Track and Field Team Dominates at Josten Invitational
The Bear track and field team put up more than double the points of its nearest competitor in last weekend’s Josten Invitational at Episcopal High School. The Bears scored a whopping 205 points in the eight team field with its nearest competitor, host Episcopal, checking in at 84 points and district competitor, Dutchtown, finishing third with 66 points.
The story of the meet was senior jumps competitor and sprinter Jace Attuso. Attuso won both the long and triple jumps, setting meet and stadium records, while also finishing second in the 100 meters (11.17) and running a leg on the second place 4×200 meter relay team (1:27.77). Attuso long jumped 24-8.75 and won the triple jump with an astonishing leap of 47-0.25. Had there been an Outstanding Field Performer award Attuso may have been a lock, if not for fellow senior Nigel Despinasse doubling up with wins in the shot put (54-4.25) and the discus (152-2). Despinasse has been pulling off victories in the events for some time now.
Alex Bertrand heaved the javelin for a winning mark of 180-11 and Cole McKnight was second in the event with a 169-7 mark. Chandler Kelleher was another field event winner in the pole vault, clearing a height of 14-1. Second place finishers in field events were Zach Tom, putting the shot 50-4, and Matt Berdon slung the discus 140-0.
David Toups was the winner of the 1,600 meter run in 4:33.71, Kam Cummings beat all 110 hurdler competitors to the wire in 14.45, and the 4×400 meter team closed the meet with a win in 3:23.06.
Sethan Hollier was the only two event winner on the track, winning the 100 (10.84) and 200 (21.64). And, if an Outstanding Track Performer award was given out, Hollier would have been a top candidate.
Finishing in the top three in field events for the Bears were: Vernon Langley 3rd in the 110 hurdles; Michael Hubbell 2nd and Peyton Cooley 3rd in the 800 meter run; and Patrick Stephens 2nd and Trevor Thibodeaux 3rd in the 400 meter run.
Click here to see The Advocate’s story on the Josten’s Invitational and the meet win for the Bears.