LHSAA Girls State Meet Preview

Class B feels a strong presence from Christ Episcopal School. They are projected to have a large lead on the field but are pursued by other schools such as Episcopal of Acadiana and Simsboro. The catch is that these schools qualified from the same region except for Simsboro, which could change how some schools will stand in future team scores.

Christ Episcopal dominates the field in distance through Svenya Stoyanoff. She has proved herself valuable in every distance event, as she ranks No.1 in the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m. She is joined by teammate Noah Watson in the 1600m; she ranks No. 3 in the event. On top of that, Addie Lee couples with Stoyanoff in the 3200m, in which she is ranked No. 4 in class B.

In the sprints, Ella Laborde qualifies in the 300m hurdles and is the second best-ranked athlete in the event. Christ Episcopal also qualified Meaghan Burke in the pole vault and Lainey Connell in the javelin for some diversity in the field events. Finally Christ Episcopal advances the 4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x400m relays. This could fare very well for the team since they are ranked in podium range for each event.

Episcopal of Acadiana leads off in the sprint and distance combo with Ayden Brown running the 400m and 800m. She is currently the No.1 seed in the 400m and the No. 2 seed in the 800m. Following up on Brown's distance event entry is Ava Grace Herbert. She enters the 3200m with the second-best time in class B. Meanwhile, Irene Kaiser can garner important points in the long jump, triple jump, and 100m hurdles. Irene is set to podium in both long and triple jump and is ranked No. 4 in the 100m hurdles. 

Simsboro relies on their sprints and relays in contrast to Christ Episcopal and Episcopal of Acadiana. This could turn to their advantage since other teams are putting their eggs into the distance basket. Ikea Brown and Jade Gilmore lead Simsboro in the 100m and 200m respectively. Brown is ranked No. 2 and Gilmore is ranked No. 3. Brown not only competes in the 100m but the 100m hurdles and long jump as well. She has the top-ranked time in the hurdles and is ranked No. 5 in the long jump.

Brown's versatility plays to Simsboro's advantage as they capitalize on multiple events. Joining the sprint squad is Alexis Hester. She shows promise to score in the 400m and 800m and collect quality points for Simsboro. Turning to the triple jump, Lauryn Vernon is set to compete for a podium position as she ranks No. 3. Rounding out Simsboro's team are the 4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x400m relays. This is one of Simsboro's better chances to score as they rank fairly well in the events.

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