BATON ROUGE - Zachary’s Sean Burrell headlined Saturday’s 5A State Championship Meet with two blazing victories.
Burrell posted the fourth-best time in the nation with his 20.79 victory in the 200 meters before returning to the track to claim the 400 meter championship with a 46.52. He was named
the meet’s Most Outstanding Male Athlete.
“Knowing that I have one of the fastest times in the nation with the 400, it gives me a boost,” Burrell said. “I’ll keep looking forward. Every day you’ve got to be better.”
Burrell’s dominant day comes amid a recovery effort from a hamstring injury. He said still isn’t feeling 100 percent, but he was able to power through it for the last meet of the season.
“I just want to thank God for letting me make it through all four races,” Burrell said. “With the 400 especially, because it was a
battle this year. I ran a 46.50 today but I’ve seen 47s, 48s. It was a little discouraging but coming into the race I had the mindset that I wanted to have a 46. So, I came out running real hard.”
Burrell’s performance was good enough to push Zachary’s team to a Class 5A state runner-up finish with 50 points. District 4-5A rival Scotlandville (26) was sixth.
Catholic High won the meet with 70 points with three victories.
Due to rain pushing back the start time of the field events, Orsciana Beard of Zachary was placed in an awkward position. Beard had to leave the long jump competition while she held the lead to participate in the 100 hurdles, which she won with a time of 14.84.
Beard left the podium on the far side of Bernie Moore and ran to the Carl Maddox where part of the meet was held to complete her long jump, where she finished second with a 18 feet, 2 ¼ inches.
Beard returned indoors won the triple jump with an 39-01.25. Like Burrell, Beard took home Most Outstanding Athlete honors.
“It was kind of nerve-wracking,” Beard said. “I was nervous going in between. I had to calm myself down mentally and go out there to do what my training has prepared me to do. For the long jump I had to make sure I kept my chest up and make sure I have multiple steps before my jump.
“With the hurdles I had to keep my momentum between hurdles and crouch down,” Beard said. “So it was kind of hard to go back and forth. I was nervous but I was glad I was able to pull it off.”
Zachary’s girls wound up finishing third with 52 points.
The Broncos may not have taken home a title in either division, but their strong showings were good enough to please coach Chris Carrier.
“We told our kids with the weather just to control what we can control,” Carrier said. “The weather is going to do what the weather’s going to do. And for the most part, we did that. Orsciana won the hurdles then she won the triple jump then she place second in the long jump. So, she had a good day, Sean had a good day.”