Big Orange Wave Places First At Christian Brothers Invitational
The Big Orange Wave confirmed their No. 1 ranking in the state cross country poll with a victory in last Saturday’s Christian Brothers Invitational. The Bears trekked down Interstate 12 to Money Hill Golf Course in Abita Springs, scoring 62 points while defeating 5A rival St. Paul’s along the way. Coach Boudreaux’s squad also overcame the heat, which approached 90 degrees near start time.
James Lalonde was the first Bear to hit the tape in a time of 15:59, good for 7th overall. Joseph Ellis was close behind in 9th place in 16:15. Ben Langley (13th), Blake Cook (15th) and Zach Morgan (18th) rounded out the top five for Catholic. Luke Bella was a tick behind Morgan for 19th overall.
The Bears had a perfect score of 15, placing first through fifth in the Open Division with Peter Kelly winning the race in 17:16. Owen Simon, Alex Leonard, Bailey Faulk and Bennett Saia completed the Open Division top five for CHS. Eighth grader Grayson Boudreaux finished third in the Middle School race with a two mile time of 12:01.
“The team stepped up on an unfamiliar course and when a teammate went down,” said Coach Pete Boudreaux. “They stayed the course and did not get discouraged. We still have room to improve and look forward to doing so at the Battlefield Invitational this Saturday.”
The Wave will head to Port Hudson, north of Baton Rouge, for the Battlefield Invitational in week four of the cross country season. The event takes place at the Port Hudson Historic Site, the site of the Civil War battle in July 1863. SportsBR, in conjunction with Zachary High School and the Louisiana Office of State Parks, are the hosts of the Battlefield Cross Country Festival.
The Middle School Boys race kicks off at 9 a.m., Varsity Boys compete at 10:15 a.m., followed by the open race at 10:50 a.m.