Patterson High School's Zach Burke goes through his rotation as he prepares to release the discus during Class 3A competition Saturday at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field State Meet. Burke placed fifth with a personal record of 134 feet, 8 inches. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
Patterson's Burke leads school's competitors at Saturday's 3A track and field state meet
Patterson High School’s Zach Burke and Alero Hartman each concluded their high school careers in Class 3A field events Saturday at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field State Meet.
Burke finished fifth in the discus with a throw of 134 feet, 8 inches, a new personal record.
Lusher Charler’s Tamir Bryant won the event with a throw of 143 feet, 6 inches.
Burke had come into state seeded seventh with a then-personal best throw of 129 feet, 9 inches.
“He was very proud of hitting his PR and finishing in the top five,” Patterson boys track and field coach Shannon Wade said.
The Patterson boys tied with Iowa and Eunice for 33rd place with two points in team scoring. West Feliciana won the 3A team title with 89 points.
On the girls’ side, Patterson’s Alero Hartman finished sixth in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 6 inches.
Despite the tough finish after coming into state seeded second, Patterson girls track and field coach Travis Darnell said Hartman achieved 98 percent of her goals she set for the season as the district and regional champion and made it to state in the shot put for the second straight year.
“To top it off, she’s going to have an opportunity to throw the shot put on the next level, so I feel like it’s been an over-and-beyond successful season for her. … We came up short on Saturday, but she’s going to have the opportunity to throw for four more years, and maybe beyond that, so I’m thrilled with her success,” Darnell said.
De La Salle’s Leah Kennedy won the event with a throw of 37 feet, 4.5 inches.
Patterson finished tied with Berwick and Port Barre in girls’ team scoring for 34th place with one point. Academy of Sacred Heart of New Orleans won the team title with 90 points.