2017 TRACK & FIELD
Saint Thomas Aquinas Track & Field collects a pair of Runner-Up Trophies!
Girls and Boys both earn Runner-Up Honors at the Region 3-2A Track and Field Meet ... Junior Will Hetzinger was named the Region 3-2A MVP.

HAMMOND—Two is better than one and that was true for the Saint Thomas Aquinas girls and boys track and field squads on Wednesday as they both earned Runner-Up honors in the Region 3-2A Meet hosted at the Southeastern Louisiana University track facility in Hammond. Individual qualifers will compete in the AllState Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Outdoor Track Championships set for May 4-6 at LSU.
    “Our teams were not as strong as normal as we are normally going into state," said Falcon Track Coach Miguel Beccera. “The kids have worked hard and we finished second by just 10 or 12 points behind Newman. Hopefully at State we will close that gap between us and Newman.”
    Saint Thomas was hampered by a gusting wind throughout the meet and many did not compete because of illness. “We had a lot of kids out sick today," added Becerra.
    The Lady Falcons chalked up 89 team total points. Newman captured the meet title with 102 points, while Archbishop Hannan finished third with 84 and Riverside Academy had 66 points. The Falcons collected 99 team total points. Newman captured the title with 122 points. West St. John was third with 66 and Archbishop Hannan took fourth place with 44 points.
     Junior Will Hetzinger was named the Region 3-2A MVP. Hetzinger place first in the javelin throw with a toss of 167’, 11” and was second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.49, second in the 300-meter hurdles and ran a leg in the 4x400-meter relay that finished third.
    In the relay events, the team of Yvette Miller, Chalah Rock, Abby Bates and Camyrn Flanagan finished second in the 4x100 Meter Relay with a time of 51.56, and in the Girls 4x200 Meter Relay, and the team of Flanagan, Mller, Bates and Rock took second with a time of 1:49.51. In the Boys 4x400 Meter Relay the team of Jude Vitrano, Jaylen Jackson, Dejuan James and Will Hetzinger finished third clocking in at 3:37.5.
    The Lady Falcons were led by Meghan Becerra on the track who took second place in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:03.87 and was first in the 800-meter run with a 2:32.54 clocking. Teammate Camryn Flanagan finished second in the 200 meter dash timing in at 27.01, while teammate Yvette Miller finished third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.73. Senior Jordan Strahan and freshman Chalah Rock led the way in the field as Strahan won the high jump with a height of five feet and Rock took first place in the triple jump with a leap of 35-05.25 and second in the long jump with a mark of 16-06.5.
    Cravion Lewis took second in the 100-meter run with a time of 10.92 and he was second in the 200-meter with a 23.43 clocking. Teammate Jude Vitrano was third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.83 and David Athon was third in the 1,600-meter with a 4:43.06 clocking. Anthon finished second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:48.64 and teammate Logan Lucas was third in the same event with a 10:48.76 clocking. Glen Ferril placed third in the shot with a toss of 42-05.50.

Saint Thomas Aquinas girls and boys dominate District Meet!
DISTRICT CHAMPIONS AGAIN!

COVINGTON, LA—The St. Thomas Aquinas girls and dominated the 2017 LHSAA 9-2A District Track and Field Championships held at the new Christ Episcopal Track and Field Complex in Covington. The top four finishers qualified for next week’s LHSAA Region 3-2A Championships to be held at the Southeastern Louisiana University Track and Field Complex in Hammond, with the field events starting at 1:00 pm and the running events will start at 4:00 pm.
    The STA girls scored (128), to runner-up Springfield’s (53), St. Helena was third (24) and Doyle was fourth (7). STA senior Jordan Strahan earned the field MVP with a pair of wins in the pole vault (5-0) and high jump (4-8), a pair of second place finishes in the long jump (14-10) and triple jump (31-05). STA senior Meghan Becerra was named the Track MVP with a pair of individual wins in the 400 (1:05.84) and 800 (2:38.93) and also joined Chalah Rock, Camryn Flanagan and Yvette Miller on the winning 800 meter relay (1:53.76) and also Abby Bates, Brynleigh Berthelot and Flanagan on the winning 1600 meter relay (4:27.16). The foursome of Bates, Miller, Flanagan and Rock won the 400 meter relay in (52.45). Rock also posted a pair of individual wins in the long jump (17-0) and triple jump (35-3), while Miller was the 300 meter hurdle champion (49.33). Flanagan was the 200 meter champion (26.91), Bates was a double winner in the 1600 (6:10.00) and 3200 (14:09.30), while Berthelot was second in the 3200 (14:14.50), 1600 (6:16.56) and 800 (2:51.99). Marley Vinet won the 100 meter hurdles (18.45), was second in the 300 meter hurdles (58.19) and finished third in the 100 (14.51). Jourdan Cheek qualified at the second position in the discus (69-04) and shot put (23-06) and also finished fifth in the javelin (57-04), while Cadyn Reed qualified fourth in the javelin (73-0). Madison Plaisance qualified third in the shot put (22-05) and discus (64-05).
    The STA boys captured the team title with (114), Springfield was second with (75), St. Helena was third (19) and Doyle was fourth (10). STA senior Glen Ferrill was a double winner in the discus (142-02) and shot put (41-04) to earn the field MVP award. STA junior Craivon Lewis earned the track MVP with a pair of wins in the 100 (11.60) and 200 (23.55) and also joined DeJuan James, Jaylen Jackson and Jude Vitrano on the winning 800 meter relay (1:34.86), and also ran a leg on the second place 400 meter relay (45.93) with Brad Lewis, Jackson and Adam Hetzinger. The 1600 meter relay team of; Jackson, James, Vitrano and John Ross Donnes won in (3:49.81). Will Hetzinger was a triple winner in the 110 hurdles (15.61), 300 hurdles (43.13) and javelin (146-02). James won the triple jump (43-02) and was second in the long jump (20-00.50). Vitrano was the 800 meter champion (2:08.65), while Tristan Robertson was second in the 800 (2:13.27). Donnes qualified second in the 400 (56.17), while Dawson Gildig was third in the 400 (56.89). David Anthon posted a pair of wins in the 3200 (10:56.60) and 1600 (4:45.77), while teammate Logan Lucas was second in the 1600 (4:49.93) and 3200 (11:28.96). Adam Hetzinger was second in the javelin (136-07), Douglas Robinson qualified third in the 200 (26.93) and Brad Lewis was fourth in the 100 (12.42).
    Complete results can be found at crescentcitytiming.com.

Saint Thomas Aquinas girls and boys earn fifth place finishes in Strawberry Relays.
Seniors Jordan Strahan and DeJuan James score top finishes.

HAMMOND, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinas girls and boys track teams earned fifth place finishes in an impressive field of 20 schools in the annual Strawberry Relays hosted at Southeastern. The Lady Falcons collected 39.50 points while the Falcons had 42. Lafayette dominated the girl’s competition winning with 144 points and John Curtis ran away with the boy’s meet posting 158 points.
    Senior Jordan Strahan won the girl's high jump with a mark of 5-0-0 and senior DeJuan James captured the triple jump with a leap of 43-04.00. James also scored in the long jump placing fifth with a jump of 19-00.00. Chalah Rock took third in the triple jump with a jump of 36-07.00.
    In the 110 hurdles Will Hetzinger placed fourth with a time of 16.16 and Marley Vinet was fifth in the girl’s race with a time of 18.74. Yvette Miller was the runner-up in the 300 meter hurdles clocking in at 48.27.
    Meghan Becerra took fourth in the 800 meters in a time of 2:24.22, while the girl’s relay team of Abby Bates, Cam Flanagan, Chalah Rock, and Yvette Miller place fourth in the 4x100 Meter Relay.

Falcons compete in Chalmette High Schools High Flying Owls Invitational.
Becerra takes first in 400 meters and DeJuan James take first in the triple jump.

