Track season is starting to hit its final lap

Published 5:10 am Friday, April 14, 2017

Track season is in full swing and three weeks of qualifying meets beginning Monday will determine who moves on to the different rounds and ultimately become state champion.

Washington Parish has seven schools — five in LHSAA and two in MAIS.

There are three levels of qualifying meets in LHSAA and MAIS.

In LHSAA, district meets take place next week. The top four event finishers in district advance to the regionals where the top three from each event qualify for state. The state meet takes place May 4 (Classes B and C), May 5 (Classes 1A and 2A) and May 6 (Classes 3A-5A).

In MAIS, district meets take place next week, which is followed by South State and then the Overall Meet. The top four from each event in the district meet move to the South State Meet and then the top four from there go to the Overall Meet. The field events at the overall meet is May 5 with the track events the following day.

District meets for all seven schools take place at various locations Monday-Thursday of next week.

The District 8-4A Meet (Franklinton) mostly takes place at Pearl River with the pole-vaulting event at Lakeshore.

The following day, District 10-2A (Pine) heads to Christ Episcopal in Covington.

Two schools each compete next Wednesday and Thursday. District 7-3A (Bogalusa) goes to Jewel Sumner while District 8-1A (Varnado) heads to St. Martin’s Episcopal.

On Thursday, District 7-B (Mt. Hermon) athletes go to West Jefferson and MAIS District 5AAA (Ben’s Ford Christian School and Bowling Green School) go to Silliman Institute for their meet.

Good luck to all of the athletes and teams, as they begin their quest for the ultimate prize, the state title.