ESJ’s White finishes as runner-up at Class 5A state meet

Published 11:45 pm Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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BATON ROUGE — East St. John’s Dominique White found herself nearly in last midway through Class 5A’s 200 meter championship race Saturday. But that was only the prelude to a ferocious comeback.

White rallied to vault ahead of all but one member of the field, finishing in second place and as state runner up in the 200 meters.

White’s time of 25.02 was only topped by Mikiah Brisco of Baton Rouge High, who posted a time of 24.26. White’s time set the all-time East St. John record.

“Going in, I thought sixth or seventh place would be about what we’d expect,” said East St. John girls track and field coach Quentin Bradley. “She and I got a good week of practice in, really had a chance to work one on one with her.

“She was second to last before she turned it on in the last 100 meters.”

The runner-up finish capped a tremendous season for White, a senior who only began running with track in her junior season.

“It’s a testament to the work she’s put in,” said Bradley. “To her and her will. She’s probably become the best sprinter East St. John has ever had.”

In Class 3A, St. Charles Catholic’s Pierre McGraw finished fourth in the 1600 with a time of 4:40.93. St. James’ Junius Champagne finished fifth in the high jump with a mark of 6-00.

East St. John’s Elex Carter finished seventh in the triple jump (44-01.50). Rashad Green finished ninth in the high jump (6-02). Donald Stirgus was ninth in the 1600 with a time of 4:49.25.

Hahnville’s Bryce Robinson finished 8th in the 5A 1600 (4:41.35). Beau Robinson took eighth in the 3200 (10:06.83).

In 4A, Lutcher’s 4×200 girls relay team (Jawane Jenkins, Brandi Johnson, Daijah Washington and Taylor Payne) took fourth place with a time of 1:43.80.

Hahnville’s Kaelyn Smith finished seventh in the girls’ 100 meter dash with a time of 12.63. The Tigers’ 4×100 relay team (Breanne Bais, Richaell Preston, Christa Shelton and Kaelyn Smith) finished seventh with a time of 49.54. Toryan Flot finished seventh in the 300 meter hurdles (48.41).