Eleven Southwest Louisiana athletes were named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association all-state track and field team.
Westlake senior Xavier Guillory, a Indiana Wesleyan University signee and state champion, led the way with two nominations in the long jump (24 feet) and triple jump (45-103⁄4). He is joined on the team by teammate Brock Meyers, the Class 3A state champion pole vaulter (16-0).
Sam Houston placed three athletes on the team in Weston Evans, the 5A long jump state champ (23-6 1/2), 800-meter state champion Halyn Senegal (2:16.84) and 5A high jump state champ Brian Soileau (6-6).
Others include South Beauregard's Jacob Darbonne (javelin, 178-11), Barbe's Darrius Wallace (300 hurdles, 38.68) and Chadlyn Gladney (high jump, 5-4), DeQuincy's Holden Leblanc (pole vault, 15-6) and Leesville's Faith Outing (400 run, 56.07). Gladney was the 5A high jump runner-up while Outing won the 4A 400 and 800.
• Moving Up: Iota graduate Maddi Gatte announced this week she will play basketball at Louisiana-Monroe under former McNeese State head coach Brooks Donald Williams. Gatte spent the past year at Southwest Mississippi Community College, where she averaged 5.0 points per game. At Iota, Gatte twice earned all-state honors and helped the Bulldogs reach the Class 3A semifinals.
• Change of Plans: Kyla Hamilton, a two-sport star at Sam Houston, has joined the McNeese State women's basketball team. Hamilton initially signed to play softball at LSU-Eunice before reversing course.
Hamilton will be a walk-on, said former Broncos head coach Jason Jagneaux. Hamilton helped the Broncos reach the Class 5A quarterfinals each of the past two seasons, averaging 16 points per game last season.
• Running in the desert: Several area track and field athletes competed at the Great Southwest Classic at the University of New Mexico last week.
The meet is by invitational with athletes from 20 states.
Leesville's Faith Outing won the 800 (2:16.89) and helped lead the Louisiana 4x200 team, along with Sulphur's Kate Turner, to a fourth-place finish (1:39.93). Turner bumped her personal best in the long jump to 18-6, to place 11th.
Sulphur's Jacob Darbonne placed sixth in the 800 (2:01.03) and helped lead the 4x800 team to a seventh-place finish. St. Louis' Ivan Appleton (3,200, 10th, 10:06.62) and Gabriel Meyers (javelin, 9th, 165) had top-10 finishes and Sulphur's Kael Brown went 38.89 seconds in the 300 hurdles to place 11th.