Track and Field Season Crosses the Finish Line

Dashing toward the finish line, Dominican Track and Field Team members leaped over obstacles, successfully qualifying for state competition at LSU on May 6.  Senior Emily Doyle place eighth in state in the 1600m with a time of 5:38.  Junior Abby Slattery also competed in state in the javelin throw, placing eighth with a distance of 99’1”.

“I’m really excited that I competed at LSU in May,” said Doyle.  “It was my last race ever for Dominican, and I’m glad I was able to finish it all off at state.”

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Dominican seniors celebrate their first place district ranking.  Toasting to their final season at DHS are (l to r) Sam Messonnier, Emma Steeg, Jailyn Heisser, Emily Doyle, Victoria Gillam and Laney Thomson. 

Earlier in the season, DHS claimed the title of District Champions at Tad Gormley Stadium on Apr. 20, qualifying for regional competition.

While at district, Doyle place second in both the 1600m and 3200m.  She logged a time of 5:42.7 in the 1600m and 12:23.8 in the 3200m run.  Slattery placed second in district in javelin.

Additionally, Dominican won the 4x200m relay as well as the 4×100 relay.  Placing first in the 4x100m race were sophomores Marion Boyd, Gabbie Cotton, junior Sarah Becnel and senior Jailyn Heisser.  First place winners of the 4x200m relay were Boyd, Cotton, Heisser and senior Laney Thomson.


Junior Abby Slattery places second in the javelin event at the Track and Field district meet on April 20.  “Competing at state gave me a better understanding of what I needed to work on,” said Slattery. “It opened my mind to what level my competition was on so I could strive to be on that same level.”

Other first place winners at district included sophomore Liz Messonnier in the high jump and junior Cece Chaney, who won the triple jump as well as the 100m hurdles.

“Watching my teammates put in 110% not only during district but in every practice is such as great feeling,” said Thomson.  “We have all been working so hard this season.”

Track coach Mr. Paul Garvey agreed with Thomson.  “We have had a very successful season,’ said Mr. Garvey.  “We have been working toward our common goal of competing to the best of our ability.”

“It was bittersweet to have my final track meet, but I couldn’t have asked for a better season or a better team,” said Heisser.  “I’m really blessed to have been able to run with this team for the past five years.”