 meters and a third in the 100.  

Going into the meet’s last race, the 4×400 meter relay, the Bears had clinched the state title. But, it wasn’t enough as D.J. Butler, Tyrell Jackson, Lane Palmisano and Sethan Hollier teamed up to hit the tape first for another state champion finish.

One final constant in Catholic High track and field – seeing 75-year-old legend Pete Boudreaux celebrate his team’s championship with a front flip into the pole vault pit at Bernie Moore Stadium at LSU. Boudreaux is assisted by longtime throws coach Don Hood, Nick Minvielle and Adam MacDowell.

Photos by Bobby Brummel

Below are links to the state championship article and top three results courtesy of The Advocate:

Click here to read more about the State Championships from The Advocate. For a list of top three finishers in each event, click here.