In a two-day event to end the season, the five Ragin’ Cajuns track and field athletes participating looked to finish their season on a high note. The five athletes that earned their spot included men’s javelin throwers Bartul Basic and Hunter Stelly. These two athletes will join men’s pole vaulter Kyle Baudoin as second-year participants in the event and women’s triple jumper Taylor Walker along with freshman javelin thrower MacKenzie Marze. This is both Walker and Marze’s first time participating in the event.
Marze capped off an impressive season with a strong finish on the first day of competition. She finished 32nd overall in the women’s javelin throw on the first day of competition. Marze threw a 145-3 to earn seventh place in her heat. The event consisted of 48 athletes.
Looking back on Marze’s season, one performance seems to stand out more than others. During the Louisiana Classics back in March, the Lafayette native from Teurlings Catholic School, Marze, posted a third best throw in school history, throwing a 150-11. Marze will look to build on her impressive first season next year as she continues to grow as an athlete and leader for this Ragin Cajuns track team.
On the second day of competition, three other members of the Ragin’ Cajuns Track and Field team battled the rain and looked to earn a spot in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Only the top twelve qualifiers from the NCAA East Preliminaries will qualify to compete in the event in Eugene, Oregon on June 6-9.
Basic was one of two Ragin’ Cajuns athletes competing in the men’s javelin throw. He posted a throw of 204 feet and five inches, earning him 14th out of 48 competitors. Fellow Ragin’ Cajuns Hunter Stelly threw a 192-8 to earn 27th overall.
The final athlete to compete for Louisiana was senior Taylor Walker. She was able to post the second-best mark of her career in her event, the women’s triple jump. She posted 40-7 1/2 to earn a 32nd overall finish.
Although the Ragin’ Cajuns’ track and field season is wrapping up, the athletes and fans alike are turning to next season. The program seems to have a bright future ahead of them with athletes such as MacKenzie Marze on their team. The team will look for their young athletes to step up as the seniors will not be on the team next season, but they will also need some veteran leadership from athletes such as junior Stanley Limoh. The combination of current talent and a new recruiting class should be able to lift this team to new heights next season, and, for many fans, next season cannot come soon enough.