Out in the deserts of the southwest last week, several local track and field stars put together some of their best performances of the year at the Great Southwest Classic at the University of New Mexico.
The meet is by invitational only with athletes from 20 different states.
Sulphur’s Kael Brown placed in the top-20 in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles, turning in personal best in each event. He ran a 38.89 seconds to place 11th in the 300 hurdles and clocked in at 14.79 seconds for a 17th place finish in the 110 hurdles.
Sulphur’s Kate Turner jumped a personal best 18 feet, 6 inches, to place 13th in the long jump, beating her previous best distance by 4 1/2 inches. She also helped lead the Louisiana 4x200-meter relay team, along with Leesville’s Faith Outing, to a fourth place finish (1:39.93). Turner placed in the top-20 in the 100-meter dash at 12.49 seconds.
Outing won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:16.89.\
Also for Sulphur, Jacob Darbonne placed sixth in the 800-meter run (2:01.03) and helped lead the 4x800-meter relay team to a seventh place finish.
St. Louis’ Ivan Appleton (3200-meter run, 10th, 10:06.62) and Gabriel Meyers (javelin, 9th, 165-0) had top-10 finishes.
All-state track & field
Nearly a dozen Southwest Louisiana athletes have been named to the 2019 Louisiana Sports Writers Association all-state track and field team.
Westlake senior Xavier Guillory, a Indiana Wesleyan University signee and state champion, led the way with a pair of all-state honors in the long jump (24 feet) and triple jump (45-10 3/4). He is joined on the team by teammate Brock Meyers, the Class 3A state champion pole vaulter (16-0).
Sam Houston placed three athletes on the team in Weston Evans, the 5A long jump state champ (23-6 1/2), 800-meter state champion Halyn Senegal (2:16.84) and 5A high jump state champ Brian Soileau (6-6).
Others from SWLA include South Beauregard’s Jacob Darbonne (javelin, 178-11), Barbe’s Darrius Wallace (300-meter hurdles, 38.68) and Chadlyn Gladney (high jump, 5-4), DeQuincy’s Holden Leblanc (pole vault, 15-6) and Leesville’s Faith Outing (400-meter dash, 56.07). Gladney was the 5A high jump runner up while Outing won the 4A 400 and 800.
Class 3A all-state softball
Westlake senior pitcher Myka Lester finished off her high school career with her fourth consecutive LSWA Class 3A all-state honor.
She she made the first team for the third consecutive year after batting .500 with seven doubles, 12 home runs and 33 RBIs.
In her final season in the circle, she went 9-10 with 100 strikeouts in 108 innings.
Lester won all-state honorable mention honors as a freshman in 2016 and made the first team in 2017 and 2018.
In four seasons as a starting pitcher, Lester went 59-28 and pitched 503 innings with a 3.98 earned run average. Her best season in the circle was her junior year (2018) when she went 18-7 with 199 strikeouts in 150 1/3 innings and a 1.86 earned run average.
At the plate, she batted .454 with 35 doubles, 33 home runs, 114 runs scored and 143 RBIs in four seasons.