We’ve seen pretty much what every team has to offer so far and have a solid idea of what we can expect in two weeks. Obviously there will be some decisions to be made for top programs on what events to place their athletes, but for the most part those decisions will be pretty easy to figure out based on what will score the most points.
For spectating purposes, events you want to watch out for include the D1 and D2 boys 60 meter dash, featuring Corey Wren and Kam Jackson; the D1 boys pole vault with top US vaulter Armand Duplantis; D1 girls 800 with Angelle Primeaux; D2 girls pole vault with Reagann Leleaux; D1 boys 400 with 3 runners under 50 currently; D1 boys 4×200 with 3 teams under 1:32; D1 girls 400 with 4 under 59; D1 girls triple Jump with Orsciana Beard; girls shot put with 2 over 42 feet; and D1 girls 4×200 with 3 teams at 1:46.
In the team races, Episcopal looks to be far and away the best D2 boys team and should double the points of the next best program, most likely being one of the Feliciana’s. While the Baton Rouge area is strong for D1 boys, the New Orleans area is strong for D2 girls as St. Katherine Drexel looks to have an almost 20 point lead over second place, currently Sacred Heart of New Orleans with St. James and Lusher Charter vying for a third place finish.
The D1 girls race has tightened up just slightly but Lafayette looks still hold onto a solid double digit advantage over Zachary with Curtis dropping just out of podium contention. Curtis did take a big step forward this weekend in the boys race, now a very comfortable double digit advantage over Zachary and should be able to coast to the title. Overall there seems to be very strong leads by all the top programs heading into the meet and the only thing that should shake that up would be your normal state meet drama of false starts and dropped batons.
In the 4×8, three of the four races are firmly cemented while one may give us some good excitement. Episcopal is a 12 second favorite in the D2 boys race over St. Thomas Aquinas. Menard is a 15 second favorite over Sacred Heart Nola in the D2 girls race. For D1 girls, Lafayette holds a 15 second lead over St. Josephs Academy. Lastly the D1 boys race is where there is a lot of uncertainty. So far the distance marks in 2018 have been far below normal on the boys side (no runners under 2:00 or 4:32 and just two under 10:00) and the 4×8 is feeling it as well. 8:27 leads the state, run by Catholic High, a time that would good for a just missed podium spot in some years. 5 teams sit between 8:27-8:36 and who decides to double vs who decides to save it up for the relay may be the determining factor in who takes home gold.
The indoor state meet takes place on Feb 17th at the LSU Carl Maddox Fieldhouse.
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