CHALMETTE, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinasgirls and boys track and field teams competed in Wednesdays 2017 Chalmette High Schools High Flying Owls Invitational held in Chalmette, Louisiana.
    Ursuline Academy captured the girls team title with (91), Edna Karr was second (84), Cabrini third (71), Academy of Our Lady fourth (61), Chalmette fifth (59), STA sixth (51), Ben Franklin seventh (38), Louise McGehee eighth (35), Dominican ninth (33), Riverdale tenth (20) and Warren Easton (14). STA senior Meghan Becerra led the way for the girls team with a first place finish in the 400 meters (1:02.23), while Freshman Chalah Rock posted a second place finish in the triple jump (36-03) and was fourth in the long jump (16-08) and placed seventh in the 100 (13.69). Yvette Miller was second in the 300 meter hurdles (49.00) and placed tenth in the 100 (14.09). Abby Bates posted a second place finish in the 1600 (5:52.48), while Brynleigh Berthelot was fourth in the 1600 (6:05.54). Jordan Strahan posted second place finish in the high jump (4-10), while Ashlyn Alaack was sixth in the high jump (4-04). Marley Vinet was seventh in the 100 meter hurdles (18.95) and finished eleventh in the long jump (13-09.50).
    Senior DeJuan James led the boys team with a first place finish in the triple jump (44-04) and was fifth in the long jump (19-06). Senior Glen Ferrill posted a second place finish in the shot put (40-00.50) and was third in the discus (123-04). David Anthon finished second in the 1600 (4:47.66), while Douglas Robinson was seventh in the 1600 (5:15.14). Jude Vitrano finished second in the 400 (52.77), while Tristan Robertson was fourth in the 800 (2:08.22) and Dawson Gildig placed tenth in the 800 (2:25.63).
    The STA teams will return to Chalmette next Friday for the Bobby Nuss Relays.
    
Rock, Becerra, Hetzinger, Miller collect wins in STA-Judy Baehr Relays.
Girls and Boys Track and Field teams each posted fourth place team finishes in Friday’s 2017 STA-Judy Baehr Relays.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas High School girls and boys Track and Field teams each posted fourth place team finishes in Friday’s 2017 STA-Judy Baehr Relays held at the SLU Track and Field Complex in Hammond.
    Walker captured the girls team title with (105) points in the field of seventeen teams. Parkview Baptist was second (88), Isadore Newman was third (81), STA fourth (60), followed by Loranger (45), St. Katherine Drexel Prep (42), Live Oak (25), Archbishop Hannan (20), St. Scholastica Academy (19), Metairie Park Country Day (17), Northlake Christian (15), Springfield (14), Runnels (9), Covenant Christian Academy (7), Westminster Christian Academy (6), Catholic Pointe Coupee (4) and Christ Episcopal (1). Loranger’s Kiana Foster was named the Overall MVP, MiKayla Ruhl (Newman) was the Track MVP and Noel Wilson (Live Oak) was named the Field MVP.
    Saint Paul’s edged-out Walker (102-99) to capture the boys team title, Loranger was third (84), STA fourth (50), followed by Isadore Newman (44.50), Covenant Christian Academy (30), Parkview Baptist (29), Archbishop Hannan (25), Springfield (18), Northlake Christian (14), Metairie Park Country Day (12), Christ Episcopal (6), Pine (4), Runnels (4), Catholic PC (2.50) and Live Oak (2) in the field of sixteen boys teams. Walker’s Landon Harper was named the Overall MVP, while Parkview Baptist’ Tzuriel Pedigo was named the Field MVP and St. Paul’s Eric Coston was named the Track MVP.
    Freshman Chalah Rock led the lady falcons in the field events with a first place finish in the triple jump (34-07) and she was third in the 300 meter hurdles (52.28), while Jordan Strahan was second in the high jump (5-0) and was fifth in the triple jump (31-03).
    Meghan Becerra and Yvette Miller led the STA girls on the track, Becerra captured the 800 meters (2:26.21), while Miller was the 300 meter hurdle champion (49.29) and she was also fourth in the 100 meter hurdles (18.57). Brynleigh Berthelot was eighth in the 1600 (6:13.79), Marley Vinet was seventh in the 100 meter hurdles (19.31), Abby Bates was tenth in the 800 (2:42.43).
    The STA girls 800 meter relay team of: Rock, Becerra, Bates and Miller placed third (1:51.43), while the same foursome was fourth in the 1600 meter relay (4:26.84).
    On the boys side Will Hetzinger led the falcons on the track, capturing the 110 meter hurdles (15.72) and was third in the 300 meter hurdles (42.27), while Cravion Lewis was second in the 200 meters (23.62) and posted a third place finish in the 100 meters (11.55). Jude Vitrano was fourth in the 800 (2:06.04) and Logan Lucas was fourth in the 1600 (4:47.19) and was eighth in 800 (2:11.14). David Anthon was fourth in the 3200 (10:23.97) and Tristan Robertson was fifth in the 3200 (10:41.89).
    Glen Ferrill led the falcons in the field events with a third place finish in the discus (121-0) and was eighth in the shot put (39-9). Adam Hetzinger was tenth in the javelin (128-10).
    
Saint Thomas Ladies post fourth place finish at State Meet.
Boys capture second 3200 meter relay and finish 11th overall.

BATON ROUGE—The Saint Thomas Aquinas girls posted a fourth place team finish in Saturday’s 2017 LHSAA Indoor State Track and Field Championships held at the LSU Indoor facility in Baton Rouge. Brusly captured the team title (58), Episcopal was second (40), Lusher Charter third (31), STA fourth (27), Sacred Heart-New Orleans and Holy Savior Menard fifth (26), West Feliciana seventh (22), Glen Oaks eighth (21), Parkview Baptist ninth (19.75) and St. James was tenth (19) in the field of thirty-three teams that scored in the meet. Freshman Chalah Rock led the lady falcons with a second place finish in the long jump (16-02.25) and placed fourth in the triple jump (34-05.75), while Senior Jordan Strahan posted a third place finish in the high jump (5-1). Camryn Flanagan posted a thirteenth place finish in the 60 meter dash (8.46) and Nicole Francois was ninth in the 3200 meters (12:59.68). The Lady Falcon 3200 meter relay team composed of; Yvette Miller, Maggie Crawford, Francois and Meghan Becerra also made it to the podium at the third position (10:14.55). The 1600 meter relay team of Flanagan, Becerra, Crawford and Miller placed fifth (4:21.64), while the 800 meter relay team of: Rock, Flanagan, Crawford and Miller placed sixth (1:52.18).
    On the boys side, Episcopal captured the team title with (78), West Feliciana was second (40), Berwick third (38), Christian Life fourth (34), Franklin fifth (27), Parkview Baptist and Newman sixth (22), Southern Lab eighth (18), Jehovah-Jirah ninth (16), Delasalle tenth (11), Donaldsonville eleventh (10) and St. Thomas Aquinas was eleventh (9) in the field of twenty-eight scoring teams. The 3200 meter relay team of Logan Lucas, John Ross Donnes, Jude Vitrano and David Anthon posted a second place finish (8:36.28) to make it to the podium. Will Hetzinger placed sixth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.99), Tristan Robertson was ninth in the 1600 (4:59.81), Lucas was tenth in the 3200 meters (11:09.52), Anthon was eleventh in the 3200 (11:09.88) and Senior Glen Ferrill placed eleventh in the shot put (43-0).
    The Saint Thomas Aquina teams will open-up the outdoor season next Friday at the SLU Track and Field Complex with the STA Season Opener, with the field events beginning at 3:00 pm and the running events will start at 3:30 pm. STA will be joined by Loranger, St. Scholastica Academy, Bogalusa, Northlake Christian, John Curtis, Kentwood, St. Katherine Drexel, Parkview Baptist, St. Charles Catholic, Covenant Christian and First Baptist next Friday.

Ladies compete in LSU Indoor High School qualifier held in Baton Rouge.
Ladies relay teams posted a pair of sixth place finishes.

BATON ROUGE—The St. Thomas Aquinas girls relay teams posted a pair of sixth place finishes in Saturday's 2017 LSU Indoor High School qualifier held in Baton Rouge. The lady falcon 3200 meter relay team of: Meghan Becerra, Yvette Miller, Nicole Francois and Brynleigh Berthelot ran (10:48.35) to place fourth. The 1600 meter relay team of: Chalah Rock, Maggie Crawford, Miller and Becerra ran (4:27.15) to finish sixth. The 800 meter relay team of: Rock, Crawford, Miller and Abby Bates finished twenty-fifth in (1:58.43).
    Francois ran (5:48.33) to finish ninth in the 1600 meters, while Berthelot was thirty-sixth in the 1600 (6:27.56). Rock also posted a fourteenth place finish in the triple jump (32-05.50) and placed twenty-ninth in the long jump (12-03), while Jordan Strahan placed fourteenth in the high jump (4-08) and placed twentieth in the triple jump (30-2.75). Miller also placed twentieth in the 60 meter hurdles (10.84).
    Glen Ferrill led the STA boys with an eighth place finish in the shot put (43-01), while Will Hetzinger posted the eighth fastest time in the 60 meter hurdles (8.86). Logan Lucas was sixteenth in the 1600 (4:52.26) and Dawson Gildig placed 45th in the 1600 (5:12.60). Jude Vitrano placed 29th in the 800 (2:17.45), John Ross Donnes was 32nd in the 800 (2:17.76) and Cravion Lewis finished 67th in the 60 meter dash (7.58). The STA teams will compete in next weeks McNeese State High School II Invitational in Lake Charles.

