John Curtis turned in a dominant performance at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Indoor Track and Field Meet at LSU’s Maddox Field House on Saturday, claiming the Division II boys title by a 91 points over St. Thomas Aquinas, 130-39.
Franklin, Brusly, and Episcopal tied for third place with 28 points.
Hamilton Christian was rarely challenged en route to winning the girls title, scoring 53 points to finish ahead of St. Thomas Aquinas (38), Donaldsonville (28) and Xavier Prep (26).
The Patriots of River Ridge made the podium their second home at the meet, with six event wins, five runner-up places, and three third places.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way the guys prepared and competed today,” Curtis coach Preston Curtis said. “I couldn’t ask for much more. One thing we’ve worked on over the last couple of years is trying to fill every single event and having quality in those events. The guys have really worked hard and done well.”
The Lady Warriors won five of the 14 event titles, returning to prominence after an exodus of players several years ago left the team depleted.
“They thought because we lost a lot of our kids we couldn’t come back and win,” said Hamilton Christian coach Mona Griffin. “That motivated our girls to go out there and give it all they’ve got, and I’m really proud of them.
Four Division II records fell at the meet, most notably the pole vault record when Devin King of Jewel Sumner set the highest score in the nation this year with a jump of 17-feet, one inch, outdueling Curtis’ Dylan Duvio, who jumped 16-9. Both marks broke meet, composite, and Field House composite records.
“I felt great,” said an elated King. “It was fun, it’s really indescribable.”