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Hard work pays off for Thibodaux track standout

Thibodaux High's Joycelyn Daggs recetly signed a national letter-of-intent with Dillard in New Orleans. (Photo by File)

Former Thibodaux track and field standout Joycelyn Daggs is no stranger to hard work.

Daggs worked hard in practice to succeed in the long and triple jumps, and it paid off with numerous wins throughout her high school career.

She capped of her high school career with a seventh place finish in the girls triple jump at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's Class 5A meet.

While the state meet marked the end of her high school career, Daggs was not ready to hang up her jumping cleats.

Instead, Daggs will get a chance to compete at the next level after recently signing a national letter-of-intent with Dillard in New Orleans.

"I'm very excited and very blessed to have this opportunity," she said. "It's something I've work hard for my entire life.

"I've been working hard to achieve this goal. I want to continue to work hard and help Dillard continue their winning ways and possibly make it to nationals. I have confidence in the coaches at Dillard that I can get it done."

Daggs is the third Lady Tigers track and field athlete to sign a track scholarship since the end of the 2013 season. Also signing scholarships were Joya Tardieff (Louisiana-Lafayette) and Chelise Brown (UNO).

Thibodaux jumping coach Daniel Trosclair said signing with Dillard is a great opportunity for Daggs.

"It's a great opportunity for her to continue on with her track endeavors," Trosclair said. "She has a lot of potential to be successful at that level, and it's a good place to train."

Daggs will be more than a jumper at Dillard. In addition to the long and triple jumps, she will likely compete in some relay events.

At Thibodaux, Daggs also competed in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes and in relay events.

"She definitely has the potential to put up points in the long and triple jumps and can help out in the relays," Trosclair said.

Now that she closed the chapter on high-school career, Daggs said she will always remember the good times at Thibodaux and hopes those will continue at Dillard.

"I will never forget the winning tradition we helped build at Thibodaux," she said. "We were able to win district titles and regional titles. I'm hoping I can continue winning in college."