Ladies post third place finish at State!
400 meter relay team of Yvette Miller, Flanagan, Bates and Madison Lymon also finished second in a season best time of 50.73. Lady Falcons collect 45 points. Senior Brady Becerra led the Saint Thomas boys with a pair of third place finishes in the 110 meter hurdles (14.75) and 300 meter hurdles (39.64).

BATON ROUGE —The Saint Thomas Aquinas girls posted a third place team finish in Friday's LHSAA Class 2A Track and Field Championships, while the STA boys were fourteenth. Episcopal won the girls division with (101), Madison Prep was second (75), STA third (45), Ouachita Christian fourth (28), Christian Life fifth (26), Notre Dame sixth (22), followed by Menard (20), West St. Mary (20), Country Day (19), Delcambre (18), Archbishop Hannan (16), Jonesboro-Hodge (15), Oakdale (14), Catholic New Iberia (13) and Louise McGehee placed fifteenth (11).
    The Lady Falcon 800 meter relay team of Destiny Williams, Maggie Tilyou, Camryn Flanagan and Abby Bates posted a second place finish in a season best time of (1:47.71). The 400 meter relay team of Yvette Miller, Flanagan, Bates and Madison Lymon also finished second in a season best time of (50.73). The 1600 meter relay team consisted of : Williams, Crawford, Patricia Todd and Miller, they also made it to the podium at the third position (4:08.09).
    Williams was the only STA individual to make it to the podium at the third position in the 800 meters (2:25.62). Crawford was fifth in the 400 (1:01.91), Flanagan placed fifth in the 200 (26.41), Todd was fifth in the 300 meter hurdles (48.80) and Miller was sixth in the 300 hurdles (49.62). Jordan Strahan posted a fourth place finish in the high jump (5-0), Regan Bolton was fourth in the discus (99-03) and eighth in the shot put (31-04), while Lymon was fifth in the discus (98-06).
    On the boys side of competition, Episcopal won with (96), followed by West St. John (36), Dequincy (33), Ouachita Christian (28), East Feliciana (28), Madison Prep (26), Red River (26), Newman (24), Oakdale (23), Riverside Academy (21), Catholic New Iberia (18), Rayville (18), Pickering (16), STA was fourteenth (15) and Lakeside (14) was fifteenth. Senior Brady Becerra led the STA boys with a pair of third place finishes in the 110 meter hurdles (14.75) and 300 meter hurdles (39.64) both were seasonal best performances for him. Mason Miller jumped his personal best for the fifth position in the pole vault (12-06), while Edwin Alexander scored at the sixth position in the shot put (44-11.50). Will Hetzinger placed seventh in the 110 hurdles (15.88), Jude Vitrano was seventh in the 800 (2:07.90), Dawson Gildig was seventh in the 3200 (10:37.46) and Logan Lucas was eighth in the 1600 (5:02.25).
    
Ladies qualify nine, boys eight as Saint Thomas sweeps Regionals!
Lady Falcons sweep all three relays.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Track and Field Team qualified 17 athletes en route to sweeping the boys and girl's Regional Team Titles. The Lady Falcons scored 132 points, while the Falcons racked up 104 points to secure the title.
    The Saint Thomas girls qualified nine girls, sweeping all three relays, qualifying athletes in four different field events, putting runners in the 200, 400, 800 and a pair of athletes in the 300 meter hurdles. The Lady Falcons scored (132) over runner-up Archbishop Hannan with (79), while Isadore Newman was third (62), followed by Louis S. McGehee (61), Riverside Academy (47), Metairie Park Country Day (38), St. Mary’s Academy- New Orleans (26), West St. John (23), St. Charles Catholic (19), Haynes Academy (15), Sophie B. Wright (14), Thomas Jefferson (11), WL Cohen (10), Springfield (7), South Plaquemines (6), Fisher (3), Northlake Christian (3) and Algiers Tech (2). St. Thomas Aquinas Sophomore Yvette Miller earned the Track MVP with a victory in the 300 meter hurdles (49.21), a fourth place finish in the 100 meter hurdles (18.54) and also ran on the winning 400 meter relay and 800 meter relay. Miller joined, Destiny Williams, Camryn Flanagan, and Abby Bates on the winning 800 meter relay (1:49.20), while the foursome of Madison Lymon, Williams, Bates and Flanagan won the 400 meter relay in (51.43). The team of Williams, Bates, Maggie Crawford and Patricia Todd won the 1600 meter relay in (4:13.28).
    Meghan Becerra captured the 800 meter title in (2:28.41), while Williams was a close second in (2:28.61), Jordan Strahan won the high jump (4-10), qualified third in the triple jump (33-04) and was ninth in the long jump (14-05.25) while Todd was second in the 300 meter hurdles (49.53). Crawford won the 400 (1:01.65), Lymon won the discus (102-10) and was ninth in the shot put (28-04) and placed twelfth in the 100 (13.79), while Regan Bolton had a pair of second place finishes in the shot put (32-05) and discus (99-10). Flanagan qualified second in the 200 (27.27) and was eighth in the 100 (13.48), while Bates was fifth in the 200 (27.94). Ellen Gambel placed eighth in the 1600 (6:17.67), Brynleigh Berthelot was tenth in the 1600 (6:43.82), Jordyn Neal was tenth in the 3200 (14:30.65) and Ashlyn Alack was eleventh in the high jump (4-02).
    The Saint Thomas boys qualified eight athletes, they won three field events, qualified a pair of hurdlers and qualified runners in the 800, 1600 and 3200. The STA boys held-off the Newman boys (104-94) to capture the team title, followed by West Saint John (71), Riverside Academy (55), Country Day (36.5), Archbishop Hannan (34), Thomas Jefferson (32), St. Charles Catholic (32), Northlake Christian (29), Haynes Academy (19), South Plaquemines (17), Sophie B. Wright (10), Springfield (7), Pope John Paul (6), Fisher (5.5), Cohen (2), Doyle (2) and St. Helena Central (2).
    Cameron Dantzler was a double winner for the Falcons in the long jump (23-06.75) and triple jump (44-03) to earn the Field MVP. Brady Becerra also earned a pair of wins in the 300 meter hurdles (40.48) and 110 meter hurdles (15.45), while Mason Miller was the pole vault champion (11-06) and Edwin Alexander qualified at the second position in the shot put (45-01.50) and was also thirteenth in the discus (83-08). Jude Vitrano qualified at the second position in the 800 (2:08.64), Logan Lucas was second in the 1600 (4:47.96) and was fourth in the 3200 (11:30.00), Dawson Gildig was second in the 3200 (10:46.70) and Will Hetzinger was third in the 110 meter hurdles (16.39), finished fourth in the 300 hurdles (43.07) and was ninth in the javelin (120-07). Glen Ferrill was fifth in the discus (105-01) and placed eighth in the shot put (36-08.50), and David Anthon placed sixth in the 800 (2:12.70). Chris Freese was sixth in the 400 (54.72), Preston Richardson finished eighth in the 200 (24.45) and Adam Hetzinger was thirteenth in the javelin (115-06). The 1600 meter relay team of: Alberto Valenzuela, Tomiek Williams, Freese and Vitrano placed fourth (3:47.47). The 800 meter relay team of: Freese, Vitrano, Becerra and Richardson placed eighth with a time of (1:37.14).
    
Saint Thomas Track & Field girls and boys earn District Titles!
Jordan Strahan earned the Ladies Field MVP award while Camryn Flanagan and Yvette Miller were co-track MVP’s. Cameron Dantzler earns Boys Field MVP.

