BATON ROUGE – The 2019 Class B-C state track and field meet was a good one for the Aime family.
Maurepas’ Kameron Aime won his fourth straight pole vault championship -- his second in Class B -- but he wasn’t the only member of his family to make it to the podium as his sister, Madelyn, placed second in the girls Class B pole vault Thursday at LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium.
“Whenever I was in eighth-grade, that was whenever I first placed, so I’m glad that Maddy’s on the same track and we can progress together," Kameron Aime said. "It’s kind been this dream of mine to just be jumping with my sister every single meet – us both winning, jumping, having fun.”
Madelyn Aime, an eighth-grader, turned in a vault of 8 feet, 6 inches after qualifying for the state meet with a mark of eight feet.
“My approach was just to be the best I can and possibly make a new PR, which I did,” she said. “I feel amazing.”
Quitman’s Makayla Stewart won the event at nine feet.
Kameron Aime cleared 15-6 to win the state title.
“The first goal was to come out here, clear 14 and win state, and then I was jumping against myself,” he said.
Kameron Aime said he still has something to prove, even after winning a fourth state title.
“I really wanted to set a new Class B state meet record,” he said. “It was 16, so I wanted to jump 16-1, but it didn’t turn out that way. We’ll still be in Class B next year, so hopefully I can get it next year.
“I really wanted to do better than what I’ve been doing in the outdoor season," he said. "I’ve been kind of clearing 15-6 consistently as an average, but I haven’t managed to get back up to 16. I’ve only really cleared 16 twice and unofficially once. It’s a big bar, and there’s a lot of work that I need to do to get there and do it consistently, but it’s a work in progress.”
Kameron Aime came in at 14 feet then cleared 15 feet and 15-6 in consecutive attempts before missing out at 15-10 three times.
“I felt like I could have got the last one (at 15-10),” he said. “I just had some technical issues. I got stuck on my leg when I was trying to extend up the pole. It’s been happening to me recently. It’s something weird I’ve got to fix, I guess.”
J.S. Clark won the Class B boys title with 73 points, with Quitman second (46) and Episcopal of Acadiana (45). Maurepas was 11th with 22 points, while Holden tied fro 20th with eight points, along with Zwolle, Hicks and Oak Hill.
Episcopal of Acadiana won the girls championship team title with 112 points, followed by Grace Christian (86) and Castor (62). Maurepas finished 16th with eight points, while Holden was 22nd with two points.
Maurepas’ Aiden McCoy, competing is his first state meet, finished third in the triple jump (20-1 ¾) behind Jakemin Abney of Simsboro (20-7 1/2) and Jace Deters of Oak Hill (20-4 ¼).
“First jump, my legs felt good, then my knee started hurting and they started giving out and I didn’t get anything better,” McCoy said after faulting on a pair of jumps.
“My steps were a little too long at the end. I didn’t speed up my steps. They stayed long, so I faulted.”
McCoy finished fifth in the triple jump (39-11) as Abney (44-5 ¼) won the event.
Maurepas’ Hunter Dupuy was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (17.35) behind Glenmora’s Chanin Pikes (15.98), Episcopal of Acadiana’s William Lemoine (16.08) and J.S. Clark’s Justin Washington (16.35).
Dupuy was seventh in the high jump after a jump-off as six athletes in the field finished with a mark of six feet. Jordan Martin of Anacoco won with a jump of 6-2.
Dupuy came into the meet with a qualifying jump of 5-10.
In the discus, Holden’s John Sharp turned in his second-straight runner-up finish with a mark of 119-08.
“It’s nothing to be ashamed of,” he said. “It’s definitely a great feeling.”
Sharp, however, may have been more excited he witnessed a bit of history when event winner Ryan White of Bell City established a meet record with a throw of 151-06, breaking the previous record of 150-3 ¾, set by Bert Bolt of Elton in 1969.
“I feel great, especially being here having the experience of the state record being broken after 50 years, that definitely just hypes it up even more,” Sharp said. “It was definitely a great feeling. I was there when that happened.
“That record is probably going to stick for another 50 years, at least. I can see it. Well, until he comes back and breaks it next year.”
Holden’s Jaycee Hughes had to compete against Castor’s Kelsey Giddens, who defended her title in the javelin with a throw of 135-08. Hughes finished seventh with a throw of 100-04.
“I think biggest problem was throughout the year I was trying to change a lot of stuff instead of just sticking to what I knew, so I think I was just in my head a lot about it," Hughes said. "But all the people that beat me were all seniors, so I think next year I’ll have a better chance to come back and win it maybe – get a lot of work in the offseason."
Holden’s Brooke Foster turned in a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a personal record of 30-9 ¾ in her first state meet, while Holden’s Cole Forbes was ninth in the pole vault (112-05).
“I was nervous at first because I was kind of intimidated by the other kids because I’m only an eighth-grader, but once I got out there, I just did what I was taught to do,” Foster said. “I’m excited. I’m proud of myself …”
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