HIghland’s Tyler Blissett Leads Local Success At State Indoor
BATON ROUGE — Trips to the winners’ grandstand were hard to come by here on Saturday, but a determined handful of athletes from the Acadiana region earned the right to celebrate with victories at the LHSAA State Indoor Track Meet at LSU.
Two outstanding players emerged in the Division I boys when Lafayette’s Gabriel Dupuis pole-vaulted Christian Jonathan Wood of St Thomas More. Both had best clearances of 14-7.25, but Dupuis won with fewer misses.
Three other events saw near misses by local athletes.
Carencro High’s twins, Koen and Kele Beavers, both clocked 6.79s in the 60-meter dash, beaten only by winner Gerrand Smith-Maa’s 6.76.
Westgate’s Dedrick Latulas was second in the triple jump, 44-11, while Cecilia’s Kendrick Alexander was second in the shot put, 49-1.5.
The girls’ high jump went to Cecilia’s Jaquel Williams in 5:4:25. Angelle Dupuis of Teurlings Catholic was second in the 800 in 2:21.05.
Lafayette High performed well in two relay competitions as the 4×800 team of Keelie Dorsey, Amber Brussard, Shelly Burgin and Chloe LeBlanc placed fourth (10:20.17) and the quartet of Ayden Breaux, Breshanna Charles, Burgin and Dorsey Second was :01.343 in the 4×400.
Scotlandville won both the boys (62 points) and girls (71 points) team titles.
Highland Baptist’s Tyler Blissett was the news maker in Division II.
Blissett, last year’s national indoor champion, followed a third-place finish in 4:32.99 in the 1600 with a strong 9:50.0 to win the 3200.
Also in II, Kaplan’s Gabriel Clement was a close second in the 400 with a 49.38.
Irene Kaiser from Episcopal of Acadiana won the triple jump with 35:45 against Bailey Benton from Iota (34:10).
ARCA did well in the pole vault, Lucas Owens third with 13-1.5 and Rachel Owens third in the girls with 10-2.
Mansfield won the boys’ meeting with 46 points while Episcopal of Baton Rouge led the girls’ teams with 89.