COVINGTON—The Saint Thomas Girls and Boys squads combined to collect a pair of 9-2A District Titles Tuesday as the Lady Falcons rolled up 144 points and the Falcons totaled 131 points to finish first.
    The Saint Thomas Aquinas girls captured the team title in Tuesday’s District 9-2A track and field championship with a total of (144) points over runner-up Springfield with (44), St. Helena Central was third (29) and Doyle placed fourth (15). The meet was held at the St. Scholastica Academy Track and Field Facility in Covington. STA’s Jordan Strahan earned the Field MVP award with four wins in the high jump(4-10), pole vault(5-0), triple jump (30-07) and long jump (14-10.25). Camryn Flanagan and Yvette Miller were co-track MVP’s. Flanagan won the 100 (13.27) and 200 (27.30), while Miller won the 100 meter hurdles (18.15) and 300 meter hurdles (50.23). Madison Lymon earned the Overall MVP with a win in the discus(100-09), a second place in the 100 (13.74), a third place finish in the shot put (30-6.25) and a leg on the winning 400 meter relay. The STA girls captured all three relay titles. The team of Abby Bates, Lymon, Patricia Todd and Flanagan won the 400 meter relay (51.71). The team of: Bates, Meghan Becerra, Destiny Williams and Maggie Crawford won the 800 meter relay (1:51.67), while the team of: Bates, Todd, Becerra and Crawford won the 1600 meter relay (4:24.38). Ellen Gambel posted a pair of wins in the 1600 (6:15.06) and 3200(13:59.06), while Crawford won the 400 (1:03.09), Becerra was the 800 meter champion (2:31.27) and was the 400 meter runner-up(1:06.66). Bates was second in the 200 (27.94), Williams was second in the 800 (2:35.50), Brynleigh Berthelot was second in the 1600 (6:15.39) and Jordyn Neal was second in the 3200 (14:46.41). Patricia Todd was second in the 300 meter hurdles(51.11), Ashlyn Alack was second in the high jump (4-04), Regan Bolton posted three second place finishes in the triple jump(28-02), shot put (33-04.75) and discus (97-0). Alexis Borne placed fifth in the javelin(55-09), while Anna Parker was sixth in the javelin (54-07).
    The Saint Thomas boys scored (131) to capture the District 9-2A Championship over runner-up Springfield (55), St. Helena was third (48) and Doyle was fourth (14). Cameron Dantzler earned the Field MVP with a pair of wins in the long jump (22-0) and triple jump (42-0) and also won the 100 meters (11.63) and also joined Brady Becerra, Chris Freeze and Brad Lewis on the winning 400 meter relay (44.71). Becerra was the Overall MVP with a pair of wins in the 110 meter hurdles (15.90) and 300 meter hurdles (42.82) and also ran on the second place 800 meter relay with Adam Hetzinger, Freese and Preston Richardson (1:38.42) and was on the winning 400 meter relay. Logan Lucas earned the track MVP award with a win in the 1600 (5:02.56) and was second in the 3200 (11:54.08). The 1600 meter relay team of: Freeze, Tomiek Williams, Jude Vitrano and David Anthon won in (3:45.95). Edwin Alexander won the shot put (44-02) and was third in the discus (96-02), while Glen Ferrill was the discus champion (104-06) and placed second in the shot put (37-09). Vitrano was the 800 champion (2:10.79), Freese won the 400(53.90), Dawson Gildig won the 3200 (10:31.74) and Mason Milller won the pole vault(8-0). Richardson posted a pair of second place finishes in the 100 (11.81) and 200 (24.73), Anthon was second in the 800 (2:16.82) and 1600 (5:37.91) and Williams was third in the 400 (56.88). Will Hetzinger was second in the 110 hurdles (16.46) and 300 hurdles (45.13) and was third in the javelin (128-11.50), while Adam Hetzinger was fourth in the javelin (126-04), and Hunter Dupre placed sixth in the 200 (28.71).

Saint Thomas Track & Field girls and boys teams place sixth and seventh respectively.
Senior Cameron Dantzler set a new Division II State record in his winning long jump of (23-05.50). Destiny Williams led the Lady Falcons with a win in the 800 meters.

LAKE CHARLES—The Saint Thomas Aquinas girls track team posted a sixth place team finish in Saturday’s LHSAA Division II Indoor State Championships held at LSU in Baton Rouge. Lusher captured the team title with (49), Episcopal was second (46), followed by Parkview Baptist (30), Brusly (29), Ascension Catholic (28) and STA (27) in a field of 27 teams. Saint Thomas senior Destiny Williams led the lady falcons with a win in the 800 meter (2:26.66), while sophomore teammate Maggie Crawford also made the podium at the third postion (2:29.39). The lady falcon 3200 meter relay team of Williams, Crawford, Meghan Becerra and Abby Bates also posted a third place finish in (10:32.33). The 1600 meter relay team of Williams, Becerra, Bates and Crawford placed fourth in (4:19.92) and the 800 meter relay team of Williams, Crawford, Bates and Camryn Flanagan posted a sixth place finish in (1:51.30). Madison Lymon placed eleventh in the shot put (28-07). Brynleigh Berthelot was twelfth in the 1600 (6:18.60).
    The Saint Thomas boys placed seventh in the team standings, while Episcopal won with (47), followed by Lusher (42), Franklin (38), Southern Lab (28), Sumner (26), Glen Oaks (21) and STA (20) in the field of 32 teams. Senior Cameron Dantzler set a new Division II State record in his winning long jump of (23-05.50), while DeJuan James was eighth(19-06.25), James was tenth in the triple jump (40-01.50) and Dantzler was twelfth in the triple jump (39-08.25). Senior Brady Becerra posted a third place finish in the 60 meter hurdles (6.56), while Senior Edwin Alexander posted a fourth place finish in the shot put (43-0), while Glen Ferrill was twelfth (38-08). The 800 meter relay team of Becerra, Danzler, Edward Coop and Carlos Bell placed eighth (1:35.56); the 3200 meter relay team of Jude Vitrano, Chris Freese, Alberto Valenzuela and David Anthon posted a seventh place finish in (8:59.28), while the 1600 meter relay team of Becerra, Vitrano, James and Freese posted an eleventh place finish (3:44.29). Dawson Gildig was twelfth in the 3200 (12:12.34).
    
Saint Thomas Track & Field competes in McNeese State University High School II LHSAA indoor qualifier.
Dantzler collects second place finish in the long jump (22-5.25) and was fourth in the triple jump (43-02.50).

LAKE CHARLES—Local athletes competed in the McNeese State University High School II LHSAA indoor qualifier in Lake Charles on Saturday. St. Thomas Aquinas Senior Cameron Dantzler posted a second place finish in the long jump (22-5.25) and was fourth in the triple jump (43-02.50), while teammate DeJuan James was seventh in the triple jump (40-11.50) and placed sixteenth in the long jump (18-11). Dantzler joined Brady Becerra, Chris Freese and Edward Coop on the second place 800 meter relay team with a time of (1:37.07). Becerra, James, Freese and Will Hetzinger teamed up to finish seventh in the 1600 meter relay (3:42.11). Becerra posted a fifth place finish in the 55 meter hurdles (8.00), while Hetzinger was eleventh in the 55 meter hurdles (8.61). Senior Edwin Alexander posted a third place finish in the shot put (44-11), while Glen Ferrill was eighteenth (36-10). Logan Lucas placed thirteenth in the 3200 (11:09.31), while David Anthon placed fifteenth (11:12.66). Jude Vitrano placed 25th in the 1600 (5:02.63), John Ross Donnes was 38th (5:18.24) and Hunter Dupree placed 44th (5:33.09). Tomiek Williams was 46th in the 400 (1:02.35), while Preston Richardson was 66th (1:09.44).
    Sainbt Thomas sophomore Maggie Crawford led the girls team with a fourth place finish in the 800 meters (2:29.13), while Destiny Williams was eighth (2:34.52) and Meghan Becerra was eighteenth (2:40.54). Yvette Miller placed seventh in the 1600 meters (5:57.10), while Brynleigh Berthelot was fourteenth (6:20.82) and Jordyn Neal was sixteenth (6:25.15). Ellen Gambel posted a thirteenth place finish in the 3200 meters (13:29.15). Madison Lymon placed eleventh in the shot put (28-07) and was 39th in the 55 meters (8.34). Camryn Flanagan placed 20th in the long jump (14-1) and was 27th in the 55 (8.12), while Leighanne O’Dowd finished 55th in the 55 (9.01). The 800 meter relay team of: Flanagan, Crawford, Williams and Lymon placed eighth (1:56.74). The 3200 meter relay team of: Berthelot, Neal, Gambel and O’Dowd was ninth (13:10.04).
    The STA teams will be competing in next week’s LSU Last Chance Qualifier in Baton Rouge on Saturday.
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Saint Thomas Track & Field competes at LSU Indoor.

