THE POST-SIGNAL / Chris Quebedeaux
Notre Dame’s Taylor Faul hands off to Megan Maloz during a recent meet. Faul and Maloz teamed with Brookelyn Owens and Mary Leonards to place second in the 4x400 Tuesday at the regional meet in New Iberia.
Lady Pios qualify five athletes for 2A state meet
Heading into Tuesday’s Class 2A regional meet at New Iberia Senior High, Notre Dame’s Pios and Lady Pios knew it would be an uphill climb.
Although Notre Dame sent a strong contingent to the meet, they were up against some of the toughest competition in the state at the 2A level, including three-time defending state champion Episcopal of Baton Rouge.
At the end of the day, the Lady Pios fared pretty well: they placed ninth in the field of 16 teams with 31.33 points and had five athletes qualify for state in two events.
Episcopal’s girls won the regional title with 97 points. Port Allen claimed the runnerup spot with 77 points and Catholic High of New Iberia was third with 69.
Alyssa Williams was the first Notre Dame athlete to earn a spot in the state meet when she placed third in the shot put with a mark of 32-6.
Then, in the final event of the evening, the Lady Pios made sure Williams wasn’t the only one making the trek to Baton Rouge next week.
Notre Dame’s 4x400-meter relay team of Taylor Faul, Brookelyn Owens, Mary Leonards and Megan Maloz teamed to clock a season-best time of 4:21.60 to place second.
Anna Morgan just missed out on a spot in next week’s state competition by inches. She placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 105-8. Episcopal’s Lauren Smith was third (106-6).
Faul also logged a fourth-place showing the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.26.
Also scoring for the Lady Pios were Hannah Rosinski with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump (33-7 3/4); Leonards was sixth (33-3 3/4). Rosinski also placed sixth in the long jump (16-0 1/2).
Alexis LeBlanc also earned a point with a sixth-place finish in the discus (91-3).
In boys competition, Episcopal, also the three-time defending Class 2A state champion, ran away with the team title by racking up 146 points.
East Feliciana was a distant second with 98 points and The Church Academy of Baton Rouge was third (67).
Notre Dame finished 15th with 7.5 points.
Scoring for the Pios were Joe Pommier and Cody LeBlanc in the javelin. Pommier was fourth with a throw of 155-5 and LeBlanc finished sixth (151-8).
Zack Satchell was the only other Pios to earn points, finishing with a fifth-place mark of 41-8 1/4. The jump was a personal best for the junior.
The Class 2A State Track and Field Championships will be run on Friday, May 4 at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium in Baton Rouge. Field events begin at 1:30 p.m. with the running events slated for 5.