Former CHS athlete selected to all-academic teamMar 1st, 2010 | By admin | Category: Sports
Former Chalmette High state 2007 girls discus champion, Danielle Martin – a current member of the LSU Lady Tiger track and field team – was selected to the Southeastern Conference all-academic indoor track and field team as she pursues a degree in architecture.
In the spring of 2007 as a senior at CHS, Martin was the top ranked girls’ discus thrower in Louisiana. She won the Class 4A state discus throw, established a school record in the event (125-10) and set a girls’ parish record. Martin also set a metro record in the plate toss and won more meets in her event than any other girl in the state in the discus, regardless of class.
At the latest indoor meet, which was held at LSU’s Carl Maddox Center, Martin set a personal best in the weight throw of 50 feet, 1 and a half inches. She will have one remaining indoor meet (Friday, March 5 at LSU) to throw the 20 pound weighted ball.
During the upcoming spring season, Martin will compete in her specialty, the women’s discus, and will add for the first time the hammer throw as a member of the Lady Tiger team.
Competing as a redshirt sophomore, Martin (who is scheduled to graduate in 2012 with a degree in architecture) begins her second outdoor collegiate year by competing at the Louisiana Classics meet at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Saturday, March 10.
Also competing in that meet will be two other former Chalmette High throwers – senior Yvette Schubert of Southeastern Louisiana in the women’s javelin and Britney Ruiz who competes for the host school – UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns in the women’s javelin.
After Hurricane Katrina, Schubert relocated to Walker High School, where she won the Class 5A girls’ state javelin with a school-record toss.
As a four-year letter winner in the girls’ javelin for the Owls, Ruiz was a three-time state competitor in the event, won the district javelin three times and won the regional meet twice. She also set a Catholic League district record (126-8) in the spear toss as a senior last year.
Ruiz stands second in the CHS girls’ javelin (129-7) history behind school record holder and former state champion Candice Caravelle who threw 144-3 to win the state championship in 2004. All four were coached in high school by throws coach Jim “Biggie” Bickford.