BATON ROUGE—The Saint Thomas Aquinas girls 1600 meter relay team of: Destiny Williams, Maggie Crawford, Yvette Miller and fifteenth Abby Bates posted an eighth place finish in (4:17.95) in Saturday's LSU High School Indoor Qualifier in Baton Rouge. The same foursome also posted a fifteenth place finish in the 800 meter relay(1:54.95). Crawford also posted a thirteenth place finish in the 800 meters(2:33.62), while Meghan Becerra was 23rd in the 800 (2:40.24). Courtney Dawsey posted a nineteenth place finish in the 60 meter hurdles(10.64), Jordyn Neal was 23rd in the 3200 (14:26.73) and Brynleigh Berthelot was 43rd in the 1600 (6:28.67).
    DeJuan James led the STA boys with a thirteenth place finish in the triple jump(40-05.00) and was 51st in the 400 (56.87). Will Hetzinger was thirteenth in the 60 meter hurdles (9.27), Dawson Gildig finished eighteenth in the 3200 (10:54.44), while Logan Lucas was 31st in the 3200 (11:25.64). Glen Ferrill was 22nd in the Shot Put (38-08.75), David Anthon placed 49th in the 800(2:22.29) and Chris Freese was 50th in the 400 (56.82). The STA Track team will be competing in next weeks McNeese State High School Qualifier in Lake Charles.
    
Saint Thomas Ladies earn LHSAA Class 2A State Runner-Up honors.
Falcons earn third.

BATON ROUGE—The final team score read Episcopal 81, the Saint Thomas Lady Falcons 70, but the margin was actually much closer as the Lady Falcons earned LHSAA Class 2A State Runner-up honors Friday at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium. Saint Thomas lost six points when its third-place 4x200-meter relay was disqualified for a zone violation on the second exchange. The Lady Falcons bounced back from the miscue to pull to within nine going into the final event, the 4x400, but Episcopal’s Rachel Misher ran a blistering final lap to seal the win for the Lady Knights.
    “It was a questionable call,” STA coach Miguel Becerra said. “We had 10 meters left in the exchange. We protested it but they ruled that it was a judgement call. But the kids bounced back and had a good meet. We knew Episcopal would be there in that final relay. We wanted to run a 4:05 and we did. They were just a little faster. But we had an awesome year and this is where the kids get rewarded, all that hard work and morning practices.”
    Meghan Becerra won a state championship in the 800 meters and finished second in the 400 for St. Thomas. The Lady Falcons also had a pair of state runners-up in Crystal Rock (triple jump) and Madison Lymons (discus).
    Cameron Dantzler gave the STA boys a Class 2A state title in the long jump while Kentwood’s Shyheim Carter overcame injuries and a slow start to sprint to the Class 1A 100 meters state championship. The Falcons, behind Dantzler and Brady Becerra, finished third in 2A with 34 points. Episcopal ran away from the field in repeating as the state champion with 113 points with Sophie B. Wright second with 48.
    Becerra and Destiny Williams helped St. Thomas rally from the miscue in the 4x100 with a one-three finish in the 800. Competing at state for the first time, she took the lead in the first 400 meters, then out-ran Calvary Baptist’s Hailey Hesterman down the stretch to win in a personal-best 2:19.64. Hesterman, the 2A record holder, came in at 2:21.83 with Williams coming out of the ninth seed to finish in 2:23.82.
    “It feels so amazing,” Becerra said of winning the state title. “I never thought I could do it. I just came out here and ran my race. I knew where I was supposed to be at the 400 (mark) and I hit it and just pushed it all the way through and did my best.”
    Becerra went on to take second in the 400 in 59.24, coming in behind Sterlington’s LaTasha English’s 58.05. Also finishing second for the Lady Falcons were Crystal Rock in the triple jump and Madison Lymon in the discus. Rock jumped 35-06 with Oakdale’s Heaven Terrell winning at 36-10. Rock earlier finished eighth in the long jump (15-10.5). Lymon (104-08) and Regan Bolton (98-03) gave St. Thomas a two-three finish in the discus. Darien Phillips of Oakdale took the state title at 108.05. Lymon was also seventh in the shot put (29-05).
    Bobbi Amar was fourth in the 3,200 (12:01.09) and fifth in the 1,600 (5:33.27). Courtney Dawsey added fourth-place finish in the 300 hurdles in 47.38. Westminster’s Ivy Cains was the state champion in 45.35. Jordan Strahan started the scoring for the Lady Falcons with a fourth-place finish in the high jump, clearing 4-10.
    The 4x100 relay of Dawsey, Lymon, Rock and Yvette Miller took fifth in 50.89. In the boys’ meet, Dantzler easily captured the long jump title, winning by 6.25 inches with a school-record jump of 23-03.75. Dantzler had won the indoor title earlier this year.
    “It feels good. I’ve been working on it and I had every confidence I could win,” said Dantzler, who finished second at state in 2014.
    Dantzler went on to take third in the triple jump at 44.03.5, finishing behind Episcopal’s Jeremiah Mayes (44-09.5) and Red River’s Dahndre Washington (44-03.5). Brady Becerra had a pair of runner-up finishes in the hurdles for the Falcons. His 15.14 came in behind Oakdale’s Darion Dunn’s 14.55 in the 110 while Episcopal’s Caden Dickerson nipped him 39.81-39.98 in the 300. Teammate Will Hetzinger was eighth in the 300 (42.89).
    Mason Miller cleared 11-6 to finish sixth in the pole vault. Dylan Dunaway was eighth in the 800 (2:10.40). The Falcons’ 4x200 relay of Chris Freese, Becerra, Edward Cooper and Dantzler finished sixth (1:34.99).
    
Saint Thomas Girls and Boys teams sweep District 7-2A Championships!
Ladies rule the awards stand taking all the MVP trophies.

COVINGTON—The Saint Thomas Falcons Track and Field Teams flew past the District 7-2A competition as the girls and boys squads earned top honors at the recent Championship Meet hosted at the SSA Track in Covington. The Lady Falcons racked up 186 points to top Runnels with 83 and Springfield with 53. The Falcons collected 139 points to finish ahead of Runnels with 125 and Springfield with 67.
    The Saint Thomas Ladies swept the MVP Awards as Jordan Strahan was named Field MVP and Meghan Becerra Track MVP and Madison Lymon took home the top honor as Overall MVP. On the boys side, Mason Valure was named Field MVP and Brady Becerra Track MVP, while Cameron Dantzler took top honors as the Overall MVP.
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Judy Baehr Relays ... Becerra earns overall MVP and Rock takes MVP Field Honors!
Ladies earn runner-up honors and boys finish fourth.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Track and Field Teams impressed in a field of thirteen teams Friday at the annual Judy Baehr Relays as the girls finished second and the boys fourth in the team competition and junior Brady Becerra was named Boys Overall MVP and senior Crystal Rock Girls Field MVP.
    The Walker Wildcats captured both the Girls and Boys team titles with the lady Wildcats scoring 128 points, while Saint Thomas and Chalmette tied with 110 each. The Walker boys rolled up 107 points followed by Chalmette with 90, DeLa Salle with 89 and Saint Thomas 69.
    Rock won the Girls Long (16-04.50) and Triple Jumps (33-06.50) to earn Field MVP honors, while Becerra was named the Overall Track MVP finishing tops in the 110 (15.50) and 300 meter hurdles (41.37) along with leading off the 4x400 Meter Relay team that finished first (3:42.23). Will Hetzinger finished just behind Becerra in the 300 meters hurdles with a time of 45.35 giving the Falcons a one-two finish in the event.
    The Lady Falcons collected a pair of wins and a second place finish in the relays winning the 4x200 Meter Relay with a time of 1:49.92 (Destiny Williams, Madison Lymon, Maggie Crawford, and Meghan Becerra) and the 4x400 Meter Relay in a time of 4:09.05 (Crystal Rock, Destiny Williams, Maggie Crawford, and Meghan Becerra). The Saint Thomas Ladies were second in the 4x100 Relay finishing with a time of 52.61 (Crystal Rock, Leighanne O’Dowd, Lucy Hoffer, and Madison Lymon).
    The boys 4x400 Relay Meter team of Becerra, Chris Freese, Dylan Dunaway, and Will Hetzinger cross the line first with a time of 3:42.23. Freese was seventh in the 200 Meter Dash (24.13). Becerra (59.23) and Williams (1:00.58) finshed one-two in the Girls 400 Meter Dash, while Crawford took first in the Girls 800 Meters (2:32.07).
    In the distance events, senior Bobbi Amar took first with a time of 12:15.91, and Jordyn Neal finished thirteenth in the 1600 Meter Run (6:42.11). On the boys side Clayton Ourso finished fourth (11:02.26) in the 3200 Meters followed by Sawson Gildig in fifth (11:04.97).
    In the field, Mason Valure took second in the Boys Shot Put (40-09.00) and fifth in the Discus (191-09),while Lymon was fourth on the girls side with a shot toss of 28-07.50 and Mason Miller (11-00.00) finished second in the Pole Vaught.

