We’re less than four weeks away from the state championship for Indoor Track and we’ve only two regular season meets left to qualify. The main players for championship honors have already separated themselves from the pack and we break them down here:
D2 Girls: Brusly is looking to ride their top two sprinters, Taylor Shaw and Ta’la Spates, all the way to the title. The girls are ranked 1 and 3 in both the 60 and 400 dash and are major parts of the top ranked 4×2 and second ranked 4×4. If they hold true, their 50 points will tough for the next tier of teams to keep up. Currently, last years’ title winner, Lusher, is projected at second in the low 30s but Ascension Catholic, Glen Oaks, St. James and Iowa all figure to be in the hunt for a top 2 finish.
D1 Girls: There are two teams then the rest. St. Joseph’s and Lafayette are the clear cut teams who will finish 1-2 at state, but with only a few points separating them the question is who is #1? Lafayette currently has a slight edge by a few points with the best overall relay school (3rd in the 4×2 and first in both the 4×4 and 4×8) but SJA has more athletes looking to qualify with potential scoring positions meaning if a few of those girls step up and get more points than expected, the standings could easily flip flop. Zachary is a distant third being anchored by All-American Janie O’Conner.
D2 Boys: In cross country fashion, Episcopal is the far and away best program in the boys small school division (almost twice as many points projected for their score than the next team) and should’t be challenged. Impressively, EHS is dominating with basically just distance runners and two jumpers. Per usual with state meets involving EHS, the race for runner up is where the drama lies with Newman, West Feliciana and Christian Life all virtually tied through three meets for their projected state scores.
D1: We can call this a two team race for the title out of respect for what Catholic High has done the past few decades in track, but it looks like Curtis is in the driver seat again this year. Curtis currently has a safe double digit lead with a big factor being Catholic is currently projected to score only 2 points in the 60, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 combined. Curtis is projected to score 20 in the same events. The relays are an interested story where Catholic currently has not qualified a 4×2 team yet after being DQ’d last meet and neither team has run an A 4×4. Curtis has the roster to get close to their 3:25 from last year, even with the graduation of two key runners. The 4×8 will be a battle between the two as well as Catholic is the current leader at 8:26 and Curtis has 3 runners have run or split 2:05 or better this indoor season and a fourth with a 2:06 PR.
There will be plenty of individual performances to watch out for as well, and we will preview that later in the season!