Lake Charles Sprinters Fastest Freshmen In Louisiana!


What if I told you that there were only two freshmen boys in the state of Louisiana who ran sub 11.0 in the 100m during the 2024 season? What if I told you they were not only from the same, but the same team as well?

ESPN may not do a documentary on Lake Charles College Prep freshmen Kai Fontenot and Ayden Carter, Louisiana track and field fans will be keeping up with their progress over the next three years.

Fontenot had the fastest time in the state with a 10.77. Carter was right behind him with a 10.79. It is interesting to note that both Fontenot and Carter ran their fastest time at the District 3-3A Meet, but that is not to suggest the times were a fluke.

The duo proved as much as they both qualified for the LHSAA State Outdoor Meet in both the 100m and the 200m. Fontenot finished sixth with a time of 11.16. His teammate, Carter, was right behind him with a time of 11.21.

The fantastic freshmen were even more impressive in the 200m.

Carter finished on the podium with a time of 21.89. Fontenot finished fourth with a 21.99.

Anyone who watched Carter during the 2023 season was not surprised by Carter's success. He showcased his talents on the football field scoring several touchdowns for the Trailblazers, including one on a kickoff return.  

Fontenot attributes the early success to his work ethic.

"It turned out better than I thought," Fontenot said. "That's because I started working harder than everyone.

While it was a good start, 

"It feels great (being the fastest freshman in the state)," Fontenot said. "but I still have work to do. I have a goal and it's not accomplished yet. I'm looking for more consistency in my running and running under 10.3. I want to be the fastest in Louisiana." 

Being a math teacher, LCCP head coach Jackie Rhine knows this adds up to what promises to be an exciting three years for the Trailblazers. 

"Kai and Ayden are two of the most talented sprinters I've coach in my 8 years of coaching," Rhine said. "To say that they're freshmen you could never tell from their daily approach. These two push each other and their teammates day in and day out. It's not often you get a chance to have two sub 11 sprinters on one team that are freshmen, so needless to say the future of our program is bright and we're looking forward to not only competing for state championships but also attempting to break a few of the state composite records."