Vandebilt's Breaux captures state indoor title in 2-mile


Vandebilt Catholic’s Alexa Breaux won the state title in the girls’ 3,200-meter run during Saturday’s state indoor track and field meet in Baton Rouge. (Photo by Chris Singleton/Staff)


The never-say-die attitude of Vandebilt Catholic freshman distance runner Alexa Breaux paid off in a big way during the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's state indoor track and field meet at LSU's Carl Maddox Fieldhouse Baton Rouge on Saturday.

Breaux was competing in the Division I girls 3,200-meter run, and before she could finish her first lap, she tripped and fell, which put her last at the start of the race.

But Breaux didn't quit. She got up, caught up with the pack and won the race with a time of 12 minutes, 05.68 seconds.

Breaux, who finished as Class 4A state-runner up in cross country last year, said she wouldn't let a bad start to the race didn't derail her goals of winning it all.

"There were so many people around me that I got tangled up in the crowd and fell," she said. "I knew I was in last, so I had to get back in it fast because if I didn't, it would be hard to catch up. I just tried to keep up with the pack."

Vandebilt track and field coach David Malone said Breaux quickly bounced back after her stumble.

"When she fell, I let out a gasp," Malone said. "But Alexa got up. I saw some anger in her eyes. She sprinted right to the front of the pack and commanded the race from the time she took the lead until the end. I've never been more proud of an athlete in my life than what I saw Alexa do on the track that day."

Breaux, who celebrated her 15th birthday on Monday, said it was the best feeling in the world to cross the finish line as a state champion.

"I was very happy. I couldn't believe I had fell and still won," Breaux said. "I'm so proud of myself. It was an amazing feeling."

Breaux wasn't the lone local area athlete who made it to the Top 3 podium during Saturday's indoor state meet.

H.L. Bourgeois senior Raeven Scott placed second in the girls Division I high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 2 inches.

Scott's second place mark was just behind St. Scholastica's Mary Grace Glitz, who jumped 5-05.

H.L. Bourgeois coach Joe Riley said he was impressed with Scott's performance, especially since she spent most of her time playing basketball this season and didn't get a lot of work in before the state indoor meet.

"It's a great accomplishment for her," Riley said. "She's a hard worker and a no-nonsense type of young lady. Our goal really for indoor was to let her practice for the outdoor season, but with the competitor she is, she went out there and did more than that by finishing state runner-up."

Assumption's Bailey Daigle clinched third overall in the Division I girls pole vault, reaching heights of 11-03. Thibodaux's Joya Tardieff placed third overall in the Division I girls 55-meter hurdles at 8.80 seconds.

On the boys side, Thibodaux's Cade Bailey finished tied for second in the Division I boys pole vault, clearing a mark of 14-01.

Here are the other local finishers by school:

DIVISION I

CENTRAL LAFOURCHE

Ramon Robertson placed 12th in the boys' high jump at 5-06, while Sara Breakfield took 15th in the girls pole vault at 8-01.

ELLENDER

The Patriots got a fourth-place finish from Brian Verdin in the 400-meter dash (50.62), a 10th place finish from Kevin Lucien in the long jump (20-01 2/4), a seventh-place finish from its 1600-meter relay team (3:35.90) and an eighth-place finish from its 800-meter relay team (1:34.58). Ellender's boys relay team consisted of Lucien, Verdin, Thomas Johnson Jr and Jaharri Gahno.

The Lady Patriots got a 12th-place finish from Skyla Verdin in the girls' 800-meter run (2:45.60).

H.L. BOURGEOIS

Vanessa Williams took fifth in the girls' 400-meter run with a time of 59.45. The Lady Braves' 1600-meter relay team, which is made up of Williams, Scott, Mikayla Moss and Brittany Soileau, finished seventh (4:17.13).

On the boys side, the Braves' 800-meter relay team of Tylone Johnson, Michael Flakes, Jordan Starks and Damaris Holmes finished 13th (1:36.44).

SOUTH LAFOURCHE

Participants for the Tarpons who placed were Brandon Brunet in the 1600-meter run (fourth, 4:37.79), Dominick Fillinich in the high jump (fifth, 6-feet), Taylor Keller in the pole vault (seventh, 12-07), Jake Williams in the long jump (ninth, 20-02 3/4) and Abel Collins in the shot put (15th, 36-10 2/4).

THIBODAUX

Thibodaux's girls 800-meter relay team of Tardieff, Chelise Brown, Macey Young and Miannte' Guidry placed seventh with a time of 1:48.88.

Other finishers for Thibodaux were Samasia Coleman in the girls shot put (fourth, 32-11 3/4), Emily Lee in the girls shot put (eighth, 28-07 3/4), Joycelynn Daggs in the girls high jump (15th, 13-05) and Dustin Becnel in the pole vault (eighth, 12-feet).

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC

Vandebilt's Jesse Martin finished fifth in the boys long jump at 21-04 1/4), while Duncan Prentice was seventh in the boys long jump (21-feet, 1/4) and the boys triple jump (40-03).

Brooke Brunet was ninth in the girls' pole vault (9-09).

DIVISION II

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC

Benton Arceneaux had a fifth place finish in the boys' long jump (20-09) and a sixth place mark in the triple jump (41-03 2/4).

Other finishers for the Cardinals were Michael Melancon in the high jump (5-08) and Dannon Steib in the long jump (18-00 2/4).