Tigers see three take podium at state meet

Hahnville’s Jazmine Young, Ashlyn Jack and Anthony Williams each earned a place on the winner’s podium at last week’s Class 5A state track and field championship meet at LSU, each taking third place finishes in their respective events.Young took third place in the girls javelin (126-02.25) and Jack took third in the girls 300 meter hurdles (46.26), while Williams earned third place in the boys high jump (6-04).

For Hahnville, Alexis Williams captured fourth place in the 400; Hahnville’s girls 4×200 relay team took sixth place; Emily Blanchard took sixth in the 3,200 and ninth in the 1,600. Jyia Joseph was seventh in the high jump. The girls 4×400 relay team finished eighth.

For the Tiger boys, Williams took eighth in the 100 meters and Aaron Williams was sixth in the triple jump.

Destrehan’s Jala Richard captured fourth in the girls triple jump and seventh in the long jump.

Terrell Chopin finished eighth in the boys javelin among Wildcat boys, while Quinton Torbor was eighth in the high jump.

Hahnville coach Chris Stroud said overall, there was a little disappointment about the state performance given some high expectations going in, but said the Tigers 2017 season set the table for what could be an even stronger performance a year from now.

“We have Anthony and Ashlyn coming back, as well as Alexis, but also we have a lot of freshman and sophomore sprinters we’re really pleased with,” Stroud said. “I think we’re going to have another strong overall boys and girls team again next year.”

But Young, who signed with Southern for track and field at last week’s spring signing ceremony, is one competitor Stroud said will certainly be missed.

“She was strong for our team,” Stroud said. “She not only placed third in javelin at state, but she finished fourth in the regional in both the shot put and discus. She nearly qualified for state in three events. She’s got a chance to have a lot of success down the road for Southern.”

Both state qualifying relay teams on the girls side, the 4×200 and 4×400 (Williams, Jack, Marigny Clay and Yelah Moses in both events) will bring back its full quartet.

“We’ll be strong in the relays again,” Stroud said.

He added that having a chance to compete at the state meet this season should pay dividends going forward.

“I think the big stage at LSU, the state track meet, it’s definitely a learning experience,” Stroud said. “Now, we’ve got a little of that under our belt and next year we’ll finish a little higher on the podium, hopefully.”

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