Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic Begins Friday park
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic returns to Tad Gormley Stadium this Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, with over 2,000 entries slated for the two-day event. Since 1993, this event has been the largest high school track and field invitational in Louisiana, featuring more than 100 boys and girls teams from throughout the Southeast each year. Admission is $5 per day while children 12 and under may enter free of charge.
The meet will go on as scheduled unless the conditions are deemed unsafe (torrential downpour, lightening etc) at any point. Slight to moderate showers will not necessarily alter the competition times.
Official Meet Site
Full 2015 Meet Results
This year's event will once again feature one of the largest and most impressive fields for a high school track meet in the region with over 75 schools (and over 100 boys and girls teams). Five states will be represented in the meet – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, March 27
|4 p.m.||Girls' Discus, High Jump & Pole Vault|
|Boys' Shot Put, Long Jump & Javelin|
|4×800 Meter Relay (Final Against Time)|
|Girls' 100 Meter Hurdles Prelims – 18 qualify for final|
|Boys 110 Meter Hurdles Prelims – 18 qualify for final|
|100 Meter Dash Prelims – 18 qualify for final|
|400 Meter Dash Prelims – 18 qualify for final|
|800 Meter Run – Timed Final (All But Fast Heat)|
|200 Meter Dash Prelims – 18 qualify for final|
|300 Meter Hurdles Prelims – 18 qualify for final|
|6 p.m.||Girls' Triple Jump|
Saturday, March 28
|10 a.m.||Boys' Discus, Pole Vault (Section 1) & High Jump|
|Girls' Long Jump, Shot Put, Javelin|
|1,600 Meter Run – Timed Final (All but fast heat)|
|11:30 a.m.||3,200 Meter Run – Timed Final (All but fast heat)|
|12 p.m.||Boys' Triple Jump|
|1 p.m.||Boys Pole Vault (Section 2)|
|4 x 200 Relay (Final Against Time)|
|1,600 Meter Run (Fast Heat)|
|100 / 110 Hurdles Final (2 Heats)|
|100 Meter Dash Final (2 Heats)|
|800 Meter Run (Fast Heat)|
|4 x 100 Meter Relay (Final Against Time)|
|400 Meter Dash Final (2 Heats)|
|300 Meter Hurdles Final (2 Heats)|
|200 Meter Dash Final (2 Heats)|
|Girls' 3,200 Meter Run (Fast Heat)|
|Girls' 4 x 400 Meter Relay (Final Against Time)|
|Boys' 3,200 Meter Run (Fast Heat)|
|Boys' 4 x 400 Meter Relay (Final Against Time)|
The marquee events of the meet could be the boys 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs or possibly the girls 1,600-meter and the 3,200-meter runs on Saturday.
John Curtis star Devyn Keith is the 1,600-meter favorite – the senior has won 14 individual state titles in his career, including the Division I indoor championship in the 1,600-meter run last month and the Class 5A Cross Country Championship in the fall. Challenges will come from Eric Coston from St. Paul's (Class 5A cross country runner-up), Assumption's Jacob Daigle (Class 4A Cross Country champion and last year's Class 4A champ in the 3,200-meter run), Austin Ballow from Jewell Sumner (Class 3A Cross Country champion and the Division 2 indoor champion in the 3,200) and Scott Maggio from St. Mary's (the Division 2 indoor champion in the 1,600).
In the 800, Keith will again contend for the title, he has won five straight Louisiana state championships in the event (indoor and outdoor). Terrell Jackson, from Memphis (Tenn.) University School returns to the Sugar Bowl meet for the second time; last year, he posted a record-breaking time of 1:51.17 in the 800 only to be edged at the finish by his own teammate, Carlton Orange, who now runs for Arkansas.
