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Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic Slated for March 25-26

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic returns to Tad Gormley Stadium on Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, with nearly 2,000 student-athletes from six states slated to compete in the two-day event. Since 1993, this event has been the largest high school track and field invitational in Louisiana, featuring more than 100 boys and girls teams from throughout the Southeast.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic

Metro New Orleans schools with student-athletes in action last year included: Ben Franklin, Bonnabel, Cabrini, Carver, Chapelle, Cohen, Desire Street Academy, Douglass, East St. John, Ellender, Grace King, Helen Cox, Higgins, Holy Cross, Jesuit, John Curtis, John Ehret, John McDonogh, Karr, Lusher, Mandeville, McDonogh #35, McMain, Metairie Park Country Day, Mt. Carmel, Newman, Northshore, Sacred Heart, St. Augustine, St. Mary's, Ursuline, West Jefferson and Xavier Prep. Entries for this year's event will not be finalized until March 21.

The 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic affirmed itself as one of the premier high school track events in the Southeast. Last year's event saw multiple meet records established along with numerous crowd-rousing performances which ranked on a national level.

The top individual performers on the girls' side both turned in tremendous performances. On Friday afternoon, Merritt Van Meter (now competing for the University of North Carolina) established a new pole vault record by clearing 13 feet. She missed on her first two efforts at 12-6 for the record, but then topped that mark for the record before improving it to 13. She earned Most Outstanding Field Performer honors among girls.

The Most Outstanding Track Performer was Cory McGee (who was recently named the SEC Indoor Track Freshman Runner of the Year as a Florida Gator) from Pass Christian. One of the top milers in the nation, McGee opted to run the 800 in New Orleans. She quickly jumped out in front at the start and dazzled all with her speed as she shattered the previous meet record of 2:14.58 with a time of 2:10.04 - the top time in the nation last year.

On the boys' side, Joshua Sigler, from Murphy High School in Mobile, earned Most Outstanding Field Performer honors after winning the long jump (22-10.75) and the triple jump (45-06). Most Outstanding Track Performer Recognition went to Stew Shoemaker from Bayside Academy, also in Alabama, who won the 800-meter run (1:58.93) and the 1,600-meter run (4:32.87).

Another top performance was turned in by Toshika Sylvester (pictured, now at LSU) from Phoenix High, who was the only triple-winner of the meet, capturing the girls' 100-meter dash (12.07), the 200-meter dash (24.87) and the long jump (17-07). Maudrecus Humphrey from Hoover High School in Alabama, won the boys' 100-meter dash (10.81) and the 200-meter dash (21.94); and Hilary Woods from Xavier Prep, topped the girls 400-meter dash field with a time of 56.38, while also helping her school to first in the 4x200 relay and second in the 4x400 relay. Katherine White, from St. Paul's High School in Mobile, set a meet record in the high jump with a mark of 5-8.25.

Hoover scored 85.5 points to win the boys team championship with St. Augustine finishing second with 72 points. On the girls side, St. Paul's Episcopal of Mobile, tallied 90.5 points for a wide-margin of victory over Hoover (72 points) and Xavier Prep (54).

-AllstateSugarBowl.org-