Lady Pios break three school records at regional track meet

Notre Dame's Erin Trahan (Photo by Jason Faul)

ABBEVILLE – Records were meant to be broken and that’s exactly what happened Wednesday at the Region II Class 3A Track and Field Championships.
Notre Dame’s Erin Trahan and Aline Gossen combined to set new school records in the distance races and in doing so, qualified for next week’s State Track and Field Championships at LSU.
Trahan started rewriting the record books in the 1600-meter run when the sophomore knocked over eight seconds off her previous best time and ran a 5:34.08 to win the event.
Even more impressively, it was just her second time running the event. The first time was a week ago in the district meet where she clocked a 5:42.67.
“Coach Lew (Cook) did the numbers and thought that she had a better chance to qualify for state, and compete and get on the podium if she ran the mile so we put her in it last week and she ran a 5:42,” said ND coach James McCleary of Trahan, who also set a record with her second-place time of 2:28.84 in the 800-meter run. “In the mile, she stayed right in there with those girls, let them push the first couple of laps and then she came around the corner in the last lap and just took over.
“It’s just unbelievable what she can do and I don’t think she has reached her potential yet.”
Gossen was just as impressive in the 3200-meter run, shredding 13 seconds off her time from the previous week to place second with a time of 2:28.84 which is also a new school record.
“Aline just had a gutsy performance tonight,” said McCleary. “There were four girls in there and she fought them the whole way. It ended up being who had the fastest quarter the last lap and she just did a great job. I didn’t know she had that much in her but she had a pace that I have never seen before. It was unbelievable and it was wonderful to watch.”
Grace Morgan and Sam Lyons also qualified for the state meet. Morgan won the high jump with a leap of 5-2 while Lyons posted a second-place mark of 34-1 1/4 in the triple jump.
Church Point’s Lauren Sonnier earned a fourth-place finish in the 100-hurdles to earn an alternate spot at next week’s meet with a time of 17.10.
On the boys’ side, Hunter Stelly was the lone qualifier for the Pios. He won the javelin with a throw of 200-6 and earned an alternate slot with a fourth-place heave of 48-10 3/4 in the shot put.
Church Point’s Fredrick Williams earned one more week of competition with a second-place showing in the 400-meter dash (50.86). He also teamed with James Bellard, Justin Roscoe and Brett Richard to place second in the 4 x 100 relay with a time of 43.54. Richard also placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.26.
Region I-3A Meet
WESTLAKE – The Iota Lady Bulldogs qualified three athletes in four events for next week’s State Track and Field Championships by placing in the top three at the Region I-3A track meet Wednesday evening at Westlake High School.
Jillian Boone advanced in two events after placing second in the 1600-meter run (5:51.76) and third in the 800-meter run (2:43.00).
Madison Meche claimed a spot in next week’s meet with a second-place throw of 128-01 in the javelin while Cambri St. Andre advanced after finishing third in the 100 hurdles (16.81).
In boys’ action, Jarrette Fontenot moves on with a third-place finish in the shot put (46-6 1/2) while Bryce Leger nailed down an alternate spot with a fourth-place toss of 122-0 1/2 in the discus.

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