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Cross Country ends season on a high note

November 14, 2012
By Preston Curtis of John Curtis Christian High School

The cross country squad finished their season on Monday with a strong effort at the state cross country meet in Natchitoches.  After months of hard work the runners toed the line for one last shot to prove themselves on the cool, windy Monday afternoon and gave the rest of the state the best they had to offer.

The girls team recorded their second top 10 finish in as many years the program has been around but averaged almost three minutes faster than last year.  To lead the team was sixth grader Hannah Ivory who ran the first sub 20 minute three mile in school history for the girls and just missed all-state honors by finishing 12th place.  Hannah had the top time in the state for 6th graders on the day, narrowly beating out a Sacred Heart runner. Holding strong in second was Logan Melancon who placed 43rd with a personal record of 21:35, up four spots from last year.  Daryann Horton was the third runner for the team and moved up 8 spots from last years placing and was the seventh fastest 6th grader for all races combined.  Finishing fourth for the girls was Breeann Martin who, after coming off an injury, still ran a great race in her first state championship ever by placing 62nd.  Jenna Bordelon held the last scoring sport for the girls team with a time of 23:10, an improvement from last year's time at this meet.  Also running for the girls was Ashley Wingerter with a time of 23:51 and Brandi Blanchard with a time of 26:37.

The boys team recorded their highest place in school history with a second place finish.  It was a narrow margin (10 points) over third place and only a 7 second average per runner faster.  Leading the Patriots was Devyn Keith who placed 3rd overall in 2A, 17th composite which is good enough for both 2A All-State and Composite All-State honors.  In second for the Patriots and 13th overall was Austin Brown who improved 24 spots from last year.  Brown was also the 5th fastest freshman in the state meet.  Third for the Patriot was junior Christian Paz who placed 15th, a 57 place improvement from last year.  Matthew Feehan was the fourth place spot for JCCS who also broke the 17 minute barrier.  He improved 9 spots from last years state meet.  Tyler Dugas was the last scoring runner from Curtis and placed 24th, a 36 spot improvement over last years place.  Other runners from Curtis were Zachary Morris who was running his first state championship and Zachary Barthel who was the third fastest 7th grader on the day and improved his place over last year by 21 spots.

Next on the slate for John Curtis is indoor track where the boys team is the defending state champions and the girls team is looking for an improvement on their finish last year.

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