Gabrielle Jennings Caps Sensational Career with May Athlete of the Month Honor park
One of the most accomplished distance runners in history, Gabrielle Jennings has capped her distinguished high school career by being selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for May. The monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Award Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Jennings, from First Baptist Christian School in Slidell, won the 400-, 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter races in Class C at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Track & Field Meet to finish her career with 44 individual state championships. She posted a time of 5:07.76 in the 1,600-meter run to win by more than a full minute (her time would have won Class B, 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A as well). She posted a time of 2:23.06 in the 800 (26 seconds faster than her closest competition). In the 3,200-meter run, she dominated even more thoroughly, registering a time of 11:34.23 – more than three minutes faster than the second-place finisher. Jennings will run at Furman in the fall.
The list of competition for Jennings was very impressive as well as it included Orenthia Bennett from SUNO Track & Field, Alex Egan from St. Thomas Aquinas Baseball, Jameson Fisher from Southeastern Louisiana Baseball, Alex Massey from Tulane Baseball and Kyle Montrel from Xavier University Tennis. The non-baseball candidates were both All-Americans at the NAIA level – Bennett won a pair of NAIA National Championships, snagging titles in the 400-meter dash and the 4×400-meter relay; while Montrel led Xavier to the NAIA National finals and earned first-team All-America honors for the third consecutive year. Fisher and Massey were catalysts for two top collegiate baseball programs – Fisher, one of the top hitters in the nation this year, batted .408 for Southeastern Louisiana while helping the Lions clinch the No. 2 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament; and Massey posted a 2-0 record with a 2.16 ERA in May, keying Tulane's clinching of the American Athletic Conference title and also picking up a key victory in the American Tournament. Egan, another baseballer, this one at the high school level, keyed St. Thomas Aquinas' run to the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Championship. The sophomore right-hander allowed just four hits and struck out eight in a 3-1 victory over No. 2 St. Charles Catholic to lift the Falcons to their first-ever state title in baseball.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1957. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region in order to be eligible. Each of the monthly award winners will be honored in the summer at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.