Lakeview High School standout Dillon Pikes has earned a college scholarship to compete in track and field, and today in Baton Rouge he wraps up his high school career with a good chance to repeat as a state champion.
Pikes is the second-ranked competitor in the 2023 Class 2A boys’ triple jump with his regional championship mark of 42-5 ½. Only Oak Grove’s Brodie Stewart, at 42-10 ½, had a better regional mark among the 10 qualifiers in the event for the LHSAA 2A Outdoor Track and Field Championships at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
Pikes has a personal best of 47-5 in the event, which he won last year at the LHSAA meet. It placed him third nationally.
Pikes, who was a two-way star for the Gators’ football team, has signed a full scholarship to compete in track and field at Pratt Community College in Kansas.
The 18-year-old is a 4.0 student and is an active volunteer in community causes.
He won player of the week honors six times in football, where he played free safety, wide receiver and some quarterback.
As a senior, he broke a Lakeview yardage record and had the long play of the season with a 75-yard kickoff return touchdown.
Pikes also played basketball as a forward on Lakeview’s always strong boys’ team, averaging 14 points per game this season and earning Most Outstanding Player all four years.
In track and field for the Gators, he has starred in the sprints (100, 200) and the jumps, winning district in the 100, long jump and triple jump.
Pikes has competed in AAU track and field during the summer.