The cat is out of the bag, and Maurepas’ Aiden McCoy may have told on track coach Jake Bourgeois a little.
McCoy has enjoyed spectacular success in his first year competing in varsity track with the Wolves, but getting him out to compete may have come as the result of some recruiting tactics by Bourgeois, who was also McCoy’s basketball coach this season.
“Honestly, he told me I wouldn’t have to run for basketball if I went out there for track and got us some points,” McCoy said. “He told me if we did something bad (at basketball practice), which we usually do, he wasn’t going to make me run if I ran track, so I did it.”
McCoy said Bourgeois carried through on his promise, but McCoy’s been the one running – and jumping – since then and is one of eight parish athletes who will be competing in Thursday’s Class B-C state meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
McCoy’s rise to the state meet has been unexpected to say the least. He’s played baseball at Maurepas before adding basketball and track to his resume’ this season. Bourgeois said he had to take a stab at getting McCoy out for track after watching him work with the Wolves’ basketball team.
“I just knew that whenever he was on the basketball court, right away when we were at practice, him and Hunter (Dupuy) are the two best athletes that stepped on that court, and you can tell, just the way they move, the way they jump, the way they can read things,” Bourgeois said. “That’s why I just figured he would be successful, but not this successful, but maybe he would do well.”
McCoy made an immediate impact at the Livingston Parish Championships, claiming Outstanding Field Performer honors in his first varsity meet with first-place finishes in the long jump (17-10 ½) and triple jump (34-10), a second in the high jump and third in the 300 hurdles.
McCoy figured he was on to something while competing at the District 7-B meet. He improved his mark in the triple jump to a winning mark of 38-4, while also winning the long jump (18-3.5) and taking third in the high jump (5-6) and 300 hurdles (49.73) to earn MVP honors again.
“It’s just his raw athleticism,” Bourgeois said. “He definitely shocked all of us. “I’m pretty sure he shocked himself the most, though.”
Then, at last week’s regional meet at McNeese State University, McCoy posted a mark of 42-2 to win the triple jump and went 19-6 to finish second in the long jump, taking MVP Field honors again.
“I went up eight feet in two meets (in the triple jump), so then I realized I could actually do this if I get a little bit of technique down,” McCoy said.
Another remarkable aspect to McCoy’s rise is the fact that the Maurepas track team doesn’t practice, but McCoy said his confidence has improved with each meet.
“I think, honestly, I trust myself more and I’m a little bit more loose because I know I can do it, and I’m more confident,” he said. “At the first meet, I was a little nervous. I just didn’t know what to expect, and now I expect highly of myself.”
Part of those high expectations have come from McCoy’s parents, Misty and Shane McCoy. McCoy’s sister, Ali, plays softball at Southeastern.
“I’m hard on myself because they’ve always been kind of hard on us because they expect great stuff from us,” Aiden McCoy said.
McCoy is doing his best to make sure that this season isn’t a one-time thing. He’s been picking the brain of Kameron Aime, the Wolves’ three-time state champion in the pole vault, who also helps his teammates improve their techniques. He’s also been hitting YouTube to watch videos of the world’s best triple jumpers and long jumpers in order to further improve.
“It’s still not good at all,” McCoy said of his marks. “If it would be good, I would be jumping mid-40s, I believe. I’m just trying to get that last part down. I’ve been researching, looking at what college heights are, just seeing how people were doing it different ways.”
At the state meet, McCoy will compete in the long jump and the triple jump, where he has the third-best qualifying mark behind Simsboro’s Jakemin Abney (43-4.5) and Weston’s Arabian Williams (42-8.5).
“I’m kind of nervous because I always hear about it from Kameron,” McCoy said of competing in his first state meet. “I really don’t know what to expect. I’m going to have a lot of adrenaline. I’ll loosen up after my first jump or my run-through, but I’m not going to sleep at all, I don’t believe.”
Whatever happens at the state meet, McCoy said he’s planning on joining a track club over the summer to get some more meets under his belt.
“I know he’s set high expectations for himself now because he’s got a taste of what that victory is like and he’s pumped up and he loves it,” Bourgeois said. “We’re definitely all shocked with what he’s been able to do, and he’s been a bonus for us. He’s a great kid. I’ve enjoyed spending time with him. It’s definitely been fun watching him succeed and exceeding his own expectations and getting excited for himself and falling in love with something.”
OTHER PARISH ATHLETES AT THE CLASS B-C STATE MEET
In addition to McCoy and Aime, who has the top qualifying mark in the pole vault (15-6), Maurepas’ Hunter Dupuy will compete in the high jump and 110-meter hurdles, where he has the third-best qualifying time (17.52).
Maurepas’ Madelyn Aime has the third-best qualifying mark in the girls pole vault at eight feet.
Holden’s Cole Forbes has the third-best qualifying mark in the javelin (144-10), while the Rockets’ John Sharp (118-08) had the second-best qualifying mark in the discus.
Holden’s Brooke Foster (29-10.5) will compete in the triple jump, while Jaycee Hughes (95-08) will compete in the javelin.
The Class 2A-1A meet will be held Friday with Springfield’s Waylon Mabry competing in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. He has the third-best qualifying time in the 100 hurdles (16.85)
Springfield’s Madison Watson will compete in the javelin, while French Settlement’s Erika McCrystal will compete in the high jump.
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