Roussel defends state high jump title

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 12, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / May 12, 1999

BATON ROUGE – Riverside’s Amanda Roussel had one goal left for her prep career after setting the school’s high jump record and winning a state title in the event last year – to defend that title.

Roussel did just that Friday afternoon at the Class 2A state track and field meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium, placing first with a jump of 5-6.

“I can’t explain it,” Roussel said. “It feels so good. It was my last goal forhigh school and I got it.”Roussel had missed on her first two attempts at 5-4 before making her third attempt. Roussel then made her first attempt at 5-6 and was thelast competitor remaining after Lake Providence’s Nedra Winston and Lakeview’s Shontae Harris missed at that height.

Roussel’s victory helped the Lady Rebels tie for 13th with 11 points. PortBarre won the state title with 73 points. Sacred Heart-Grand Coteau, ledby the meet’s outstanding performer, Shamekia Louis, was second with 54 points. Newman was third with 48 points, followed by Ouachita Christianwith 41 and Jewel Sumner with 39.

Roussel had a sixth place finish in the triple jump, jumping 33-8.75.Louis won the event with a jump of 38-10.75. Louis also took the 100 and200 meters and the long jump, setting the class record in the 100.

St. Charles Catholic’s Cristin Clement was fifth in the long jump with ajump of 16-3.5. Louis had a best jump of 18-7.25. Clement also ran anchor on the Lady Comets’ 400-meter relay team that placed eighth in 51.97. Other team members were Abby Howard, KatieArcuri and Melissa Billings. Delhi defended its title in the event with atime of 50.31.Riverside’s Kelly Louque placed ninth in the discus with a throw of 89-6.

Port Barre’s Tiffany Marks had a first-place throw of 114-9. West St.John’s Oneka Lewis was ninth in the shot put with a throw of 27-7.75.Port Barre’s April Guidry was the state champion with a throw of 35-7.50.West St. John’s Crystal Stipe was fourth in the 400 meters with a time of1:00.33. Newman’s Leslie Feingerts won the state title in 58.35.Riverside’s Lori Smith placed eighth in the 100 meters with a time of 13.03. Louis set the class record in the event with a time of 11.87.

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