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 23 and 24, with nearly 2,000 student-athletes from six states slated to compete in 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.
Some of the key events in this year's meet which could yield Sugar Bowl Track Classic records include the boys' 400-meter dash (Finals, Saturday, 1 p.m.), the boys' shot put (Friday, 4 p.m.), the girls' 1,600-meter run (Saturday, 1 p.m.) and both the boys' (Saturday, 10:30 a.m.) and girls' high jumps (Friday, 4 p.m.).
Standout 400-meter runner Cyril Grayson, also a football star at Rummel High School, has a seed time of 47.16, which would shatter the 2005 boys' record of 47.95 set by Ronnie Alexander. Lionel Ellison, from Shaw, and Malachi Dupree, also a basketball standout for Curtis, could both make runs at the high jump record of 6-10, set by Anthony May in 2008.
In the boys' shot put, sophomore Raquan McClellan from Biloxi has a seed mark of 60 feet, which would top the 2008 meet record set by Mark Barron. John Curtis junior Anthony Taylor is also considered a contender for meet-record status in the shot.
East St. John's boys' 4×100 relay squad is seeded at 41.90, which would break one of the oldest records in the Sugar Bowl meet history – 42.19 by St. Augustine in 1993. The schools' 4×200 relay team could also threaten that mark of 1:26.32, while Ellender's 4×400 relay group is on track to challenge the meet record of 3:15.53.
Marcquita Stalbert, a sophomore from McDonogh #35, will look to defend her Outstanding Track Performer honor from last year when she swept the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes, a first in the 18-year history of the event – as just a freshman. Her seed time of 11.70 in the 100 would break the meet record of 11.73 set in 2001. She also has the top seed-time in the 200 and 400 and will is slated to run in the 4×200 relay.
Carmen Carlos, a junior from McGill-Toolen in Alabama, is considered a strong possibility to break her own 1,600-meter record (5:01.03) set last year, while being entered in the 3,200-meter run with an excellent chance to add that mark (11:03.15 by Julia Cathcart in 2002) to her personal achievements.
Shelley Spires, a sophomore from St. Paul's Episcopal, leads a strong group of competitors in the girls' high jump. The record is 5-08.25 from 2010. Spires' teammate, senior Lacey Dent is expected make a run at the meet's long jump record of 19-01.75 set in 2005 and is the top-seeded girl in the triple jump.
Schedule of Events:Friday, March 23rd
Girls Discus, High Jump & Pole Vault
Boys Shot Put, Long Jump & Javelin
4 x 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
Girls Triple Jump
Saturday, March 24th
Boys Discus, Pole Vault & High Jump
Girls Long Jump, Shot Put, Javelin
1600 Meter Run – Timed Final (All but fast heat)
3200 Meter Run – Timed Final (All but fast heat)
Boys Triple Jump
4 x 200 Relay (Final Against Time)
1600 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 3200 Meter Run (Fast Heat)
Girls 4 x 400 Meter Relay (Final Against Time)
Boys 3200 Meter Run (Fast Heat)
Boys 4 x 400 Meter Relay (Final Against Time)
Metro New Orleans schools with student-athletes in action last year included: Academy of our Lady, Bonnabel, Brother Martin, Carver, Clark, Cohen, Country Day, Curtis, Dominican, East Jefferson, East St. John, Ehret, Franklin, Helen Cox, Higgins, Holy Cross, Jesuit, John McDonogh, Karr, Lusher, Mandeville, McDonogh 35, McGehee, Miller McCoy, Mt. Carmel, Newman, O.P. Walker, Rummel, Shaw, St. Augustine, St. Mary's, Warren Easton, West Jefferson and Xavier Prep. Final entries for 2012 are not complete.
St. Paul's Episcopal of Alabama and Pearl High School of Mississippi earned the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic titles on March 25-26 at Tad Gormley Stadium. St. Paul's Episcopal claimed the girls' team title with 101 points and Pearl High School's 74 points earned the boys' team title.
John Curtis' Dalton Duvio vaulted to a new meet record of 17'01", the number two mark in the nation at that stage of the season, earning him the boys' Outstanding Field Performer award. South Plaquemines' Bradley Sylve (pictured right with Sugar Bowl Committee Member Dennis Waldron) took the 100m (10.24) in meet record time and the 200m (21.25) to claim the boys' Outstanding Track Performer award.
For the girls, Mandeville's Nichole Freeman captured both the javelin (137'10") and discus (105'05") titles to earn girls' Outstanding Field Performer.