2015 INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Girls and Boys Teams impress again at LHSAA State Indoor!
Ladies relay teams post wins, Becerra wins 60 meter hurdles, and Cameron Dantzler wins long jump.

BATON ROUGE—The Saint Thomas girls and boys track teams impressed once again at the annual Indoor LHSAA State Track and Field Meet hosted at the B. Moore Track & C. Maddox Field House Saturday. The Lady Falcons came within a whisker of bring home hardware finishing just one point behind Hamilton Christian and Episcopal who tied for first with 50 points in a field of 27 teams, while the boys placed fourth with 31 points in a field of 32 teams. John Curtis took first with 68 points and Franklin was second with 42 points.
    The Lady Falcons Relay Teams collected a pair of top finishes as the team of Destiny Williams, Meghan Becerra, Maggie Crawford, and Crystal Rock won the Girls 4x400 Meter Relay (4:12.58), while the team of Destiny Williams, Meghan Becerra, Maggie Crawford, and Bobbi Amar won the Girls 4x800 Meter Relay (10:13.82).
    Senior Bobbi Amar took third in the 3200 meters with a time of 12:07.56, and Courtney Dawsey was sixth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 10:50, while Crystal Rock finished eighth in the long jump.
    Juniors Cameron Dantzler and Brady Becerra collected individual state titles on the boys side as Dantlzer won the long jump (22-07.00) and Becerra was tops in the 60 meter hurdles (8.56). Dantzler also claimed runner-up honors in the triple jump (43-05.75). In the field, junior Mason Miller finished ninth in the pole vaunt.
    Crystal Rock placed fourth in the triple jump (33-00.25), Jordan Strahan fifth in the high jump (4-11.00), Meghan Becerra was second in the 800 (2:23.79), and Destiny Williams was third in the 800 (2:25.32), Madison Lymon was fifth in the shot put (28-06.00).
    The Boys 1600 relay of Brady Becerra, Chris Freese, Will Hetzinger, Alberto Valenzuela with a time of (3:45.15). Boys 3200 meter relay of Dylan Dunaway, Chris Freese , Alberto Valenzuela and Clayton Ourso were fifth (9:00.53).
    
3200 meter relay team wins at McNeese State University High School Invitational.
Amar posts second place finish in the 1600 meters.

BATON ROUGE—The Saint Thomas Aquinas High School girls 3200 meter relay team of Destiny Williams, Bobbi Amar, Meghan Becerra and Maggie Crawford came out victorious in Saturday's McNeese State University High School Invitational held in Lake Charles. The Lady Falcons posted a winning time of (10:29.34), Williams led off the relay with a 2:39 leg, followed by Becerra with a 2:29 leg, Crawford ran 2:39, while Amar anchored with a 2:38 leg for the victory over runner-up John Curtis at 10:46.48.
     Amar came back after the relay to post a second place finish in the 1600 meters (5:43.26), while Becerra was third in the 400 (1:05.95), Williams was fifth in the 40 (1:06.09) and Crawford posted a seventh place finish in the 80(2:44.33). Jordan Strahan posted a fifth place finish in the high jump (4-6) and was sixteenth in the long jum(14-6), while Crystal Rock placed seventh in the triple jump (31-06.50) and twelfth in the long jump (15-2.50) and Madison Lymon added an eleventh place finish in the shot put (25-07). Distance runner Ellen Gambel was twelfth in the 1600 (6:33.86), while teammate Jordyn Neal was fourteenth in the 1600 (6:37.12).
    The Saint Thomas boys 3200 meter relay team of: Hunter Dupre (2:32), Chris Freese (2:18), Clayton Ourso(2:27) and Alberto Valenzuela (2:21) posted a sixth place finish in (9:40.03). Ourso came back and placed 26th in the 1600 (5:30.50), Dupre was 35th in the 1600 (5:41.51), Freese finished eleventh in the 400 (56.41), while Valenzuela was 34th in the 400 (1:01.12) and Tomeke Williams was 43rd in the 400 (1:07.01). Jude Vitrano placed 28th in the 800 (2:32.59), David Anthon was 31st in the 800 (2:34.90) and Alex Wisecarver finished 33rd in the 800 (2:36.13). Mason Valure led the Falcons in the field events with a tenth place finish in the shot put (38-06) and Glen Ferrill was seventeenth in the shot put (32-11). The STA teams will be competing at LSU next week in Baton Rouge.
    
Amar third in LSU Classic.
Saint Thomas Aquinas Indoor Track season underway.

BATON ROUGE—Senior Bobbi Amar led the STA girls in Saturday's LSU HS Track and Field Classic held in Baton Rouge. Amar posted a third place finish in the 3200 meters (12:00.59). Crystal Rock was fifth in the triple jump (31-10.75) and was twelfth in the long jump (15-03.75), while Madison Lymon placed eleventh in the shot put (27-0). Maggie Crawford posted a fifteenth place finish in the 800( 2:39.99), while Ellen Gambel was 25th in the 1600 (6:32.64) and Jordyn Neal was 28th in the 1600 (6:37.23). Patricia Todd was 20th in the 400(1:04.71), while Destiny Williams was 25th in the 400 (1:05.08).
     Junior Cameron Dantzler posted a third place finish in the long jump (21-8) and was sixth in the triple jump (41-0.75) to lead the STA boys team. Brad Lewis was 59th in the 60 (7.63), Chris Freese posted a 30th place finish in the 400 (55.78). Dylan Dunaway placed 35th in the 800(2:21.28) and Alberto Valenzuela was 36th in the 800 (2:21.71). Clayton Ourso finished twelfth in the 3200 (11:25.50) and Mason Valure was fifteenth in the shot put (40-11).
    The STA team will be competing in Lake Charles next week at the McNeese State High School Invitational on Saturday.

2014 TRACK & FIELD
Falcon Track & Field wraps up season with banquet.
Saint Thomas Aquinas honors Track & Field athletes at annual Banquet.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas girls and boys celebrated their Indoor and Outdoor seasons on Thursday night in the STA Commons at their Annual Track and Field Banquet. Saint Thomas Senior Craig Rock (Garden City CC signee) earned the Indoor MVP and the Track MVP awards as he set indoor records in the Division II 400 meters and 60 meter hurdles, Rock also set a new composite record in the 300 meter hurdles outdoors and was the 110 meter hurdle champion. Saint Thomas senior Avrielle Steward earned the Outdoor Track MVP for the girls as she highlighted the state meet with a second place finish in the 400 and led the Saint Thomas girls to runner-up finishes in the 800 and 1600 meter relays that she anchored. Crystal Rock and Bobbi Amar earned the Indoor MVP awards as they each made it to the podium in their two individual events indoors. Amar also earned the Captains Award for the 2014 season. Saint Thomas senior Anna Miller (Springhill signee) earned the Outdoor Field MVP award after setting a school record in the pole vault as she posted a second place finish at the state meet this year. Cameron Dantzler earned the boys Field MVP award as he competed in the three jumps at this years outdoor championships. Senior Tommy Brocato (LSU signee) earned the Captains Award along with the Sportsmanship award as he showed team leadership and great sportsmanship throughout his entire career at Saint Thomas.
    “What a great group of student athletes we had at STA this year,” said head Falcon Track Coach Miguel Becerra. “Our girls team finished second indoors by one point, they won District and Regionals and were the Class 2A runners-up outdoors. While our boys were third indoors, missing a trophy by one point, they won District, placed second at Regionals and finished third outdoors by a half of a point from the second place trophy.”
    Sophomore Chris Freese earned the Most Improved Award, while Sophomore Courtney Dawsey and Freshman Patricia Todd were the girls Most Improved athletes. Dawsey went from not even competing in the State Meet as a freshman in the 300 hurdles to winning the event this year and pulling teammate Todd to a fourth place finish in the 300 hurdles at the state meet. Senior Andrew Jordan earned the Sportsmanship Award with Brocato, while Destiny Williams and Meghan Becerra were the girls Sportsmanship award as they were part of the indoor and outdoor record setting 1600 meter relays. Madison Lymon and Alberto Valenzuela earned the Coaches award. Lymon competed in the discus, 100 and 400 meter relay at the state meet, while Valenzuela was a member of the STA 1600 meter relay at the state meet.

