Track & Field Lands New Records & the District 9-5A Championship

Posted April 23, 2024 / Last updated May 2, 2024

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Track and field showcased their strength and speed Thursday, April 18 at Tad Gormley by clinching the District 9-5A championship for the second consecutive year. The Blue Jays claimed 151 points, a significant lead ahead of their closest competitors, John Curtis, who scored 117 points, and Brother Martin with 91 points. The substantial margin highlighted Jesuit’s dominance in the field and distance events, with 31 Blue Jays qualifying for the regional meet.

A standout moment of the championship was delivered by junior Brady Mullen who shattered a long-standing district record in the 3,200-meter run. His exceptional performance stopped the clock at 9:15.48, surpassing the previous record set 42 years ago by Archbishop Rummel alum, Keith Lovine, by 13 seconds. Other notable performances included senior Michael Vocke winning the 1,600-meter run in 4:23.51, sophomore Brady Monahan securing second place in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:25.98, and junior Brandt Blanchard finishing second in the 800-meter run at 1:55.01.

The team’s 4×800-meter relay team, consisting of sophomore Alex Siguenza, junior Jack Flanagan, junior Michael Trepagnier, and sophomore Finn Connolly, also set a new district meet record with a time of 8:10.30, reflecting continuous improvement and commitment. Additionally, the 4×400-meter relay team—comprising freshman Josh Quintana, Vocke, junior Connor LaCour, and Blanchard—secured second place with a time of 3:21.73. Jesuit and Brother Martin dominated the distance events, capturing nearly all the regional qualifying spots.

Field events also saw remarkable performances, with senior Jody Barber and sophomore Drago Cvitanovich securing the top two spots in the long jump with a 21-07 and 20-04, respectively. Other significant contributors included Blanchard in the high jump (6-00), sophomore Jude Cannon in the pole vault (13-00), and sophomore Spencer Waguespack in the shot put (47-10.50), all earning second-place finishes. These achievements significantly bolstered the team’s overall score and showcased Jesuit’s comprehensive strength in track and field.

A recent highlight for the track & field program emerged just days after the District 9-5A meet in New Orleans. LSU sophomore and Jesuit alum Jack Larriviere ’22 earned a top-10 historical ranking at LSU for the javelin, with a throw of 71.62m (187’ 6”).

The repeated success at the District 9-5A championship and alumni endeavors not only celebrates the individual achievements of athletes, like Mullen and Larriviere, but also underscores Jesuit’s effective coaching that fosters such high levels of performance.

Next, the Blue Jays will compete to qualify for state at the LHSAA 5A-Region 3 Championships
at Hahnville High School in Boutte, LA.

For full results from the LHSAA District 9-5A Championship click here.