Chris Holyfield of Ouachita Christian and Will Ellender of St. Frederick struck gold in the LHSAA/Allstate Sugar Bowl Class 1A Track & Field Meet held Friday at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium.
Holyfield uncorked a state championship throw of 166-02 in the javelin. Levi Peloquin of Oberlin was second at 160-11, followed by J.P. Lemaire of Vermilion Catholic with 159-08 and Eli Extine of OCS was fourth at 159-03.
A year after placing fourth in both events, Ellender celebrated his 17th birthday with gold and silver. Besides shattering his personal record while winning the 800m, the junior from Mer Rouge collected the state runner-up medallion in the 1600m.
Shaving nearly nine seconds off of his previous PR set at last year’s State Meet, Ellender crossed the finish line in the 800m with a clocking of 4:27.82. Ellender found another gear down the stretch, passing runner-up Samuel Kellum of St. Martin’s Episcopal (4:28.94) in the final 50 meters. Blake Moss of Cedar Creek claimed the final spot on the podium with a third-place time of 4:40.08. Weston Diamond of St. Frederick earned the final point by placing sixth at 4:51.82.
Collins Walker of Cedar Creek captured the 4 x 200m with a 1:59.10 readout, with Ellender taking second at 2:30.85. Samuel Phoenix of St. Frederick was fifth at 2:09.18.
Kentwood was awarded the state championship team trophy after tallying 82 points. Haynesville was runner-up with 74 points. Rounding out the top 10 were Lafayette Christian with 45 points, Cedar Creek with 36, OCS in fifth with 30, Southern Lab with 26, North Central with 25, St. Frederick and Jonesboro-Hodge tied for eighth with 21, and Grand Lake with 20.
Jay Strickland and Porter Ratliff both cleared 11-0 as OCS went 4-5 in the pole vault.
Cade Allen was fourth in the 300m hurdles (40.72) and ran the lead leg ahead of James Graves, James Forte and Chase Simmons in the 4 x 400m relay (3:30.87).
Completing the Eagles’ scoring, Simmons took fifth in the 400m (51.38).
Allen, who qualified in four events, was seventh in the triple jump (42-05.50) and ninth in the long jump (20-03).
Tanner Bush and Aiden McCrary placed eighth and ninth in the 3200m with clockings of 11:12.06 and 11:30.29, respectively.