The stars come out for Class 2A Regionals.
Saint Thomas Aquinas ladies win Regional Championship and boys earn runner-up honors. Craig Rock named the Region 3-2A Overall MVP, Bobbi Amar named Region 3-2A Track MVP, and Cameron Dantzler earned the Field MVP award.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas girls flexed their muscles to overcome the Riverside girls which took an early lead in the field events to win the 2014 Region 3-2A Track and Field Championship title held at the St. Scholastica Academy Athletics Complex in Covington. The top three finishers qualified for next weeks LHSAA Class 2A State Championships to be held at LSU Berne Moor Stadium. The Riverside girls took a 67-58 lead after the field events, but, the STA girls won three of the last four events to score 48 points at the end of the meet. STA scored a total of (168) to runner-up Riverside with (109), Newman was third (73). Hannan fourth (47.5), St. Mary’s (N.O.) fifth (36), Sophie B. Wright sixth (34), St. James seventh (27), Fisher eighth (19.5), Runnels ninth (19) and Haynes Academy was tenth (16) in the field of nineteen teams.
    STA’s Bobbi Amar led the team with a pair of first place finishes in the 1600 (5:26.83) and 3200 (12:18.77), which earned her the Region 3-2A Track MVP award. Anna Miller was the pole vault (9-06) champion and was fourth in the 100 (13.71) and 200 (28.00), Crystal Rock won the triple jump (33-02) and was second in the long jump (17-01.25). Courtney Dawsey won the 300 meter hurdles (48.28) and was third in the 100 meter hurdles (17.29), while teammate Patricia Todd was second in the 300 meter hurdles (48.85). The STA girls 1600 meter relay team of: Todd, Destiny Williams, Meghan Becerra and Avrielle Steward won in (4:13.24). The 800 meter relay team of Williams, Steward, Todd and Dawsey qualified at the secon position (1:49.82), while the foursome of Miller, Jordan Strahan, Rock and Madison Lymon also posted a second place in the 400 meter relay (52.11). Lymon was second in the discus (95-02), was third in the 100 (13.69) and 200 (27.79), Strahan was second in the high jump (5-0), fourth in the triple jump (31-09.25) and eighth in the long jump (14-04.75). Williams finished second in the 800 meters (2:27.79), while Becerra was fourth in the 800 (2:29.85) and eighth in the 400 (1:05.87). Steward was second in the 400 (59.88), Regan Bolton finished fourth in the shot put (30-07) and discus (89-07) and was eleventh in the javelin (73-0), Krystal Cyprian was fifth in the shot put (28-10) while Jordyn Neal placed eleventh in the 1600 (6:47.67).
    The Newman boys captured the team title with (109), STA was second (86), Carver was third (77.5), Pope John Paul fourth (48), St. James fifth (34), Riverside sixth (33), Hannan seventh (27), Runnels and Northlake Christian eighth (26) and South Plaquemines was tenth (20) in the field of eighteen teams. STA’s Craig Rock earned the Region 3-2A Overall MVP with a pair of wins in the 110 meter hurdles (14.51) and 300 meter hurdles (37.56) and was third in the 100 meters (11.19). Rock also anchored the winning STA 1600 meter relay with Tommy Brocato, Chris Freese and Alberto Valenzuela. STA’s Cameron Dantzler earned the Field MVP award with a pair of wins in the triple jump (42-02.75) and long jump (22-04) and was also third in the high jump (5-08). Brocato was the 800 meter champion (2:09.38) and was second in the 1600 (4:43.00). Mason Miller qualified third in the pole vault (10-06) and James Cox was tenth in the shot put (36-00.50).

“Anybody can be a STAR! ...” STA Track captures District Championships.
Saint Thomas Aquinas boys and girls capture team titles in Tuesday’s District 7-2A Championships.

HAMMOND—The St. Thomas Aquinas boys and girls captured team titles in Tuesday’s District 7-2A Championships held at the SSA Track and Field Complex in Covington. The STA girls scored (198), Runnels was second (88), Springfield third (42) and Doyle fourth (5). STA’s Madison Lymon earned the Overall MVP with a wins in the discus (97-03), 100 (13.64) and 200 (28.55) and also ran a leg on the winning 400 meter relay (52.90) with Jordan Strahan, Anna Miller and Crystal Rock. Strahan was named the Field MVP with a win in the high jump (4-10) and a pair of second place finishes in the long jump (14-4.25) and triple jump (31-01.75). Courtney Dawsey led the Saint Thomas girls on the track to earn the Track MVP with a pair of wins in the 100 meter hurdles (17.66) and 300 meter hurdles (49.13) and also joined Patricia Todd, Avrielle Steward and Destiny Williams on the winning 800 meter relay (1:51.80).
    Anna Miller set a new meet record in winning the pole vault (10-07) and was second in the 100 (13.87) and 200 (28.64). The Saint Thomas girl’s 1600 meter relay team of Todd, Stewart, Williams and Meghan Becerra won in (4:19.16). Bobbi Amar was a double distance winner in the 1600 (5:35.80) and 3200 (12:08.51), while Regan Bolton won the shot put (31-04.50), was second in the discus (91-07) and third in the javelin (74-03). Rock was a double winner in the long jump (16-00.50) and triple jump (33-00.50). Steward won the 400 meters (1:01.90), Williams won the 800 (2:26.79), while Becerra was second in the 400 (1:07.59) and 800 (2:30.76).
    Todd finished second in the 300 meter hurdles (50.44), Krystal Cyprian posted a second place finish in the shot put (28-02.50), while Jordyn Neal qualified at the fourth position in the 1600 (6:24.06) and 3200 (15:14.35). Springfield’s Emily Simeon was second in the javelin (75-05), third in the discus (75-04) and was fourth in the shot put (23-03.75). Tyra Schneider was second in the 100 meter hurdles (21.43) and was third in the 300 meter hurdles (1:02.69).
    The Saint Thomas boys scored (115) to out-muscle Springfield (97), Runnels was third (85), St. Helena Central fourth (40) and Doyle was fifth (16). STA's Craig Rock earned the Overall MVP award with three individual wins in the 100 (11.10), 100 meter hurdles (14.29) and 300 meter hurdles (38.94) and also ran on the winning 1600 meter relay (3:40.17) team with Tommy Brocato, Alberto Valenzuela and Chris Freese. Brocato earned the Track MVP with three first place finishes in the 1600 (4:54.31), 800 (2:14.03) and 3200 (11:04.91). Cameron Dantzler earned the Field MVP award for the falcons with three wins in the high jump (5-04), triple jump (43-07.50) and long jump (21-02.50) and also qualified fourth in the 200(24.41).
    Chris Freese won the 400 (55.20) and James Cox was second in the shot put (38-01.50) and qualified fourth in the discus (75-09) and javelin (85-04). Springfield’s Josh Taylor won the 200 (23.95), Travis Tillman won the discus (102-03), Reeves Blankenship was second in the javelin (105-08), Chris Carter won the shot put (39-06.50), while Joseph Kemp was second in the long jump 20-00.50). The Bulldogs 800 meter relay team of Claiborne, Taylor, Schneider and Kemp won in (1:36.14), while the 400 meter relay team of Ashton, Taylor, Schneider and Kemp won in (46.44). The 1600 meter relay team of Taylor, Sykes, Allen and Barnett qualified at the second position in (3:52.37).
    
STA Track & Field collects a pair of runner-up team finishes.
Falcons and Lady Falcons finish second at annual SLU Strawberry Relays. Rock triple individual winner. Brocato and Dantzler double individual winners. Anna Miller vaults a new personal best winning the Ladies Pole Vault. Freshman Clayton Ourso wins 3200 meters. Lady Falcons dominate relays.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Track and Field scored a pair of runner-up finishes Friday in the annual SLU Strawberry Relays. The Falcons came up just short against the boys meet winner De La Salle with 101 points as Saint Thomas finished with 95 followed by Hammond High with 65. On the ladies side, the Lady Falcons rolled up 96 points to finish behind Dominican High with 136. Saint Scholastica was third with 63.
    Senior Craig Rock stole the show on the track collecting three individual wins including the 110 hurdles (15.02), the 300 meter hurdles (38.26), and the 100 meter dash (11.33). Sophomore Cameron Dantzler was a double winner in the field taking the high jump (5-08.00) and the long jump (21-10.00). Senior Tommy Brocato cleaned up in the middle distance races winning the 800 meters (2:07.49) and the 1600 meters (4:43.20). Senior Anna Millers set a personal best in winning the ladies pole vault with a vault of 11 feet. Freshman Clayton Ourso impressed in the 3200 meters winning by 23 seconds over his nearest competitor finishing in a time of 11:11.25.
    The Lady Falcons ran away with the 4x200 and 4x400 relay races. The team of Destiny Williams, Patricia Todd, Courtney Dawsey, and Avrielle Steward won the 4x200 in a time of 1:50.94, and the team of Destiny Williams, Meghan Becerra, Patricia Todd, and Avrielle Steward claimed the top spot in the 4x400 relay with a mark of 4:12.36.
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Rock DOUBLES UP at Dutchtown!
Senior Chris Rock dominated the hurdles scoring wins in the 110 and 300 meters. Senior Anna Miller was tops in the pole vault, sophomore Regan Bolton take top spot in shot put champion and junior Bobbie Amar wins 1600 meters.

