Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic Not Completed Due to Weather
After multiple weather-related delays, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic was cancelled on Saturday afternoon before the completion of many events. The meet was halted three times due to rain and lightning. Those instances, coupled with unfavorable forecasts, led meet organizers to cancel the remainder of the event due to safety concerns for participants, fans and officials.
Despite the cancellation, the meet had an excellent Friday of action, including a pair of meet records. Caitlyn Little, Alabama’s indoor state champ in the 60-meter hurdles, may have been the most impressive competitor. The senior from Hoover (Ala.) High School set a meet record in the preliminary heat of the 100-meter hurdles, running a 13.64 to break the mark of 13.90 seconds set by Dinesha Bean from Cordova (Tenn.) High School in 2008. Little also had the top qualifying times in the 100-meter dash (12.04) and the 200-meter dash (24.26).
The other meet record came in the boys’ javelin as junior Tzuriel Pedigo from Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge) High School, had a throw of 206-00 to break the record set by Ruston (La.) High’s Mark Taylor in 2004. Pedigo was second in the Louisiana Class 3A outdoor meet last spring.
West Jefferson (La.) High School junior Tahja Mitchell, the Louisiana girls’ state record holder in the 400-meter dash, posted a 12.16-second time in the 100 and a 24.39 time in the 200 to qualify second in both of those events. Edna Karr (New Orleans) senior Rikianne Patterson, the Louisiana state 4A champion in the long jump, was third (12.32) in the 100.
Junior Grace Jensen from McGill-Toolen ran a 2:17.45 in the 800-meter run to finish atop the list of qualifiers. Jensen won the event last year as well as taking the Alabama state title during February’s indoor championships.
Ursuline Academy of New Orleans had a pair of field-event winners in senior Alysia Terry, who earned the triple-jump title with a distance of 35-05.50 and senior Kalee Jo Banks, who won the pole vault with a height of 11-06.
The girls’ high jump was won by Ariel Pedigo, just an eighth-grader from Parkview Baptist, with a height of 5-02. Pedigo is the younger sister of Tzuriel Pedigo, who set the meet’s javelin mark.
John Curtis senior Poni Tu-uta, the Louisiana D1 indoor champion in the shot put, won the boys’ title in that event with a distance of 55-11.00. Zach Tom, from Catholic of Baton Rouge, was second in the shot put – the same position he finished at the state indoor meet.
Noah Igbinoghene, a senior from Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.), was the meet champion in the long jump with a distance of 23-01.25. He was the Alabama state champion in both the long jump and the triple jump at this year’s indoor state championship; he also topped Friday’s 100-meter dash prelims with a time of 10.87.
Hoover (Ala.) High junior standout Marion Humphrey was first in qualifying for the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.37 while also finishing second in 300-meter hurdle prelims at 39.80. Edna Karr (New Orleans) senior Harrison Coleman was the top qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.74.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic has been held at City Park’s Tad Gormley Stadium since 1993. The event is the largest high school track and field invitational in Louisiana; this year’s meet had over 1,300 individuals from 126 boys’ and girls’ teams entered (83 different schools). Seven states (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee) were represented.