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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Local athletes shine at state track meet

Local athletes shine at state track meet

BATON ROUGE – A number of area athletes from Lafourche Parish, and a few from St. James and Assumption high schools, recorded stellar performances on Saturday at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state championship meet at Bernie Moore Track and Field Stadium on the LSU campus.

There were a couple stellar team finishes, along with a handful of state championships, numerous trips to the Top 3 podium and a few personal bests as teams and athletes wrapped up the 2018 high school track and field season on the state’s biggest stage.

Here is a look at how Lafourche Parish teams and athletes fared.


Mason Wintzel led the way for the Trojans (21st with nine points) by placing second in the javelin with a mark of 188-02.

Jacob David added a sixth-place finish in the pole vault at 13-11.25.

Courteney Dufrene and Mary Foret each tied for sixth place in the pole vault at 9-00 for the Lady Trojans (38th with half a point), and Claire Hodson was eighth in the triple jump at 33-05.75.


Jeremy Rogers led the Tarpons to a 13th place finish by winning the javelin at 174-03 and taking third in the discus at 145-10.

“When I threw the javelin and realized I had first place, I really didn’t know what to say,” Rogers said. “I was ecstatic. I started training (for both events) during football season, and I hurt my back, but even with the back injury I was still practicing every day. I threw the discus and just worked on my steps for the javelin during the week.”

Rogers had the best mark in 4A entering the meet in the discus, but said two of his competitors – John Mitchell of North Desoto (152-07, first) and Johntrell Steward of Breaux Bridge (151-01, second) – had the best throws of their lives on Saturday.

“The way they had us ranked (coming into the meet) I would have come out first, but both guys threw PRs,” Rogers said. “They did great. It was great competition and a lot of fun. I want to thank everyone who has supported me, my coaches and family, and mostly God.”

Brock Bailleaux recorded an eighth-place finish in the high jump at 5-10.00 for the Tarpons.

The Lady Tarpons placed 25th with six points.

Traya Bruce was fourth in the javelin at 122-08 and ninth in the high jump at 4-10.00.

Emily Danos was also fifth in the discus at 97-09.