Esfeller, LHS girls win state indoors

Esfeller, LHS girls win state indoors


Esfeller, LHS girls win state indoors


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BATON ROUGE — Kaylei Esfeller showed the way, and the Lafayette High Lady Lions rolled to victory in Saturday’s LHSAA State Indoor Meet at LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House.

Coach Ronald Baillargeon’s squad outpointed rival Baton Rouge Magnet 57-46 to capture the Division I (Classes 5A, 4A) crown for the second time in school history.

Esfeller won the 800 meters in 2:22.90, holding off St. Scholastica’s Madison McDaniel (2:23.92), after placing third in the 1600 with a time of 5:39.50.

She also ran the anchor leg on LHS’s victorious 4×800 relay, as D’sharee Collins, Ky’Reon McBride, Aimee Stokes and Esfeller cruised to a winning time of 10:00.38.

To finish off the evening, the same quartet placed third in the concluding 4×400 relay in 4:07.91.

In all, Esfeller had a hand in 32 of her team’s 57 points.

“I’m so happy for her,” Baillargeon said of Esfeller. “She was working 5 nights a week in a retail store, but cut back her hours and I was able to work with her more.

“She was third when she got the stick in the 4×800, but made up the difference. The 4×400 was hard for them, because they all worked so hard.

“I knew we had a chance going into the meet. It’s been a tough year, but it’s a great feeling to win state.”

Also shining for LHS was Collins with a third-place 58.76 in the 400, as well as Erin O’Neal (35-10.5) and Erica Aucoin (35-6.25) placing second and third in the shot put.

Division I also saw two more individual champions from the area as Northside’s Kiesha Jack won the 55 hurdles (8.19) and Westgate’s Aaliyah Walker took the pole vault (12-7).

In boys competition, Northside standout Shakier Ryan won the 55-meter dash in 6.38 while teammate Christian Miller (44-1.75) was the triple jump runner-up. Catholic-Baton Rouge rolled to 97 points and the team crown.

There were close calls among Division II boys from the area, with top-3 finishes by Franklin’s Cedric Paul (2nd, shot put) and Brennan Robinson (3rd, high jump), Erath’s Carlon Grogan (3rd, triple jump) and FHS’s third-place 4×200 relay.

John Curtis owned the team chase with 130 points.

North Vermilion’s Meg Simon won the Division II girls pole vault with a clearance of 12-0. Also, Port Barre’s Roma Hardy (long jump) and teammate Kwanza Andrus (shot put) were runners-up.

Franklin’s 4×200 relay was second and SHVP’s Mikaela Campbell was third in the 55 hurdles. Hamilton Christian topped St. Thomas Aquinas 53-38 for the team title.

LHSAA State Indoor Meet

Below are top-3 finishers from the Acadian area in Saturday’s LHSAA State Indoor Meet at LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House.


55 — 1. Shakier Ryan, NHS, 6.38.

TJ — 2. Christian Miller, NHS, 44-1.75.


1600 — 3. Kaylei Esfeller, LAF, 5:39.50.

55H — 1. Kiesha Jack, NHS, 8.19.

800 — 1. Kaylei Esfeller, LAF, 2:22.90.

400 — 3. D’sharee Collins, LAF, 58.76.

4×800 Relay — 1. Lafayette (Collin, Ky’Reon McBride, Aimee Stokes, Esfeller), 10:00.38.

4×400 Relay — 3. Lafayette (Collins, McBride, Stokes, Esfeller), 4:07.91.

PV — 1. Aaliyah Walker, WSM, 12-7.

SP — 2. Erin O’Neal, LAF, 35-10.5. 3. Erica Aucoin, LAF, 35-6.25.


4×200 Relay — 3. Franklin, 1:34.0.

55H — 2. Damien Williams, FHS, 7.72.

4×400 Relay — 2. Crowley, 3:35.80.

HJ — 3. Brennan Robinson, FHS, 6-1.

SP — 2. Cedric Paul, FHS, 55-1.5.

TJ — 3. Carlon Grogan, Erath, 42-9.75.


4×200 Relay — 2. Franklin, 1:50.54; 3. Westminster, 1:51.30.

55H — 3. Mikaela Campbell, SHVP, 8.88.

LJ — 2. Roma Hardy, PB, 17-0.25.

PV — 1. Meg Simon, NV, 12-0.

SP — 2. Kwanza Andrus, PB, 40-0.25.


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