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ROUSSEL RAISES THE BAR IN THE HIGH JUMP

Michael Kiral / L’Observateur / April 16, 1998

RESERVE – Riverside’s Amanda Roussel broke her record in the high jump, clearing the bar at five feet, six inches, to help lead the Lady Rebels to a first place finish in the Riverside Relays Monday afternoon.

Roussel broke her record of 5-5 1/4 set at a Riverside meet earlier this season. She had missed at 5-6 on her first two attempts before getting iton her final attempt. Roussel just missed on her three attempts at 5-7.”That was my goal for this year,” Roussel, who was competing in her third meet in four days, said of jumping 5-6. “I have been trying for it sincegetting that 5-5 1/4. My goal now is 5’8. I just need to try to go higher andmake myself better.”Riverside out-pointed St. Thomas Aquinas, 168-120. St. Charles Catholicwas third with 76 points, followed by Archbishop Blenk (68), Ridgewood (57) and St. John (2).The St. Thomas Aquinas boys overtook Riverside in the final runningevents to place first with 99.5 points. Riverside finished second with 93points, followed by St. Charles Catholic (78), Ridgewood (52.5) and St.John (24).

Melissa Martin helped lead the Lady Rebels’ effort with first place finishes in the javelin and shot put. Martin had a throw of 111-7 1/2 inthe javelin, edging out St. Charles Catholic’s Erin Shackelford, who had atoss of 109-8 1/2. In the shot put, Martin had a throw of 33-6 1/2,defeating the Lady Comets’ Shannon Dolive, who had a throw of 31-8 3/4.

The Lady Rebels’ Mandy Roussel placed first in the discus with a throw of 90-6. Riverside’s Brandi Falgoust was second, followed by Shackelford andDolive.

Riverside’s Hannah Hobdy captured both the long and triple jump competitions with jumps of 17-0 and 32-10 1/2, respectively. St. CharlesCatholic’s Judith Diassellis was second in the long jump with a leap of 15-0.

In the running events, Riverside’s Lori Smith edged out St. CharlesCatholic’s Cristin Clement at the wire, finishing in 13.09 seconds toClement’s 13.13. Clement turned the tables in the 400-meter relay, edgingSmith on the final leg to give the Lady Comets the victory, 53.16-53.18.Riverside did place first in the 1600-meter relay, defeating St. ThomasAquinas with a time of 4:24.44. Ridgewood took first in the 800-meterrelay.

Hobdy added a first place finish in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:04.72. Michelle Millet was third in the 800-meter run with a time of2:43.14, followed by St. Charles Catholic’s Liz Dufresne who finished in2:45.13. The Lady Comets’ Abby Howard ran a 29.72 to place third in the 200-meters, while Jennifer Guidry placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.65.In the boys’ competition, Riverside’s Keith LeBlanc out-distanced the field with a throw of 170-4. The Rebels’ Travis Bourgeois threw the shot put48-11 1/2 to win that event.

Maurice St. Pierre gave St. Charles Catholic a first place finish in the highjump, clearing the bar at 6-0. Teammate Julian Ward was third at 5-4.Ward also finished second in the long jump with a leap of 19-8 1/2.

Riverside’s Justin Dunn cleared the bar at 11-6 to place first in the pole vault. Teammate Ronnie Mason placed second in the triple jump with ajump of 38-8 1/2, while St. Charles Catholic’s Ryan Sterlings was third at36-11 1/2.

In the running events, the Comets’ Josh Schexnayder ran a 11.41 to win the100-meter dash. Teammate Brian Horvath was second, followed byRiverside’s Keith LeBlanc. Horvath also placed second in the 200-meterswith a time of 23.89. Jason Coons gave the Comets a second place finish inthe 400-meters with a time of 55.80 seconds.The Rebels’ Armand Centanni placed first in the 800-meters with a time of 2:11.22 and added a second in the 1600-meters. Ronnie Mason ran a17.94 in the 110-meter hurdles to place fourth in that event.In the relays, St. Thomas Aquinas defeated the Comets in the 800- and400-meter relays, while Riverside came just short of the school record in winning the 1600-meters in a time of 3:36.66.

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