Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic Begins Friday
Monday, March 20, 2017
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic returns to Tad Gormley Stadium this Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, with over 2,000 entries slated for the two-day event. Since 1993, this event has been the largest high school track and field invitational in Louisiana; this year's meet has 126 boys' and girls' teams entered (83 different schools) from seven states (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee). Admission is $5 per day while children 12 and under may enter free of charge.
Friday, March 24
Prominent Entries (Girls)
Tahja Mitchell (Jr., West Jefferson): Defending state champ and record-holder (D1) in the indoor 400-meter dash. Second in the 400 and third in the 100 and 200 at 2016 outdoor state championships. Entered in the 100- and 200-meter dashes as well as the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Caitlyn Little (Sr., Hoover): Won the 60m hurdles (8.56), second in the 60-meter dash (7.75) and fourth in the 400 (58.07) at the Alabama Indoor State Championships. Entered in the 100- and 200- meter dashes and could threaten the meet record in the 100-meter hurdles (13.90) which has stood since 2008.
Alacia Myles (Fr., Edna Karr): Third in high jump (5-02) as a freshman at LHSAA indoor meet. Entered in high jump, 200, 4x200 and 4x400.
Sydney Steely (Jr., Hoover): Second in the 800 (2:15.89) and eighth in 1,600 (5:13.12) at Alabama indoor championships. Entered in the 800 and the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
Gracie Hyde (Jr., Lonoke, Ark.): Arkansas indoor state champ in the 800 (2:31.40), 1,600 (5:38.57) and the 3,200 (11:47.93) and third in the 400. Entered in the 1,600; she ran a 5:00 1,600 at a February meet.
Anna Grace Morgan (Sr. Mountain Brook): Alabama state champ in the 1,600 (4:59.96) and the 3,200 (10:58.97) and fifth in the 800. Entered in the 1,600 and the 4x800 relay.
Grace Jensen (Jr., McGill-Toolen): Won the 800 (2:13.74), second in 3,200 (11:32.02) and fourth in the 1,600 (5:11.57) at the Alabama indoor championships. Last year, won the 800, second in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600, while helping the 4x800 team to second. She's entered in the same events this year.
Ella Baran (Jr., Houston, Tenn.): Won last year's 1,600 with a time of 5:06.57, eighth-best all-time.
Sophie Daigle (Sr., Ascension Catholic): 2016 Class 1A state champ in the 1,600 (5:30.66).
Michelle Myers (Sr., Houston, Tenn.): Won last year's 3,200 with a time of 11:12.24, third-best all-time.
Michelle Nkoudou (Jr., Hoover): Second in the 60-meter hurdles (9.18) at the Alabama indoor championships. Entered in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles, as well as 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
Rikianne Patterson (Sr., Edna Karr): Could challenge the meet record in the long jump (19-01.75 in 2005). She jumped 18-10.50 last year, fourth-best all-time. Also entered in the 100, the 4x100 and the 4x200.
Genesis Jones (Jr., Hoover): Alabama indoor champion in the high jump (5-04), second in the long jump (17-01.75) and fifth in the triple jump (34-11.50). Entered in all three events, as well as 4x200 relay.
Prominent Entries (Boys)
Jandon Briscoe (Sr., Jesuit): Indoor state champion in the 400 (49.67) and second in the 60 (7.04). Entered in the 200, 400 and 4x200 relay.
Trent Hamner (Sr., Hoover): Alabama indoor champion in the 400 (50.03) and the 800 (1:54.69). Entered in the 800 and the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
Griffin Riley (Sr., Mountain Brook): Alabama runner-up in the 800 (1:56.86). Entered in the 800 and the 4x400.
Tommy McDonough (Sr., Hoover): First in the 1,600 (4:25.41) and the 3,200 (9:26.88) and fourth in the 800 (1:58.16) at the Alabama indoor championships. Entered in the 1,600 and the 4x800 relay.
Charlie Slaughter (Jr., Mountain Brook): Fouth in the 1,600 (4:26.48) and fifth in the 3,200 (9:31.33) and the 800 (1:58.20) at the Alabama indoor championships. Entered in the 1,600 and the 4x400 relay.
Eric Coston (Sr., St. Paul's): State indoor champion in the 1,600 (4:21.63) In February. 2016 outdoor champion in the 1,600 (4:16.66) and the 3,200 (9:25.74). Entered in the 800 and the 3,200.
Hunter Appleton (So., Brother Martin): State indoor champion in the 3,200; second in Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Cross Country Championships. Entered in the 1,600.
Oakley Coleman (Jr., McGill-Toolen): Alabama indoor state champion in the high jump (6-06).
Jake Spotswood (Sr., McGill-Toolen): Alabama indoor state runner-up in the high jump (6-04).
Noah Igbinoghene (Sr., Hewitt-Trussville): Alabama indoor state champion in the long jump (24-05) and triple jump (50-03). Strong candidate to break the meet record in the triple (49-09.75, 1999) and could be the first boy to crack the Sugar Bowl's top 10 in the long jump (22-10) since 2013. He would be the first boy to have top-10 marks in both events. Entered in the long jump, triple jump, 100 and 4x100.
Poni Tu'uat (Sr., John Curtis): State indoor champion in the shot put (57-0). Could challenge the meet record of 58-02.50. Entered in the shot put and discus.
Zach Tom (Sr. Baton Rouge Catholic): State indoor runner-up in the shot put (56-9).
Hunter Merry (Sr., Lafayette): State runner-up in the discus (159-01) at the 2016 outdoor championships.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 27 national champions, 92 Hall of Fame players, 48 Hall of Fame coaches and 17 Heisman Trophy winners in its 83-year history. The 84th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, which will double as a College Football Playoff Semifinal, will be played on January 1, 2018. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 25,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade.