Tate, Jeffcoat medal at meet
By GEOFF STOUTE
BATON ROUGE — Two first-time participants at the Class 3A state track and field meet Saturday made quite a first impression as each medaled in their respective events with personal records.
Jamile Tate finished as state runner-up in the discus, while Jonathan Jeffcoat earned a third-place finish in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 10:25.
Tate bested her regional mark of 102 feet, 6 inches by nearly 8 feet. Her regional throw ranked her fourth entering state.
While she said she was nervous and came in thinking negative because in looking at the heat sheet she was seeded fourth, she said when she started throwing, she was doing well.
Her last throw of the day was the winning mark.
“I’m proud of myself for coming in second,” she said. “I have next year to do this and I’m ready to go for next year.”
Patterson track coach Scott Tregle said he just told Tate to do her best and have fun.
“She did that,” he said. “She was happy at the end.”
He noted that at regionals, she was even seeded to advance to state.
Jeffcoat’s 3,200 meter time bested his state seed by one spot and his regional time by more than 13 seconds.
Even more impressive, he bested his district mark by more than 32 seconds.
Earlier in the day, Jeffcoat also recorded a personal record in the 1,600 meter run and finished fourth with a time of 4:40.88. He bested his regional time of 4:49.23 by nearly nine seconds and his state seed by three spots.
“It’s great,” Jeffcoat said. “To be able to end my year off with two PRs and an all-state finish, it’s just amazing.”
Patterson track coach Mark Millet said, “He worked. He worked for what he got. It was a good day. A good day for St. Mary and Patterson.”
Saturday’s meet may not be his last either as he said he is looking at possibly walking on at ULM to run.
While he didn’t medal, Patterson’s Matthew Tregle recorded a personal record in the shot put with a throw of 45 feet, 1.5 inches. He finished ninth.
He had entered state seeded ninth following a regional throw of 45 feet, 0.25 inch, which was his previous best throw.
“He’s improved every week and his throw today … was his best of the year, so it’s the perfect time to peak for him and it’s only going to get better for him,” Millet said.