LHSAA Boys State Meet Preview

Boys 1A

1A holds a standoff between Ouachita Christian and Metairie Park Country Day for the contention of a state title. Ouachita Christian seems dominant in most of the disciplines, but Metairie Park's sprints could change the outcome by making ground in the area that Ouachita lacks. 

Ouachita Christian is a strong team but lacks enough runners in the sprints, however, they do have depth and talent in the hurdles. Tristen Wiley leads his team in the 110m and 300m hurdles. He is closely followed by his teammates James Graves and Cade Allen in these events, and these boys are bound to give Ouachita the wiggle room that they so desire at the state championship. Wiley not only runs the hurdles but he also is ranked #3 in 1A for the 100m. Next, Garrett Simmons takes charge in the 800m qualifier to regionals and is followed up by Jay Parker who leads his team out of district in both the 1600m and the 3200m. Ouachita's two pole vaulters, Porter Ratliff and Chad Strickland are both tied in ranking at #1 in 1A, creating a potential 1-2 finish at state. Ouachita's throws disciplines are strong heading into this next round of qualifiers. They have Chris Holyfield, ranked #1 in the javelin, accompanied with Aiden McCrary; Avery Pilgreen, ranked #4 in the discus; James Miller coupled with Andy Weatherford in the shotput. The depth in Ouachita's throws is astounding and will a force to be reckoned with later in the season. In terms of Ouachita's relays, they have their greatest strength in their 4x400m.

Metairie Park is very strong in all aspects. George Mueller, Edward Lombard, Jake Amann, and Yash Gupta all represent the sprint squad from the 100m to the 400m. Wilbert Odem and Jack Zink will bring ins some points from the 1600m and 3200m. Jack Caplan also moves on in the 800m while also competing in the pole vault. Metairie Park also has a strong 4x200m and 4x400m that will help in team scores.