With qualifiers in 10 of 18 events, the St. Joseph’s Academy track and field team scored 61 points to finish third in the Class 5A Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held May 5 at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track & Field Complex. The Redstickers’ point total was the highest in school history at the state meet.
Zachary scored 73 points to capture the crown. Lafayette (67) was state runner-up.
Junior Lauren Hendry won the 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter runs to be named the Outstanding Girls Performer. “This weekend was definitely an exciting one,” she said. “I was very pleased with my individual performances and could not be more proud of my teammates. Although we were a few points away from second place, we cannot be upset with our third-place finish, since it is the most points we have ever scored in a state meet.”
This year marks the fifth time in the past 11 years in which SJA has finished in the top five at the state meet.
“I was fortunate enough to be a part of one state runner-up and three state championship teams in track and field at Sacred Heart of Grand Coteau,” said head coach Charlie Daigle. “The state meet on Saturday is as or more memorable to me than those. It was a phenomenal performance by a special team.”
Sophomore Isabelle Brown finished second in the 1,600 meter run and fifth in the 800 meter run. “I am incredibly proud of my team’s performance in this meet,” she said. “Everyone has trained very hard and competed to their best abilities all season long. I felt very energized and excited while racing. Lauren and I have been training and talking about our 1-2 finish in state all season, so I am beyond ecstatic to have made it happen. I could not be happier, and I am very hopeful for the upcoming years.”
Scoring points towards the team’s total were the following:
1600m Run: Lauren Hendry, 1st place, 5:07.42 (personal record); Isabelle Brown, 2nd place, 5:13.78 (personal record)
100m Hurdles: Chelsea-Rose Bagnerise, 3rd place, 15.25 (personal record)
800m Run: Isabelle Brown, 5th place, 2:23.38; Taylor Winters, 6th place, 2:24.32
300m Hurdles: Sophie Kronenberger, 3rd place, 46.42
3200m Run: Lauren Hendry, 1st place, 11:07.30 (school record, personal record); Sophie Martin, 5th place, 11:44.30
High Jump: Catherine Couvillion, 3rd place, 5-02.00
Long Jump: Claire Holder, 4th place, 17-08.50 (personal record)
Javelin: Sarah Summerville, 3rd place, 134-03.00 (school record, personal record)
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Whitney Williston