Bulldogs surprise at Indoor Classic

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 19, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / January 18, 2000

BATON ROUGE – The Lutcher track team is again making strides as the 2000 indoor track season gets underway.

The Bulldogs are coming off a fifth-place overall finish at the Class 3A state outdoor track and field meet last May and have the majority of that team back.

In its first meet of the indoor season, the Bulldogs did better than expected at the LSU Indoor Classic held at the LSU Field House Jan. 7-8.The 4×200 meter relay team of Lance Allen, Bernard Riley, Jerrod Wishom and Kenneth Johnson placed fourth out of 60 teams with a time of one minute, 30.7 seconds. That time was five seconds better than the team’stime last season and is ranked 12th in the country according to Dyestat.com. The only teams to defeat the Bulldogs were the Texas TrackClubs.

Lutcher head coach Chris Barrient was pleasantly surprised by the times.

The team was just coming off the holidays and did not practice much over that time.

“We went to do what we could and came out a lot better than I thought we would,” Barrient said.

Johnson also added a fourth place finish out of 126 competitors in the 55 meters with a time of 6.4 seconds. That time is ninth in the countryaccording to Dyestat.com.Wishom placed ninth out of 126 runners in the 55 meter hurdles, finishing in 7.8 seconds. And David Pittman was ninth out of 126 competitors in the400 meters with a time of 51.2 seconds.”Last year was our first year to do it,” Barrient said of running in the Indoor Classic. “I’m really pleased. I didn’t expect to do as well.”The Bulldogs now set their eyes on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state indoor meet set for Feb. 19 at the LSU Field House. Theoutdoor season gets started Feb. 21.

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