The Ragin’ Cajuns track and field coach Lon Badeaux recently announced the addition of 21 student-athletes for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.
Following the announcement, Badeaux said, “We are really excited about this recruiting class, we felt like we filled some key roles on our roster and added some much needed depth to our team.” The 21 newcomers combined for 35 state titles during their high-school careers. Out of the 21 newcomers, 13 are from Louisiana.
A distance runner from Carencro, Key Alfred is joining the Louisiana Track team. He is a four time Class 4A state champion. He was also named the 2018 Track MVP on the All-Acadiana Boys Track and Field team.
From Pineville, Louisiana, John Joseph will be Louisiana’s newest jumper. He is a three time 5A state champion in the long jump and triple jump. He was added to the 2018 LWSA All-State Track and Field team.
Terroll Jolla is a sprinter from New Orleans. Jolla has garnered second-sixth place finishes at the 2018 LHSAA Division I state indoor meet and the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic.
The next addition to the Ragin’ Cajuns track and field program is Rylan Theyard. Theyard is a jumper from New Orleans and earned top honors in the high jump at the District 10-3A and LHSAA Region III-3A meets.
A middle distance runner from Baton Rouge, Tyrell Hargrove is the 2018 Division I state champion in the 800 meters at the LHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. He was named to the Baton Rouge Advocate All-Metro Track and Field team.
Chancellor Bangura is a sprinter from Thibodaux, Louisiana. He was named a first-team selection on the Courier/daily Comet All-Region Track and Field Team.
From Gauting, Germany, Hannes Burger is a distance runner. Burger earned third place in the 3,000-meter dash at the German Indoor U20 Championships and posted top times at the 2018 Sparkassen Gala.
Graham Sokol is a thrower from Gainesville, Florida. He is a two-time NJCAA All-American at Barton County Community College and garnered top awards in the hammer throw throughout his high school career.
From Houston, Solomon Brent is a middle distance runner. He has clocked in impressive times at the UI21-6A District Meet, Kingwood Andy Wells Invitational, and USATF National Junior Olympic Championships.
A sprinter and jumper, Kaprecia Cowans is from Jonesboro and is a six-time state champion and claimed four Class 1A state titles in 2018.
Reagann Leleux is a pole vaulter from New Iberia, Louisiana. She is a 12-time state champion in track and field and won five consecutive indoor and outdoor tiles in the pole vault from 2014-2018.
From Independence, Kansas, Kalei Matthews is a sprinter with impressive accomplishments in high school and at Coffeyville Community College. The same can be said for her sister Shalei Matthews who is a jumper.
Joining the Cajuns from Halle, Germany, Lea-Marie Diedicke is a multi competitor and has competed in the pentathlon and heptathlon.
A hurdler from Dudelange, Luxembourg will also be joining the Cajuns this year. Kany Touré has achieved various impressive accomplishments from across Europe.
Alexis James is a thrower from Alton, Illinois. She earned All-America Honors at Barton County Community College as well as breaking records at her high school.
Staying in her hometown, Sydnea Guidry is a hurdler from Lafayette where she isa two-time District 5-4A and Region II-4A champion in the 300 meter hurdles.
India Brown is a sprinter from Baton Rouge. She was the class 3A state runner up in the 400-meter sprint at the 2018 LHSAA meet.
After being St. Thomas More’s high school high jump record holder, Payton Phares will join Louisiana’s track and field program as a jumper.
Ainsley Scott is a jumper from Mandeville. She is a two-time District 6-5A champion, placing in the top ten at various competitions.
The latest addition for Louisiana is Kate Ferguson. Ferguson is a distance runner from Lafayette and finished third overall in the 3,200-meters at the District 5-4A meet.