Patterson will compete in 3A state track meet Saturday
By GEOFF STOUTE
The Patterson High School track team will send three competitors to the state track and field meet Saturday at Bernie Moore Track and Field Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Senior Jonathan Jeffcoat will compete in the 1,600 meter run and 3,200 meter run, while juniors Jamile Tate and Matt Tregle will compete in the discus and shot put, respectively.
Jeffcoat enters state after winning the regional championship in the 3,200 meter run and a second-place finish in the 1,600 meter run. He clocked in at 10:38.42 in the 3,200 meter run and at 4:49.23 in the 1,600.
Jeffcoat’s regional marks improved upon what he recorded at district, including a nearly 19 second improvement in 3,200 meter run. He ran the 3,200 meter run in 10:57.27 at district and the 1,600 meter run in 4:56.22 at district.
Patterson track and field coach Mark Millet noted that Jeffcoat’s two regional times were personal bests.
“Before this year, he wasn’t even under 11” minutes, Millet said of Jeffocat’s 1,600 meter run. “All year long he just did what he had to do and got better and better, and I’m going to tell you, it’s a tribute to him, and he earned it. He earned it through a lot of hard work.”
At state, Jeffcoat enters with the fourth-fastest time among regional qualifiers in the 3,200 meter run. However, according to the heat sheets, approximately 2 seconds separate Jeffcoat’s time from the second highest qualifier, Leonel Moreno of Jewel Sumner, who enters state with a time of 10:36.33
In the 1,600 meter run, Jeffcoat’s regional time ranks seventh among state qualifiers.
However, roughly three seconds separate the fourth through seventh best times among entrants.
“He’s worked hard for whatever he has this year,” Millet said, adding that Jeffcoat has a chance at a top-three finish in both events.
At regionals, Tate placed third in the discus following a heave of 102 feet, 6 inches.
The mark bested mark of 98 feet at the District 9-3A meet last month.
“She really came through,” Millet said of Tate’s through.
Tate’s regional throw ranks her roughly in the middle of the pack.
Her throw is about one foot better than the next highest throw, a mark of 101-07 recorded by Shane Barrow of South Beauregard, and less than one foot behind the next highest throw of 103-04 by Sayli Maynard of Westlake.
Tregle enters state with a shot put mark of 45 feet, 0.25 inches.
His regional finish was better than his district mark of 42 feet, 5 inches.
Millet said Tregle tossed his best mark at regionals and is improving each week.