Berwick High School's state track and field qualifiers are, from left, Blayne Jones in the pole vault, Matthew Legendre in the shot put and Lauren Cantrelle in the 1,600-meter run and
3,200-meter run. The trio will be in action Saturday at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
Berwick sending newcomers to state track and field meet
Berwick High School will be sending all newcomers to compete in Class 3A competition at this year’s Louisiana High School Athletic Association/Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Meet Saturday at LSU’s Bernie More Track Stadium.
Seniors Lauren Cantrelle and Matthew Legendre and sophomore Blayne Jones will represent Berwick.
Cantrelle will compete in the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run, while Legendre and Jones will perform in the shot put and pole vault, respectively.
Cantrelle is seeded No. 2 in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:26.87 and is seeded No. 3 in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:31.67.
“She’s got the shot to be on the podium on both, and that would be wonderful to do that,” Berwick High Track and Field Coach Paul Gilder said.
Gilder said Cantrelle has endured injuries in the past, but this year she was able to advance to state in the mile and two-mile events.
Cantrelle already set the school record in the 1,600-meter run and 800-meter run this season.
“In the two-mile, we’re hoping maybe she’ll break it at state,” Gilder said of the school mark. “She’ll have a chance.”
The school record is approximately 12:15, Gilder said.
The top seed in the 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run at state this year is the defending state champion in both events, Mary Nusloch of the Academy of Sacred Heart of New Orleans. Nusloch’s time in the 1,600-meter run entering state is 5:20.61, while her 3,200-meter run time entering state competition is 11:43.87.
In the shot put, Legendre is seeded No. 9 after qualifying for state with a regional throw of 46 feet.
While Gilder said Legendre had some injuries in previous years, Gilder said his senior shot putter is healthy this year and throwing well.
Gilder said Legendre, the Division II indoor state runner-up, qualified for the state meet on his final throw at regionals.
“He was fifth, and then his last throw, he moved up to third to go, so I’m excited for him,” Gilder said.
Gilder said Legendre’s personal best is over 47 feet, and if he throws a personal best at state, he will move up in the final standings.
St. James’ DeAndre Keller is the top seed in the event with a throw of 53 feet.
In the pole vault, Jones is seeded No. 7 with a height of 10 feet, 6 inches.
“Through the year, he was our No. 2 pole vaulter, not our No. 1, and we thought we had a shot to go in pole vault,” Gilder said.
While Gilder said the team’s other pole vaulter had a tough day in regional competition, Gilder said Jones had a solid day.
With some minor adjustments, Jones can move up the charts in the state standings, Gilder noted.
West Feliciana’s Aidan Holland enters the state meet with the top height at 14 feet, 1 inch.