Hoover High Sweeps Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Titles
NEW ORLEANS (March 28, 2015) – Hoover High School from Alabama swept the boys’ and girls’ titles at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic to become the first school in the 23-year history of the event to accomplish that feat. Recognized as one of the top high school meets in the Southeast, this year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic welcomed over 100 boys’ and girls’ teams as well as over 2,000 entries from four states (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee).
The Buccaneer boys from Hoover piled up 73 points to edge Memphis University School from Tennessee, which finished with 66 points. The meet came down to the final event, but despite a near record-breaking effort by Memphis University to win the 4×400 relay, Hoover took second place in the race to hold on to the top spot and claim its record sixth title in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic.
McGill-Toolen from Mobile, Ala., captured third place with 44 points, while three schools tied for fourth place. Blount High School, from Eight Mile, Ala.; North Desoto High, from Stonewall, La., and Brother Martin from New Orleans all tallied 26 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, followed by McGill-Toolen with 59 points. Lafayette (La.) High was fourth with 51 points while Mandeville, the top local finisher, rounded out the top five with 31 points.
On an individual level, Memphis University’s Carlton Orange was the top standout as he posted three victories. The senior posted the best high school time in the nation this year in the 800-meter run with a mark of 1:50.94, a meet record (topping the 1:51.55 posted by St. Augustine’s Kerjuan Williams in 2005). Just behind Orange was teammate Terrell Jackson, a junior, who notched a time of 1:51.17, the second-best mark in the country this year. Orange and Jackson (pictured right with record 800-meter times) were also part of a pair of relay victories as the 4×400 meter team posted a time of 3:16.72 and the 4×800 team set another meet record with a mark of 7:45.21. Orange anchored the 4×400 team, while Jackson anchored the 4×800 effort. Orange was the Outstanding Track Performer for boys.
Sean Collins from McGill-Toolen was selected as the Outstanding Field Performer for boys after posting a meet record in the pole vault by clearing 17-02.25. The senior was second last year to previous meet record holder Devin King from Jewell Sumner High School, who had registered a mark of 17-02 in 2013.
For the girls, Maia McCoy, a senior from Whitehaven, was the Outstanding Track Performer. McCoy won both the 100-meter dash (11.82) and the 200-meter dash (24.14) while anchoring the winning 4×400 relay (4:00.11) and the second-place 4×200 relay (1:42.41). 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. Zelden took second in the event last year to Ruston’s Kristen Clark, who set the meet record with a distance of 146-01.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic Records, 2015
Boys’ 800-Meter Dash: Carlton Orange (Memphis University), 1:50.94
Boys’ 300-Meter Hurdles: Christian Boyd (North Desoto), 37.90
Boys’ 4×800 Meter Relay: Memphis University (Clayton Turner, Pierce Rose, Carlton Orange, Terrell Jackson), 7:45.21
Boys’ Pole Vault: Sean Collins (McGill-Toolen), 17-02.25