Out-of-State Schools Win Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic park
Conroe Oak Ridge High from Texas and Whitehaven High from Tennessee captured the boys and girls titles, respectively at the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic. The two-day event at Tad Gormley Stadium, included multiple records and a thrilling finish as Conroe took the boys title with a victory in the final event of the day, the 4×400-meter relay. This year's event featured one of the largest and most impressive fields for a high school track meet in the region with 87 schools (120 teams boys and girls) and over 2,100 total entries. Five different states were represented in the meet – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.
Finishing just behind Conroe's 46.5 points, were Opelika (Ala.) and Houston (Tennessee), who tied for second with 45 points. St. Paul's (Covington, La.) was fourth with 44 points, while Edna Karr (New Orleans) rounded out the top five boys' teams with 34 points. On the girls side, Whitehaven earned first with 52 points, while St. Paul's Episcopal (Ala.) was just behind with 51 points. Opelika was third with 42, followed by Zachary (La.) with 38 and Hattiesburg (Miss.) with 28.
The individual award winners from the girls meet were Kristen Clark (Ruston, La.), who was the Outstanding Field Athlete after setting an event record in the javelin, while Aleia Hobbs (McMain, New Orleans, La.) was the Outstanding Track Athlete after tallying the meet record in the 100-meter dash. For the boys, Zachary Albright (St. Paul's, Covington, La.) was the Outstanding Track Athlete after recording a meet record in the 1,600-meter run and finishing fifth in the 800. Sam Kempka (Houston, Tenn.) was the Outstanding Field Athlete after winning the shot put and the discus.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic Records, 2014
Girls' 100-Meter Dash: Aleia Hobbs, McMain High (New Orleans), 11.58
Girls' 4×100 Relay: Opelika High (Ala.), 47.69
Girls' Javelin: Kristen Clark, Ruston High (La.), 146-01
Boys' 1,600-Meter Run: Zachary Albright, St. Paul's (Coving, La.), 4:12.65
Boys' 300-Meter Hurdles: Christian Boyd, North Desoto High (Stonewall, La.), 38.02
Other strong performances were turned in by Samantha Zelden (St. Scholastica), Margaret Ollinger (McGill-Toolen, Ala.) and Shelly Spires (St. Paul's Episcopal). Zelden threw the javelin 145-06 to briefly hold the meet record before being edged by Clark. Ollinger won the pole vault with a mark of 12-10 and narrowly missed on attempts at 13-0.5, which would have set a meet record. Spires captured her second straight high jump title, this time with a marl of 5-6 as she narrowly missed topping 5-8.5, which would have been a new meet record. Amongst the boys, Devin King from Jewell Sumner (Kentwood, La.) settled for winning the pole vault at 17-00, as a strong headwind denied his hopes for breaking his own event record.
Two young standouts on the girls' side included freshman Janey O'Connor (Zachary, La.), who won the 200-meter dash and took fourth in the 100; and sophomore Gabrielle Jennings (First Baptist, Slidell, La.), who captured the 1,600-meter run title.
Entering the final event of the day, the 4×400 relay, St. Paul's (Covington) was in first place with 44 points, followed by Houston (Tenn.) with 41, Opelika (Ala.) with 37 and Conroe Oak Ridge (Texas) with 36.5. Conroe took the title with it's 10 points from the victory, while Opelika moved up eight points to tie for second due to its second-place finish in the relay. Houston took fourth in the relay to hold a share of second place, while St. Paul's didn't add points to slip to fourth overall.
On the girls' side, Whitehaven had wrapped up the meet victory prior to the 4×400 relay, but the first-place effort by the St. Paul's Episcopal girls lifted them to second place overall.