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Riverside wins second consecutive regional title

Michael Kiral / L’Observateur / May 4, 1998

EDGARD – The Riverside Lady Rebels used their strength, the field events, to capture their second-straight regional title at the Region 3-2A championships at West St. John Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Rebels held off a run by St. Thomas Aquinas in the running events, edging out the Falcons, 103-100. Newman was third with 64 points, followed by Sumner (60) and St. Bernard (46). West St. John finished sixth with 26 points, while St. Charles CathRiverside’s Hannah Hobdy won regional championships in the long jump and triple jump to capture outstanding field performer honors. Hobdy jumped 16 feet, 8 1/2 inches in the long jump and followed that with a jump of 34-5 1/4 in the triple jump.Teammate Amanda Roussel placed second in the triple jump with a jump of 32-11 1/2. Roussel had opened the meet by winning the regional championship in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-2. Teammate Rachel Branton was third with a jump of 5-0.Melissa Martin also captured a regional championship in the shot put with a throw of 36-8 1/2. West St. John’s Kenyatta Boudoin also qualified by placing second.Mandy Roussel will be going to state for the first time after placing third in the discus with a throw of 97-5 1/2. Jewel Sumner’s Lisa Miller placed first with a throw of 104-1 1/2. St. Charles Catholic’s Erin Shackelford qualified for (See RIVERSIDE, Page 2C) state by placing third in the javelin with a throw of 107-2. St. Martin’s Catherine Betz won the event with a West St. John field record throw of 146-6.Riverside led St. Thomas Aquinas, 68-18, after the field events, but the Eagles used victories by Kristen Troxclair (1600 and 3200 meters), Courtney Day (800 meters) and Lisa Breslin (110-meter hurdles) to close the gap. The meet came down to the 1600-metLori Smith gave Riverside the lead at the last handoff of the 400-meter relay and held off St. Charles Catholic, West St. John and St. Bernard at the end, winning with a time of 52.89. St. Charles Catholic and West St. John made it a River Parishes sweep,West St. John got a regional-winning time of 1:01.36 from Crystal Stipe in the 400-meter run. And Riverside’s Amanda Roussel qualified in the 100-meter hurdles by placing third with a time of 17.53 seconds. Breslin placed first with a time of 16.23.Troxclair was named the meet’s outstanding track performer with victories in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs.

The top three finishers in each event qualified for the State Farm/LHSAA state track and field meet to be held Thursday at Bernie Moore Track Stadium on the LSU campus. Field events begin at 1:30 p.m., with running events scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

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