MCHS heads to state track and field meet

By: GEOFFREY STOUTE
Morgan City High School will be represented in three events at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Class 4A state track and field meet on Saturday.

Senior sprinter Austin Stroud will represent the squad in the 100 meter and 200 meter runs, while the squad also will bring its 4x200 meter relay to state.

Stroud placed third in the 100 meter at the Class 4A Region 3 track meet regionals at East Jefferson High School with a time of 11.08 seconds, while he finished second in the 200 meter with a personal best of 22.17.

He also was a member of the 4x200 meter relay squad, which finished with a time of 1:27.73 at regionals. Besides Stroud, Marquise Hatcher, Jordahn Williams and Tierell Jones also participated in the winning run.

Entering state, Stroud’s regional time is ranked last out of nine competitors and nearly a half second behind Deedrich Bethley of Wossman, who has the top time at 10.57 seconds.

However, because of the way the events were run at regionals, many of Stroud’s events were bunched close together, which meant he got winded.

Johnson said he expects Stroud to run much better at state as they are shooting for a 10.1 or 10.2 second finish.

“For him running a 10.1, 10.2, that’s not far-fetched at all,” MCHS track and field coach Gary Johnson said of Stroud, who has recorded a 10.49 second mark this year.

Because Stroud is being looking at by some colleges for track, Johnson said it is important that he runs well and in the range Johnson has set for his sprinter.

“When it comes down to all the scholarships and recruiting, they want to know what you can do individually,” Johnson, who declined to say what colleges were interested in Stroud, said.

Johnson said he also expects a solid performance from Stroud in the 200 meter.

"I’m looking for him to do some great things in both of those,” Johnson said.

Stroud’s 200 time is ranked fifth according to regional times of competitors who qualified for state. Jordan Lee of Northside has the top time at 21.76.

As for the squad’s 4x200 meter relay, the squad, which besides those that ran at regionals, also features Kentrell Gray and Rashaud Thomas, was seeded second at state behind Breaux Bridge’s team. The Breaux Bridge squad, which enters state with the top mark at 1:26.59, features two LSU football signees, Travis Dural and Kavarha Holmes. Holmes won the 400 meter run in 2011.

“If those guys run the way I know we can run, I know we can win that with a pretty fast time,” Johnson said.

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