Individuals Shine at 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic
NEW ORLEANS (March 27, 2010) – The 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic re-established itself as one of the premier high school track events in the Southeast this weekend after taking a one-year hiatus for field renovations. This year’s event saw multiple meet records established along with numerous crowd-rousing performances which rank on a national level.
The top individual performers on the girls’ side both turned in tremendous performances. On Friday afternoon, North Carolina-bound Merritt Van Meter established a new pole vault record by clearing 13 feet. She missed on her first two efforts at 12-6 for the record, but then topped that mark for the record before improving it to 13. She earned Most Outstanding Field Performer honors among girls.
The Most Outstanding Track Performer was Florida-bound Cory McGee from Pass Christian. One of the top milers in the nation, McGee opted to run the 800 in New Orleans. She quickly jumped out in front at the start and dazzled all with her speed as she shattered the previous meet record of 2:14.58 with a time of 2:10.04 – the top time in the nation this year.
On the boys side, Joshua Sigler, from Murphy High School in Mobile, earned Most Outstanding Field Performer honors after winning the long jump (22-10.75) and the triple jump (45-06). Most Outstanding Track Performer Recognition went to Stew Shoemaker from Bayside Academy, also in Alabama, who won the 800-meter run (1:58.93) and the 1,600-meter run (4:32.87).
Another top performance was turned in by Toshika Sylvester from Phoenix High, who was the only triple-winner of the meet, capturing the girls’ 100-meter dash (12.07), the 200-meter dash (24.87) and the long jump (17-07). Maudrecus Humphrey from Hoover High School in Alabama, won the boys’ 100-meter dash (10.81) and the 200-meter dash (21.94); and Hilary Woods from Xavier Prep, topped the girls 400-meter dash field with a time of 56.38, while also helping her school to first in the 4×200 relay and second in the 4×400 relay. Katherine White, from St. Paul’s High School in Mobile, set a meet record in the high jump with a mark of 5-8.25.
Hoover scored 85.5 points to win the boys team championship with St. Augustine finishing second with 72 points. On the girls side, St. Paul’s Episcopal of Mobile, tallied 90.5 points for a wide-margin of victory over Hoover (72 points) and Xavier Prep (54).
Metro New Orleans schools with student-athletes competing included: Ben Franklin, Bonnabel, Cabrini, Carver, Chapelle, Cohen, Desire Street Academy, Douglass, East St. John, Ellender, Grace King, Helen Cox, Higgins, Holy Cross, Jesuit, John Curtis, John Ehret, John McDonogh, Karr, Lusher, Mandeville, McDonogh #35, McMain, Metairie Park Country Day, Mt. Carmel, Newman, Northshore, Sacred Heart, St. Augustine, St. Mary’s, Ursuline, West Jefferson and Xavier Prep.