Challenges abound for defending 2A champions at Ochsner/LHSAA track meet | High school sports

Title sequences alive? It’s a major question in the Class 2A portion of the LHSAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium.

Between them, the Episcopal boys’ and girls’ teams have won 12 Class 2A titles over the past eight years. The EHS boys have won six in a row, while the girls have won six in eight years, including the year COVID 2020 in which no encounters took place.

Field trials begin at 1:30 p.m. for Classes 1A and 2A on Friday. Race events follow at 5 p.m.

“We qualified very well. It will likely come down to us, Newman and St. Thomas Aquinas,” said Episcopal Girls coach Bill Jones. “Ménard also has some good marks, but it’s more like a three-team race.

“The balance is what I love the most about this team. We have our jumpers and our distance girls as well as the hurdles and our relays. We are ranked first or second in all four relays.

The boys’ competition offers a lesson in the differences between the regional and national meet. Episcopal swept both regional titles last week, but the Knights came away with fewer qualified boys. Unlike regional competitions where the top four competitors qualify, only the top three qualify for the LHSAA competition.

“Lafayette Christian is loaded and those top finishes they have will continue this week and should be top marks,” Episcopal Boys coach Claney Duplechin said. “It will be interesting. You never know what will happen in a state meet. In 48 years, I’ve seen crazy things.

“We would be very happy to be somewhere on the podium at the end of the competition. These kids are just good people. They work hard. I love being with them and I’m proud of everything they do.

On the field, the EHS girls rely on Alana Simon and Frances Oliver in the jumps. Simon and Daila Young team up in the hurdles. The schoolgirl Lucy Cramer is in the 1600 and 800 m. Dunham’s Riley Ries is another distance runner to watch.

Also of note, basketball star Amite Jalencia Pierre has the highest score in the triple jump and long jump.

The cross section of male competitors to watch is led by Dunham distance runner John Walker McDonald. Port Allen’s Jordan Antoine (shot put) and the Episcopal duo of Dryden Duggins (hurdlers) and Alex Hollier (distance runners) are looking to score key points for their teams.