Johanna Duplantis carries on pole vaulting tradition at LHSAA State Indoor Meet

Bruce Brown
Special to the Advertiser

BATON ROUGE — The tradition is alive and well.

Lafayette High's Johanna Duplantis joined the family's remarkable legacy of state champions Saturday, winning a stirring duel with Heather Abadie of St. Michael in the Division I girls pole vault at the LHSAA State Indoor Meet.

Duplantis won in a jump-off after both vaulters cleared 11-11.75.

She joins older brothers Andreas and Mondo on top of the victory stand at Maddox Field House. Andreas went on to shine at LSU, as their father Greg did before him, while Mondo is a current freshman with the Tigers and a world junior record holder in the event.

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The Lady Lions also reached the awards stand with a runner-up spot in the 4x800 relay, as Gabriel Becker, Deijan Bickham, Linden Munsell and Peyton Sias clocked a 10:14.14, while the foursome of Sias, Alexes Bender, Jordan Lee and Gabrielle Gary was third in the 4x200 in 1:44.89,.

Division I's other highlight was St. Thomas More's Camille Hensarling, third in the long jump at 17-3.5 a fourth in the 60 in 7.80.

Lafayette Christian nabbed a pair of Division II wins, as Bre Porter repeated in the shot put with a 39-0.5 heave and Madyson Rideau won the triple jump at 36-9.75.

Also, Kaplan's Karlyn Trahan was pole vault runner-up at 11-5.75 and Crowley's Anijah Williams was third in the 400 in 59.75 in Division II.

St. Thomas More's C.J. Hill grabbed top honors in the Division I boys long jump with a 24-1.75 leap for the only area win in the top classes.

Westgate's Keyshon Boutte took the cake for versatility, though, placing third in the 60 (6.90) and 400 (50.97) and running on the WHS runner-up 4x300 relay (1:31.48).

Perhaps the highlight of the meet was the Division I boys 60, in which Corey Wren of John Curtis's 6.83 held off Acadiana's Dillon Monette (6.84), Boutte and Carencro's Trejun Jones (6.90).

Shining in Division II boys action was Crowley's Obediah Butler, third in the 60 hurdles (8.56) and fourth in the 60 dash (7.09).

LHSAA State Indoor Meet

Team Point Leaders

Division I

Boys – Catholic-BR, 60; Scotlandville, 31; Ouachita Parish, 28; Brother Martin, John Curtis, 26; Westgate, Ruston, 20.

Girls – John Curtis, 64; St. Joseph, 55; Zachary, 38.5; Lafayette, 22.5; Ruston, 21.

Division II

Boys – Episcopal-BR, 82; Bogalusa, 26; Northwest, 26; St. Martin's, 20; Berwick, 19.

Girls – Sacred Heart-NO, St. Katherine's, 50; Brusly, 41; St. Thomas Aquinas, 40; West Feliciana, 28.