Another John Curtis standout is one of the top young sprinters in the country as eight grader Corey Wren could challenge the Sugar Bowl record books. Wren won the Division 1 indoor state title in the 60-meter dash, while leading off Curtis' winning 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams last month. He is scheduled to run the 100-meter dash as well as the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays. Hakim Ruffin, from Franklin High School, was the Class 3A state champ in the 100-meter dash while taking second in the 200 as a freshman last spring. He is expected to run the 100 and the 200 as well as the 4×100 and the 4×200 relays this weekend. De La Salle senior Semaj Lewis will also be a top sprinter in the event; he took second place in the 60-meter dash at this year's Division 2 indoor championships after finishing third in the outdoor 200 last spring. Junior Jandon Briscoe from Jesuit will compete in the 200 and the 400; he was the Division I indoor champion in the 400 last month and finished second in Class 4A's outdoor championship last year.
The girls 1,600-meter run also promises to be an exciting event. Mandeville has a pair of standouts in Olivia Murphy, the Division 1 indoor champion in the 3,200-meter run and the Class 5A Cross Country champion, and Claire Crosby, who won the Division I Indoor title in the 1,600 while taking third in the indoor 800 and second in the 5A cross country meet. Ascension Catholic also features two marquee runners as junior Sophia Daigle was second in the Division 2 indoor 1,600 and third in the Class 1A Cross Country state meet and sophomore Stephanie Breaux took third in the 1,600 indoors while winning the 1A state title in cross country.
Another distance event, the 3,200-meter run will include some of the top cross country runners in the state, including Sophia Daigle and Breanna Bernard from Ascension Catholic, Mandeville's Ally McCulley, Emily Doyle from Dominican, Lusher eighth-grader Carolyn McGinnis and Mt. Carmel's Isabella Hemb, the two-time winner of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Cross Country Championship. Michelle Myers from Houston High School took third place in the Tennessee cross country state championship last fall.
The 800-meter run for girls will feature defending champion Chelsey Jones from Mandeville, who also captured the 800-meter state indoor title for Division I last month. Lusher's Aislinn Roberts was second in Division 2 in the state meet.
Janey O'Connor from Zachary continues the long line of elite sprinters in the Sugar Bowl track event. The Division 1 Indoor State Champion in the 60- and 400-meter dash, O'Connor took second last year in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes after winning the 200 in 2014 as a freshman. West Jefferson sophomore Tahja Mitchell is also a sprinter to watch as she took second in the Division State Championship in the 400 last month.
Other Louisiana state champions in action include Zachary's Frankie Griffin (high jump), Edna Karr's Rikianne Patterson (long jump) and Mt. Carmel's Brooke Petkovich (triple jump). Margaret Ollinger from McGill-Toolen was the Alabama state champion in the pole vault and she could challenge the Sugar Bowl meet records in that event. Another McGill-Toolen standout will be Grace Jensen who is slated to run the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 – she finished in the top four in each of those events at the Alabama indoor state championships.
Samantha Zelden, a senior from St. Scholastica who was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer in the Sugar Bowl meet last year, returns for her third year competing in the javelin. She won the event last year with a throw of 145-03, just 10 inches off the meet record set two years ago.
Hoover High School from Alabama swept the boys' and girls' titles at the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic to become the first school in the 23-year history of the event to accomplish that feat. The Buccaneer boys from Hoover piled up 73 points to edge Memphis University School from Tennessee, which finished with 66 points. On the girls' side, Hoover cruised to a dominant victory, tallying 106 points to win its first title in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic. Whitehaven High from Memphis was second with 69 points.
The Outstanding Field Performer for girls was Samantha Zelden, a junior from St. Scholastica, who narrowly missed the meet record in the javelin with a throw of 145-03, just 10 inches of the meet record, last year. She finished second two years ago.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 27 national champions, 88 Hall of Fame players, 47 Hall of Fame coaches and 17 Heisman Trophy winners in its 82-year history. The 83rd Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 2, 2017. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.3 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 25,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2 billion into the local economy in the last decade.