Excerpt from The Advocate
There’s something to be said for perseverance.
The performance of Jehovah-Jireh’s Randy Carter Jr. helped prove that point Thursday night at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/State Farm Track and Field meet.
Carter battled through seasonal allergies to win three events in the Class C boys competition on the first day of the three-day LHSAA event at the LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium. After winning the 1,600 meters earlier, Carter offered a blunt assessment of what the best part of the race was.
"The best part of it was to finish,” Carter said. "At the end of the first lap Alex (Lewis of Holy Rosary) passed me. That’s when I knew I had to pick it up.”
Carter won the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 51.12 seconds and then came back to win the 800 (2:11.01) and the 3,200 (10:53.05). He also placed third in the 400 meters.
Carter’s performance was notable because the efforts of distance runners and teams that won state basketball titles two months ago were a big part of the story in Classes B and C. Carter was voted the Outstanding Boys Performer in Class C.
"I’m happy I won three events,” Carter said. "But I know I can do better.”