REPLAY: Jesuit, Mount Carmel win Catholic League track crowns
NEW ORLEANS – Jesuit used a dominant effort in the field and in the distance events to claim the boys title, while Mount Carmel used a well-rounded performance to take home a third straight team championship in the District 9-5A meet Thursday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
The meet was streamed live by Crescent City Sports.
The Blue Jays finished with 140 points, 20 more than John Curtis, thanks in large part to scoring 47 of a possible 54 points in three distance events. Jesuit picked up 44 more points in the four jump events.
The Cubs got a record-setting effort from Catalina Reichard, who won both the 1600 and 3200 meters in championship-record times, in finishing with 138 points, 48 more than second-place Edna Karr.
The Cougars, in their first year in the Catholic League, also finished third on the boys side, edging out Brother Martin 97-95 for the bronze position.
Reichard won the 1600 in 5:09.32, erasing a 24-year-old meet record, and came back two hours later to win the 3200 in 11:20.37, wiping out a 20-year-old mark.
Among the championship records to fall were back-to-back wins by Karr in the girls and boys 4×200-meter relay, Holy Cross in the 4×100 relay, Camren Hardy of Karr in the 400 meters, Justin Horne of Curtis in the 300-meter hurdles and Ra’hji Dennis of Karr in the 200.
Mount Carmel capped the evening, and its championship, with the final record of the night, a 4:07.99 in the 4×400 relay.
Jesuit finished second to Curtis in the boys 4×400, but not before salting away the championship one event earlier when Patrick Dowd and Robert Buisson finished 1-2 in the 3200.
The top four finishers in every event advance to the Region III-5A meet next week in Thibodaux.
1 Mt. Carmel 138
2 Edna Karr 90
3 Dominican 72
4 John Curtis 64
5 Archbishop Chapelle 28
1 Jesuit 140
2 John Curtis 120
3 Edna Karr 97
4 Brother Martin 95
5 Holy Cross 60
6 Archbishop Rummel 45
7 St. Augustine 31
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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…