GEISNAR, LA—The St. Thomas Aquinas girls and boys track team competed in the 2014 Dutchtown – Innovative Care Track and Field Invitational Friday at Dutchtown High School in Geismar Friday. Zachary won the girls division with (92), STA was second (72), St. Michael’s thir(60), St. Amant fourt(57), Dutchtown fifth (56), Parkview Baptist sixth (55), Dominican sevent(51), Ascension Catholic eight(44), Woodlawn ninth (39) and East Ascension was tenth(31).
    Catholic High captured the boys team title with (192.50), St. Amant was second (83), Zachary third (76), Dutchtown fourth (66), Woodlawn fifth (41), STA sixth (40), East Ascension seventh (23.50), Parkview Baptist eighth (18), Ascension Catholic ninth (14) and St. Michael’s tenth (4).
    “The STA girls led the meet until the 200 meters, and we didn’t have anyone in the 3200 or 1600 meter relay due to several illnesses,” said Saint Thomas head track coach Miguel Becerra.
    Regan Bolton and Madison Lymon led the Lady Falcons in the field events. Bolton was the shot put champion (31-3), was fifth in the discus (90-4) and ninth in the javelin (60-8), while Lymon won the discus (101-04), was 14th in the shot put (26-03), Lymon also posted an eighth place finish in the 100 (13.68) and placed eleventh in the 200 (28.98). Anna Miller won the pole vault (9-08), was tenth in the 200 (28.83) and was eleventh in the 100 (13.90). Bobbi Amar was the 1600 meter champion (5:23.43), while teammate Jordyn Neal was twelfth in the 1600 (6:48.16). The STA team of Destiny Williams, Courtney Dawsey, Patricia Todd and Avrielle Steward posted a second place finish in the 800 meter relay (1:50.51). Todd was third in the 300 meter hurdles (49.25), while Dawsey was fifth in the 300 meter hurdles (49.90) and 100 meter hurdles (18.06). Steward was third in the 400 (1:03.94), while Meghan Becerra placed second in the 800 meters (2:28.68).
    Senior Craig Rock was a double winner in the 100 meters (11.24) and 300 meter hurdles (37.74), was second in the 110 meter hurdles (14.36) and was fifteenth in the 200 (25.46). Tommy Brocato was third in the 800 (1:59.30), and was fourth in the 3200 (10:38.00), Clayton Ourso was eleventh in the 3200 (11:14.20), while Andrew Jordan was sixth in the 1600 (5:00.58) and Bryon Garrity was seventeenth in the 1600 (5:22.34). Chris Freese finished eighth in the 400 (54.17), sixteenth in the 200 (25.49) and Alberto Valenzuela was fifteenth in the 400 (57.89). The STA 1600 meter relay team of: Crossie, Freese, Valenzuela and Jordan placed seventh (3:53.11). Mason Miller led the STA boys in the field with a seventh place finish in the pole vault (10-0). Jalen Bickham placed thirteenth in the shot put (35-05) and discus (88-10), Glen Ferrill was sixteenth in the discus (72-04) and James Cox was fourteenth in the shot put (34-11)

Lymon and Brocato pace Saint Thomas in Nokia Sugarbowl Track and Field Classic.
Madison Lymon third in discus and Tommy Brocato third in 800 meters.

NEW ORLEANS—Madison Lymon and Tommy Brocato led the St. Thomas Aquinas Track and Field team with top performances in Friday and Saturday's Nokia Sugarbowl Track and Field Classic held at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.
    Lymon led the lady falcons with a third place finish in the discus (101-04) and was 33rd in the shot put (25-06.50), while teammate Regan Bolton was 19th in the discus (78-08) and 20th in the shot put (27-08.75), while Anna Miller posted a fifth place finish in the pole vault (10-06). The STA girls 1600 meter relay team of Destiny Williams, Meghan Becerra, Patricia Todd and Avrielle Steward posted a fourth place finish with a seasonal best time of (4:13.06). Williams also placed sixth in the 800 (2:25.75), while Becerra was tenth in the 800 (2:28.73) and was 28th in the 1600 (5:48.98). Steward was 17th in the 400 (1:03.97) and Todd was 20th in the 300 meter hurdles (49.61). The lady falcons foursome of Williams, Courtney Dawsey, Todd and Steward placed 18th in the 800 meter relay (1:51.03). Dawsey also placed 19th in the 300 meter hurdles (49.27). Bobbi Amar finished eleventh in the 1600 meters (5:26.40), while Jordyn Neal was 34th in the 3200 (14:52.42). The Lady Falcons finished thirteenth in a field of over 100 teams that competed from Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
    Brocato led the Falcons with a third place finish in the 800 meters (1:57.28). Craig Rock posted the top time in the 300 meter hurdles (38.26) and the second best time in the 110 meter hurdles (14.43) prelims, but was unable to attend the finals on Saturday. Clayton Ourso posted a 37th place finish in the 3200 (11:28.38), while Andrew Jordan was 48th in the 3200 (12:40.17). Bryon Garrity was 53rd in the 1600 (5:22.85), Chris Threeton placed 66th in the 1600 (5:44.33), Chris Freese (400-55.71-46th), Alberto Valenzuela (400-59.51-62nd) and Cameron Dantzler was 69th in the 200 (26.83). The STA teams will be competing in Fridays Newman Invitational at West Jefferson High School.
    
Saint Thomas Lady Falcons dominate Judy Baehr Relays.
Lady Falcon Crystal Rock and Riverside Academy’s Michelle Hayes were Field Co-MVP’s. Falcons place third.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas High School girls Track and Field team claimed the 2014 STA-Judy Baehr Relays team title with (128) points, Walker was second (92), followed by SSA (72), St. Katherine Drexel (57), John Curtis (50), Louis McGehee (38), Riverside Academy (30), Catholic Pointe Coupee and country Day (26), Hosanna Christian (25), Maurepas (11) and Albany (5). STA’s Crystal Rock and RA’s Michelle Hayes were Field Co-MVP’s, while JC’s Monae Lewis was the Overall MVP and Drexel’s Shannon Ray was the Track MVP.
     Rock had a pair of wins in the long jump (17-2.50) and triple jump (32-10). Rock also joined Destiny Williams, Patricia Todd, Avrielle Steward’s last second jolt in the final twenty meters of the race put the lady falcons foursome just ahead of Drexel to capture the 800 meter relay in (1:49.09). Williams was second in the 800 meters (2:28.74) and Meghan Becerra was third (2:31.73) Steward was the 400 meter champion in (1:02.50), while Todd was third in the 300 meter hurdles (50.15) and Courtney Dawsey was second in the 300 meter hurdles (49.69). Anna Miller was the pole vault champion (10-06), Regan Bolton was second in the discus (87-01) and fourth in the shot put (29-06), Jordan Strahan was second in the high jump (4-08). Bobbi Amar won the 3200 meters (12:14.99) and was second in the 1600 (5:34.36). The 1600 meter relay team of Williams, Becerra, Miller and Todd posted a second place finish in (4:24.32).
    The John Curtis boys captured the team title with (174), Walker was second (138), STA third (46), followed by Country Day (37), Albany (36), Hosanna (32), Pine (31), Riverside (25), Maurepas (14), St. Paul’s JV (13), Catholic Pointe Coupee (6) and Runnels (2). JC’s Devin Savwoir was the field MVP, JC’s Terrance Alexander was the Overall MVP and Hosanna’s Jeremy Williams earned the Track MVP. STA’s Brady Becerra was the 110 meter hurdle champion (15.85) and was second in the 300 meter hurdles (42.13). Tommy Brocato placed second in the 1600 (4:45.03), Mason Miller placed third in the pole vault (10-03), Chris Freese was third in the 400 (54.07) and Andrew Jordan was fourth in the 3200 (11:06.88) while Clayton Ourso was fifth in the 3200 (11:06.88).

 




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