With all spring sports set to be suspended on Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic, St. Louis Catholic made the most of what might be the final track meet in Southwest Louisiana this season.
St. Louis swept the team titles Friday at the Barbe Buc Relays.
"It was a tremendous performance, especially since the kids came here not knowing whether it is your last meet because we just don't know," St. Louis head coach Johnny Giordano said. "We surely hope it is not (the last meet).
"We have worked hard for this. Our kids have put in a lot of work. It was a great team win."
The St. Louis boys beat Barbe 149-129, and the girls outpaced the host Bucs 165-124.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association announced Friday evening that all spring sports will be suspended beginning Monday through April 13. The LHSAA left the decision about practices to individual schools districts and administrators. The LHSAA said it will meet on April 7 and 8 to reevaluate the status of spring sports.
St. Louis got outstanding performances from distance runner Ivan Appleton, sprinter Kenzie Touchet and field athlete Emma Freeman.
"Ivan Appleton did what he does," Giordano said. "He came out and anchored the 4x800, won the mile and came back and won the two-mile and that is why he was the MVP for us.
"On the girls side, we had great field performances by Emma Freeman and several of the other ones. Kenzie Touchet does what she seems to do regularly. She won the 300 hurdles in her season debut of that, and she has never run it before. Then she came back and anchored the 4x400 and erased about a 25-yard deficit to win that."
Appleton shared outstanding track honors with Barbe's Amari Godette, the 100- and 200-meter dash champion, and Sam Houston's Alijah Mouton, who swept the hurdle events. Appleton won the 3,200 run by more than a minute, plus the 1,600 and 4x800.
Freeman was the outstanding girls field performer with a win in the discus (109 feet, 91⁄2 inches), second in the shot put (31-9) and third in the javelin (107-1).
Sulphur's Caleb Harris won outstanding boys field honors with a pair of third-place finishes in the shot put (44 feet, 4 inches) and discus (116-21⁄2).
LaGrange's Brooklyn Cousins and Barbe's Latavia Jack shared girls outstanding track honors. Jack placed first in the 100 and third in the 200 while Cousins was the runner-up in the 100 and 200.