Central Catholic's Sydney Williams stands on the podium following her third-place finish in the Class 1A shot put Friday at the state meet at LSU. Williams also finished as runner-up in the discus. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
Central Catholic High School's DeDe Gant lands in the long jump pit after one of his attempts at Friday's state meet at LSU. Gant finished third in the event with a jump of 21 feet, 8.25 inches. He also placed fourth in the 400-meter run. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
CCHS' Williams reaches the podium twice at the state meet
Central Catholic recorded medal finishes in three of the four Class 1A events the school had competitors in at Friday’s portion of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/Allstate Sugar Bowl State Track and Field Meet at LSU.
Central Catholic’s Sydney Williams had a runner-up finish in the discus and third-place showing in the shot put, and teammate DeDe Gant had a third-place finish in the 400-meter run, lowering his school record.
Williams threw 103 feet, 3 inches.
While Williams, who came in with a regional-qualifying throw of 130 feet, 4 inches, fell short of her goals of breaking the state title record of 122 feet, 6 inches, and winning a state title, she did have a successful day by reaching the podium.
“I didn’t throw the way I wanted to or imagined to, but I’m just glad I got to step on the podium one last time for my senior year, and I’m just excited to see what my future holds,” Williams said.
Central Catholic Coach David Fuhrer said, “I wish her first two throws would have been in bounds. They were good throws. Just a rough day (for) her. I’m just very proud of all of her accomplishments. She was able to get on the podium again in the discus. She is going to further her career at UL in the throws.”
The Class 1A champion, Marin Barras of Highland Baptist, surpassed Williams on her final throw, which went 112 feet, 9 inches.
In the shot put, Williams threw 36 feet, 9.5 inches.
“It wasn’t my best, but I’m glad to be back on the podium my senior year,” Williams said.
Lafayette Christian Academy’s Bre Porter won the event with a throw of 39 feet, 4.5 inches.
Central Catholic finished 17th in team scoring with 14 points. Haynesville and Lafayette Christian Academy were co-team champs with 71 points apiece.
In boys’ action, Gant finished third in the long jump with a personal-best of 21 feet, 8.25 inches.
“I thought I did pretty well,” Gant said of the long jump finish. “I got my PR. I didn’t get the first place, but I went against some great competitors — good guys — and they went all out and I went all out.”
Grand Lake’s Luke Benoit won the event with a leap of 22 feet, 5 inches.
In the 400-meter run, Gant lowered his school-record time, recording a personal best for the third straight week. Friday, he ran a time of 50.64.
Fuhrer said it was “awesome” for him to break the school record again.
“The school record was there since 1985, and he broke it at district, broke it again at regionals, and broke it again tonight,” Fuhrer said Friday.
KIPP Booker T. Washington’s Robert Sears won the event with a time of 48.11
Central Catholic finished 19th in team scoring with 10 points. Kentwood won the boys’ team title with 82 points.