Calcasieu Parish’s Cagle Awards have been presented to the area’s top track and field athletes since 1971 and are named for the late Kenneth “Bobby” Cagle, a supporter of track and field and a state legislator and businessman.  St. Louis Catholic’s Ivan Appleton, a sophomore in 2018-19, was the boys’ track winner announced in June.  Here is an excerpt from the Lake Charles American Press on Appleton’s achievements that merited the honor:

After having sitting out his freshman year, Appleton didn’t waste much time making his mark in the distance races in Southwest Louisiana, winning outstanding track honors in his first varsity meet, the Barbe Buc Relays.

Even when the pressure started to mount in the postseason, the underclassman didn’t fold. He won four events (800, 1,600, 3,200, 4×800) at the District 4-3A meet and swept the distance races at the Region II-3A meet.

He saved his best for last with a pair of personal bests to win state 800- and 1,600-meter runs at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 3A meet in May at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track and Field Stadium. He placed fifth in the 800 at the state meet.

His time in the 1,600 (4:32.85) and 3,200 (10:07.71) were the area’s top marks.  He also won the Class 3A state cross country championship.


Appleton and Saints junior Gabriel Meyer competed in the invitation-only Great Southwest Classic at the University of New Mexico in summer 2019.  The meet featured athletes from 20 states – Appleton placed 10th in the 3,200-meter race (10:06.62), and Meyer finished 9th in the javelin throw (165).  Read more from the American Press.