Now that the season is over, let’s have a look back at who won the titles and who came away as our 4×8 champs.
D2 Girls 4×8: Menard was our leader going in and our winner going out. Their 8 second cushion closed to just a 3 second victory over Lusher Charter who did a phenomenal job finishing second a year after their state champion anchor leg graduated. STA usurped the podium from the EHS Knights as they finished just another three seconds behind Lusher in 10:14.
D2 Girls Team: Brusly girls Taylor Shaw and Ta’la Spates did their thing as they ran away with the team title and scored more points than the mid season performance lists projected. EHS came from outside the early picture to take the runner-up spot behind a pair of podium finishes by Alicia Stamey.
D2 Boys 4×8: EHS cruised to the title as expected but STA dropped 15 seconds off their seed time and finished only 6 seconds behind the Knights in 8:36. Runnels held on for third with an 8:49.
D2 Boys Team: We noted that EHS had nearly double the projected points of the next team which came true. Not only that, it would have taken the next 3 teams combined points to beat them as well! On top of the pile for second place was West Feliciana who battled back into that spot after an early DQ in the 4×2.
D1 Girls 4×8: If you didn’t podium, you were lapped by Lafayette. Their 9:48 wasn’t enough to beat Mandeville’s record from the state meet last year in 9:47, though. St. Joe’s and Mandeville took second and third respectively but the race was fairly spread out, SJA hitting 10:10 and Mandeville 10:20. If you missed the race, don’t worry, Lafayette only graduates one leg this year.
D1 Girls Team: We knew SJA and Lafayette would be in the hunt. Well, Lafayette decided they didn’t want it to be competitive and ran away with a 19 point victory over Zachary who themselves beat out highly touted SJA for second place after the Redstickers looked like a lock for a trophy finish. Zachary exceeded expectations and got Janie one more indoor team podium appearance before she moves off to the college ranks next year.
D1 Boys 4×8: It hasn’t always been the case that the 4×8 features the best the state has to offer. It seemed that every team was still in the hunt when the baton went off to their final legs. Unfortunately for the other schools, St. Paul’s had Eric Coston on their final leg. He powered into first place and won with an 8:16 over a great Brother Martin squad who was running all their top dogs as well. Catholic eventually finished third but by just a couple tenths of a second over a surging Airline program who really has made major progress this year in both XC and track. Last year’s winner Curtis was nipped at the line for 5th place by Dutchtown. Curtis had three legs doubling back from previous races and could not muster their form from last year.
D1 Boys Team: While the three other team champions went as expected, the D1 boys team race did not. After an injury kept Curtis’ top sprinter from qualifying in the event he won last year as an 8th grader, missing out on the fast heat of the 4×400, and finishing almost out the points in the 4×8, the Patriots were 16 points shy of Catholic High who finished on the podium in all three relays. Catholic also scored in every running event except the 400, although 3 of those were only 6th place points. Kam Cummings did pick up a couple points in the triple jump which he was not projected to do. With the amount Curtis has returning next year, it will be worth watching if Catholic can bounce back from losing so many top caliber athletes the past two years to defend their title next indoor season. And track fans don’t worry, expect another close team title between these two teams in a little over two months.