Track Ties St. Augustine for Second in District, Looks Ahead to Regionals

Posted April 22, 2019 / Last updated April 25, 2019

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The Jesuit track & field team made an excellent showing and left it all on the track at the District 9-5A Championships held on Tuesday, April 16, at Tad Gromley. The Jays battled it out against John Curtis and St. Augustine for the top spot. However, Curtis was able to edge everyone out by nabbing points from almost every event with majority of their runners placing first and second for a total of 130 points. Jesuit and St. Augustine finished in a tie for second with 113 points each.

Forty of Jesuit’s points was earned by four Blue Jays who each placed first in their events. Senior Jack Battaglia dominated the javelin throw with a new personal record (PR) of 174-03.00 feet the earned him first place. Sophomore Aiden Devine also stepped up to the top spot with a new PR in the pole vault clearing well over 14-00.00 feet. Senior Jacob Torres sailed smoothly over the 300-meter hurdles with a top time of 40.15. Last, but not least, was sophomore Hunter Rousselle who surprised everyone by passing 6 other runners in the last 100 meters of the 400-meter dash to win with PR of 51.47.

Through the Lens…

Jacob Torres soars over the hurdles to a first-place finish.

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By the Numbers…

Results in the top 6:

Event Place Athlete Time or Distance Points Earned
Javelin 1 Jack Battaglia (Sr.) 174-03.00 ft (PR) 10
Pole Vault 1 Aiden Devine (So.) 14-00.00 ft. (PR) 10
400 Meter Dash 1

Hunter Rousselle (So.)

51.47 (PR) 10
300 Meter Hurdles 1 Jacob Torres (Sr.) 40.15 10
Triple Jump 2 Matthew Marsiglia (Jr.)
40-00.50 ft 8
110 Meter Hurdles 2 Jacob Torres (Sr.) 15.38 8
4×800 Meter Relay 2

Matthew LaCour (Sr.)

Luke LaCour (Jr.)

Scott McKeough (Sr.)

Matthew DeJean (Sr.)

28:18.64 8
4×200 Meter Relay 2

Jon Blatcher (Sr.)

Ashton Perkins (Sr.)

Jacob Torres (Sr.)

Hunter Rousselle (So.)

1:31.13 8
Shot Put 3 (tied) Perry Ganci (Sr.) 43-02.00 ft 5
Javelin 3 Scott McKeough (Sr.) 139-01 ft 6
4×400 Meter Relay 3

Jon Blatcher (Sr.)

Hunter Rousselle (So.)

William Hawkins (Sr.)

Matthew Perschall (Jr.)

3:32.99 6
Long Jump 4 Jacob Torres (Sr.) 21-02.00 ft 4
Triple Jump 4 Robert McMahon (Sr.) 39-08.00 ft 4
4×100 Meter Relay 4

Jon Blatcher (Sr.)

Ashton Perkins (Sr.)

Vincent LoGiudice (So.)

Pierce Westbrook (Jr.)

44.17 4
Discus 5 Perry Ganci (Sr.) 112-04.00 2
800 Meter Run 5 Matthew DeJean (Sr.) 52:07.46 2

Team Results:

Team Place Points Earned
John Curtis 1 130
Jesuit 2 (tied) 113
St. Augustine 2 (tied) 113
Brother Martin 4 93
Holy Cross 5 65
Archbishop Rummel 6 44

On the Horizon…

The top four qualifiers of each district race move on to regionals. Eighteen of Jesuit’s runners will travel to Thibodaux High School on Thursday, April 25, to compete in the LHSAA Class 5A Region 3 Championships where the top 3 finishers of each race will qualify for state.