Several local athletes win state titles

Thibodaux's Joya Tardieff high-school career by winning the Class 5A state title in the girls 300-meter hurdles. (Photo by Brent St. Germain/Staff)

BATON ROUGE -- The third time is apparently the charm for Thibodaux hurdler Joya Tardieff.

After finishing as the Class 5A runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles as a sophomore and junior, Tardieff made it count for her senior year. She capped off her high-school career by winning the event in a time of 45.05 seconds at Saturday's Louisiana High School Athletic Association's Class 5A meet at LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium.

"I knew I had it in my mind that I was going to win it this year," she said. "Since I had the best time in regionals, I knew I had to take advantage of my lane. I was able to do that and take first place."

As soon as Tardieff crossed the finish line, she lifted her arms in the air to celebrate her state championship.

"It felt so good because I felt like I didn't run my best in my other races," she said. "I came back and did it in my last race, so I am real proud and was able to help my team. It was the perfect way to end my high-school career."

Tardieff also finished fourth in the girls 100-meter hurdles (15.13) and joined Miannte' Guidry, Macy Young and Chelsie Brown on the 800-meter relay team (ninth, 1:54.12) and Marissa Stove, Brown and Young on the 1,600-meter relay team (ninth, 4:16.00).

Assumption's Bailey Daigle, on the other hand, picked the perfect time to clear a personal best in the pole vault. Her mark of 12 feet ended up being more than a personal best. It helped her claim the Class 4A state championship at Saturday's state meet.

"Everybody seems to jump better at big meets because your adrenaline is pumping," Daigle, a junior, said. "I just came out here after a good week of practice and was determined to bounce back after messing up at regionals."

Daigle headed to the state meet after finishing third in the Class 4A, Region III meet. She was also the District 8-4A pole vault champion.

Throughout the competition, Daigle battled Vandebilt Catholic's Brooke Brunet and DeRidder's Kimmie Richard for the state title. On her final attempt at 11-0, Daigle cleared the bar and immediately jumped up to celebrate her state championship.

"You know that it's your last jump, and you don't want to go out until you give all that you got," she said.

Assumption coach Chad Landry said he was impressed with Daigle's composure in a tense competition.

"That girl has ice water in her veins," he said. "Every time you think she is out,  she comes up with a big jump. She pulls it out from somewhere."

E.D. White's girls 1,600-meter relay team ended the Class 3A meet by capturing the state title in a time of 4:05.46. Members of the team are Emily Weimer, Caroline Robichaux, Sami Falgout and Michelle Rivere.

South Lafourche's Devin Blackwell finished in the Top 3 in a pair events. He finished third in the boys 300-meter hurdles  (38.71) and teamed up with Jake Williams, Zaron Jenkins and Wilbert Rhodes to finish third in the 800-meter relay (1:28.12).

"It was a big accomplishment, but I was shooting for first and second (in the boys 300-meter hurdles)," Blackwell said. "It's the first year I made it to state, and it was great accomplishment to just make it to the podium."

Thibodaux's Joycelyn Daggs also reached the podium, finishing third in the Class 5A girls long jump (17-07.5).

Here is how the rest of Lafourche Parish, Assumption High and St. James High athletes fared during the state meet. For complete live results from the state meet, visit




Kierranika Duncan was listed in the girls triple jump heat sheet, but she did not compete.



Other South Lafourche athletes at the state meet were Dominick Fillinich (fifth in the boys high jump, 6-04), Sean Bouzigard (fifth in the boys discus, 155-03), Blackwell (finished fifth in the boys 110-meter hurdles, 14.88), boys 400-meter relay team of Jenkins, Williams, Eric Vegas and Wilbert Rhodes (eight, 43.07) and Marylaine Fillinich (eighth in the girls javelin, 93-11).

In the team overall standings, the Tarpons were ninth with 18 points. The Lady Tarpons did not score any points.



Other Thibodaux athletes competing at the state meet were Eris Stove (sixth in the girls triple jump, 36-10.25), Daggs (seventh in the girls triple jump, 36-5.5), Guidry (seventh in the girls long jump, 16-6), Samasia Coleman (ninth in the girls shot put, 32-8), Emily Lee (ninth in the girls discus, 87-10), Kiarra Davis (ninth in the 800-meter run, 2:44.72), girls 400-meter relay team of Guidry, Young, Stove and Brown (sixth, 49.89), Dustin Becnel (eighth in the boys pole vault, 13-0), Blade Martinez (ninth in the boys javelin, 149-5), Dustin Johnson (ninth in the boys shot put, 48-06.75) and boys 400-meter relay team of Shyeem Thompson, Steven Hamilton, Donta Johnson and Terrence Johnson (ninth, 9:43.11)

In the team overall standings, the Lady Tigers were ninth with 22 points. The Tigers did not score any points.




Other Assumption athletes competing at the state meet were Jacob Daigle (seventh in the boys 1,600-meter run, 4:48.58) and Austin Bernard (eighth, 10:46.48).

In the team overall standings, the Lady Mustangs finished tied for 15th with 10 points. The Mustangs did not score any point at the state meet.




Other E.D. White athletes competing at the state meet were Xylynn Garnett (fourth in the girls javelin, 107-08, and tied for fifth in the girls high jump, 4-10), Emily Sauce (fourth in the girls 800-meter run, 2:29.18), Blair Boudreaux (sixth in the girls pole vault, 9-0), Hannah Babin (sixth in the girls 3,200-meter run, 13:02.60), Benton Arceneaux (fourth in the boys long jump, 21-08.75), Luke Hagen (fifth in the boys javelin, 148-7) and Jordan Borne (ninth in the girls long jump, 14-09)

In the team overall standings, the Cardinals finished tied for sixth with six points, and the Lady Cardinals were tied for ninth, 21.5 points.



Erwin James was the lone St. James athlete at the state meet, finishing seventh in the boys 110-meter hurdles (15.87). The Wildcats did not score any points in the state meet.