Rebels send 11 to state meet

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 30, 2011



COVINGTON — Riverside will be represented in 11 different events in the Class 2A state track and field meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium next Thursday and Friday.

Fresh off of their District 9-2A championship performance last week, the Lady Rebels will send athletes into eight events at the state meet, including all three relay teams.

The Rebels finished fourth overall among girls and fifth among boys. Newman captured the girls’ crown by 43 points over second place St. Thomas Aquinas, while John Curtis took the boys crown by 39 over second place Lusher.

Taylor Terrio was third in the 100 meter dash (13.53) and was part of two qualifying relay teams.

“She did an outstanding job all around,” said Riverside girls track and field coach Joe Trosclair. “I’d say she turned in our best performance. She’s been doing a great job for us.”

Caitlin Becnel was fourth in the girls’ pole vault (6-06). Raven Campbell’s throw of 83-06 netted her fourth place in the discus. Chelsea Cupit took fourth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 18.66.

The Rebels 4×200 (Terrio, Jamie Bolden, Kaitlyn Masters and Maurie Laiche) and 4×400 teams (Becnel, Masters, Channon Simmons and Terrio) each took third place finishes with times of 53.41 and 4:35.97 respectively. The 4×200 team (Terrio, Bolden, Masters and Laiche) took fourth with a time of 1:53.68.

“We sent (11) to state, so that’s exciting. I thought we did alright overall as a team,” said Trosclair. “I felt like maybe we could have done a little better than fourth, but I know our girls competed hard. We’re excited about the people competing at state and hopefully we can make some things happen up there next week.”

Grady Gieger took second place in the javelin (163-05). Matt Nobile finished third in the boys’ pole vault (12-06) and fourth in the 800 (2:09.51), and Donald Thomas rounded out the boys’ state qualifiers with a fourth place finish in the 200 (24.00).

Lusher’s Devin Davis and Doyle’s Savannah Hutchinson took the overall boys’ and girls’ regional MVP awards at the meet.