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LHSAA Indoor track meet: St. Augustine’s Zander Dunbar bides his time to win 800 meters – NOLA.com

The pattern was clear.

One of the boys Division I 800-meter runners would sprint ahead for a big lead but run out of energy the next lap. Another runner would sprint ahead to take his place only to meet the same fate.

Throughout all of it St. Augustine’s Zander Dunbar waited just outside the top spots — never leading, never over extending himself.

In other words, disciplined.

Dunbar bided his time, waiting for an opportunity to strike. As the rest of the pack tired in the final lap, Dunbar surged ahead to take the lead in the final straightaway. He led for all of a few seconds, but his time of 1:57.70 was enough for a title at the LHSAA indoor state track meet.

“My coach always tells me to stay disciplined,” Dunbar said. “There were something like five lead changes. But I just had to stay at a distance where I could make a move.”

Jesuit had a different approach to the 4×800 relay — gain the lead early, keep the lead and grow the lead.

The Blue Jays came into the meet with the second best qualifying time, but there was no doubt who the top team was on Saturday as they walked away with a Division I state meet record time of 8:07.86.

“Two weeks ago at the qualifier we lost to Ruston,” Jesuit sophomore Michael Vocke said. “That got us motivated again. We had a target now. We put in a lot of work the last two weeks and focused specifically on beating Ruston. We got it done today.”

One of the few New Orleans area girls to claim a title on Saturday was Svenya Stoyanoff of Christ Episcopal who reclaimed her title in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:18.47. Stoyanoff previously won the state meet as a sophomore in 2020 before finishing second last year.

Stoyanoff paced herself through the early portion of the race before taking a lead in the later laps, finishing almost two seconds ahead of her next closest competitor.

“The 1,600 is my favorite race and the one I’m always training for and looking forward to running,” Stoyanoff said. “I’m so passionate about it I just had to win.”

The boys and girls triple jump saw a pair of record-setting performances in Ruston’s Brandon Green and Central Lafourche’s Ke’yona Gabriel.

Green’s winning jump of 51 feet, 6.25 inches sets the LHSAA Division I meet and Carl Maddox Field House high school record and is the top jump in the country this year. Meanwhile Gabriel’s mark of 40 feet, 6.75 inches is the fifth best jump in the country and also set the Division I meet and LSU Field House records.

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Source: https://www.nola.com/sports/high_schools/article_abda3210-9199-11ec-a7bb-afb9283bc568.html

The pattern was clear.

One of the boys Division I 800-meter runners would sprint ahead for a big lead but run out of energy the next lap. Another runner would sprint ahead to take his place only to meet the same fate.

Throughout all of it St. Augustine’s Zander Dunbar waited just outside the top spots — never leading, never over extending himself.

In other words, disciplined.

Dunbar bided his time, waiting for an opportunity to strike. As the rest of the pack tired in the final lap, Dunbar surged ahead to take the lead in the final straightaway. He led for all of a few seconds, but his time of 1:57.70 was enough for a title at t…….

The pattern was clear.

One of the boys Division I 800-meter runners would sprint ahead for a big lead but run out of energy the next lap. Another runner would sprint ahead to take his place only to meet the same fate.

Throughout all of it St. Augustine’s Zander Dunbar waited just outside the top spots — never leading, never over extending himself.

In other words, disciplined.

Dunbar bided his time, waiting for an opportunity to strike. As the rest of the pack tired in the final lap, Dunbar surged ahead to take the lead in the final straightaway. He led for all of a few seconds, but his time of 1:57.70 was enough for a title at t…….

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