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LADY REBELS CAPTURE NINTH-STRAIGHT DISTRICT TRACK TITLE

Michael Kiral / L’Observateur / April 27, 1998

EDGARD – School records by Amanda Roussel in the high jump and the 4×100 relay team help pace the Riverside Lady Rebels to their ninth- straight district track title at the District 9-2A meet at West St. John Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Rebels will look to win their fifth regional title in six years at the Region 3-2A meet at West St. John Tuesday afternoon. Riverside finished with 179 points, outdistancing St. Martin’s which had76 points. Ridgewood, with 62 points was third, followed by St. CharlesCatholic (62), Ecole Classique (61) and West St. John (54).Roussel cleared the bar at 5 feet, 7 inches, breaking her previous record of 5-6. It was the third time that she has broken the school record thisseason. Roussel also won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.11seconds and qualified for regionals in the triple jump with a jump of 30-4 1/2, good for fourth place in the event. The top four finishers in eachevent qualified for regionals.

Also qualifying for regionals in the high jump were Riverside’s Rachel Branton and St. Charles Catholic’s Cristen Clement, whom both cleared 4-10 to finish second and third, respectively.

Riverside’s Hannah Hobdy and Catherine Betz of St. Martin’s shared fieldmost valuable performer honors. Hobdy captured the triple jump with ajump of 33-4, while placing second in the long jump with a jump of 15-1 1/2. Betz set the meet record with a throw of 146-2 in the javelin andplaced second to Ecole Classique’s Jill Tucker in the discus with a throw of 100-4.

In one of the most anticipated matchups, Riverside’s Missy Martin out- threw West St. John’s Kenyatta Boudoin in the shot put, 36-7 1/2-35-3.The Lady Rebels’ Marcy Remondet and West St. John’s Oneka Lewis alsoqualified for regionals by placing third and fourth in the event. Martinqualified for regionals in the javelin as well with a fourth-place finish.

St. Charles Catholic’s Erin Shackelford qualified in both the discus andjavelin. Shackelford placed second in the javelin with a throw of 109-5and fourth in the discus with a throw of 87-9.

Riverside’s Mandy Roussel placed third in the discus with a toss of 93-8.

Other River Parishes qualifiers in the field events include St. CharlesCatholic’s Judith Diassellis who finished third in the long jump. West St.John’s Niesha Green qualified with a third-place finish in the triple jump.

Riverside’s Lori Smith was selected as the meet’s outstanding track performer after winning district titles in the 100 and 200 meters with times of 12.82 and 27.23, respectively. Smith, Remondet, Amy Graugnard and Michelle Millet set the school record with a time of 52:23 in the 4×100 relay. The foursome also took hometitles in the 800- and 1600-meter relays.

Also qualifying in the 100 meters were St. Charles Catholic’s CristenClement, West St. John’s Crystal Stipe and Riverside’s Jennifer Guidry,while the Lady Comets’ Abby Hoffman qualified in the 200, finishing fourth. Guidry also qualified with a second-place finish in the 100-meterhurdles as did West St. John’s Kita Harry who placed fourth.Stipe won the 400-meter run with a time of 1:02.12. Millet joined Stipeand Hobdy in qualifying in the event by placing third.

St. Charles Catholic’s Liz Dufresne rallied on the last lap took the districttitle in the 800 meters in a time of 2:46.19. Riverside’s Candace Perretwas third with a time of 2:54.89.Riverside’s Jennifer Smith and Jenny Klibert placed three-four in the 1600-meter run with Smith also qualifying in the 3200 with a third place finish.

West St. John finished third in the 800-meter relay and third in the 400meters, while St. Charles Catholic placed second in the 400 and fourth inthe 1600.

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