Track and Field Wins 18th Consecutive District Championship
Thursday night marked the 18th consecutive year that the Bears captured the district championship in track and field. The Bears scored 214 points to run away with the 5-5A title, easily besting closest competitors Dutchtown (116) and St. Amant (73). It was also the eighteenth consecutive season that Catholic finished undefeated in track and field.
The Bears won 10 of the 18 events and scored in every event to catapult the team score over the mostly insurmountable 200 point plateau. “Our team is really starting to hit its stride at the right time of the year,” commented coach Pete Boudreaux. “Scoring over 200 in the district meet is a tremendous accomplishment. Getting to 200 means we won a lot of events and we had plenty of scorers. We still feel like we can improve as we approach the Regional meet next week.”
Catholic throwers, jumpers and runners had to overcome a biting wind and an out-of-season cold snap in the 5-5A district meet. Senior Sethan Hollier was named Outstanding Track Performer with individual wins in both the 100 and 200 meter dash and helped propel the 4×200 and 4×400 meter relay teams to first place finishes as well.
Top three performances for the Bears on Thursday night were:
Vernon Langley was victorious in the 110 meter hurdles and finished 2nd in the Long Jump; Parker Smith threw a personal best 50-3 in the shot put for second; Ethan Ford 3rd in the Discus; Caleb Bonine finished 2nd in the Triple Jump; Sayer Sauviac 3rd in the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles; D.J. Butler with a win in the 400; Collin Hedges with a third in the 800.
The Bears went 1-2 in many events on Thursday: Jack Maddox and Ben D’Armond in the Javelin; Paul Cassisa and Jared Sapia went in the Pole Vault; Collin Hedges and Blake Cook in the 1,600 meters; Hollier and Braelen Morgan in the 100 meters; Joseph Ellis and James Lalonde in the 3200 meters.
Next up for the Bears will be the Class 5A, Region II meet on Thursday, April 26. Qualifying athletes from Districts 3, 4 and 5 will participate with the top three finishers and three relay teams in each event. Throwing events start at 3:30 with running events going off at 5:30. The Bears are gunning for its sixth straight Regional and State title in 2018.
Click here to check out media award winner Robin Fambrough’s article on the District 5-5A track & field championship and the Bear victory.
Click here for the 5-5A meet results courtesy of The Advocate.