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Morgan City High School will be sending its 4x200-meter relay team and Deondre Grogan in the 400-meter run to the state track and field meet Saturday. Seated, from left, are Devonta Grogan, Zion Landry and Deondre Grogan. Standing, are Head Coach Duriel Singleton, Justice Perou, Ahmad Hawkins and Assistant Coach Denver Chapman. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

MCHS will be competing in two events at state meet

Morgan City High School will compete in two events in Class 4A at Saturday’s Louisiana High School Athletic Association/Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Meet.
Morgan City senior Deondre Grogan will compete in the 400-meter run, while the Tigers will send their 4x200-meter relay to state.
Grogan is seeded seventh in the 400-meter run with a time of 50.64.
“He’s much stronger this year. … He’s practicing a whole lot better this year,” Morgan City High School Assistant Track and Field Coach Denver Chapman said of Grogan. “He’s our leader at practice.”
This is Grogan’s second year competing at state in the 400. A year ago, he finished sixth with a time of 50.29.
This season, four-hundredths of a second separate the fifth- through seventh-place seeds.
Karr’s Deontre Ford is the top seed with a time of 49.44.
Meanwhile, Morgan City’s 4x200-meter relay comes into state as the seventh seed with a time of 1:30.23.
Team members are seniors Ahmad Hawkins, Zion Landry and Grogan and junior Devonta Grogan. Sophomore Justice Perou is the relay’s alternate.
Chapman said Monday the relay hasn’t reached its potential yet due to an injury to the team’s anchor leg, Devonta Grogan.
“We got third place in regionals, but I know we could run way better,” Chapman said.
Chapman said hopefully that faster time will come Saturday.
While the Tigers are seeded No. 7, Chapman pointed to two years ago when the Tigers took a 4x400-meter relay to state that came in seeded ninth but finished fourth.
Three legs of that relay are on this year’s 4x200-meter relay in Landry and Devonta Grogan and Deondre Grogan.
Chapman said this year’s relay just has to do what it can do Saturday, and it will be fine.
Carencro is the top seed entering state in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 1:26.02.


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