Young Wildcats fall short of state track meet

Published 12:03 am Saturday, April 27, 2019

THIBODAUX — Wednesday night’s regional track meet in Thibodaux extended well past midnight as 4A and 5A teams met in advance of bad weather.

East St. John High School freshman Kori Jones felt motivated as the hours passed, hoping to replicate last week’s success at district.

Throwing the discus 92 feet, 6 inches made Kori the District 7-5A champion amid a field of older competitors.

“It was amazing, feeling accomplished for winning with the help of my coahes, my father and everyone who helped me get to this point,” Kori said.

Wednesday’s regionals didn’t pan out as well for the Wildcats, as several athletes narrowly missed top 3 placements to advance to state.

Kori placed fourth in discus, coming in right around 92 feet.

In the triple jump, Mariah Amugo placed fourth with a distance of 30.41 feet.

The Wildcats also took fourth with a time of 11:24 in the 4×800 meter relay, featuring Dartania Crouch, Dani Horton, Telliyah Huey and Mariana Barrera.

Early season injuries turned the Wildcats into a young team with room to grow, according to coach Percy Williams.

Field events headed by freshmen and sophomores have been strong points of the season, Williams said.