One of the top pole vaulters in the history of the LSU Lady Tiger program will be vying for the 2014 Miss American crown next September in Atlantic City.
Miss Lafayette, Lacey Sanchez, was crowned 2014 Miss Louisiana Saturday night in Monroe. Sanchez, who turned 24 on June 19, is a 2013 graduate of LSU and holds a bachelor’s degree in English.
Sanchez was an NCAA Championshp Qualifier her senior year and appeared at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. She tied for eighth place in the pole vault for her top career SEC finish in her final apearance at the SEC Indoor Champtionships in 2013.
But she was all glitz and glamour in Monroe last week. She was preliminary lifestyle and fitness swimsuit winner, and her platform is “Designed to Move,” a program using social media to motivate youngsters to exercise and get healthy.
First runnerp-up in the competition was Amy Matherne, Miss Spirit of the Ouachita; second runner-up was Kelly Bernard, Miss Monroe; third runner up was Chelsi Hefner, Miss Heart of Pilot; and rounding out the top five at fourth runner-up, was Tori Thompson, Miss Holiday in Dixie.
Shannon Byrd, Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival, was voted Miss Congeniality by the field of 32 contestants.