The Big Orange Wave turned in one of their best efforts of the season on Saturday Sept. 30, coming up just short in their quest for another team title. However, a few points are not going to deter coach Pete Boudreaux's squad in their quest to get better every week, as the Wave continues to mature as a program. Catholic defeated all 5A programs that competed in the event.
Four of the Wave members turned in course bests at Highland Road Park as the team came in with 50 points in the St. Joseph's Academy Invitational. James Lalonde (15:39) led the Bears with a fourth place finish. Brian Miller (8th), Collin Hedges (10th), Ben Langley (12th) and Chris Cuntz (16th) rounded out the top five. Peter Kelly (19th) and Luke Bella (33rd) completed the top seven for CHS. Lalonde, Langley, Cuntz and Kelly were the four runners that set personal records for Highland.
The junior high squad took the team title in its division with a low score of 29 points. Joseph Ellis stopped the clock at 10:44 for two miles, finishing second overall. Owen Simon (4th), Bailey Faulk (5th), Nick Raetzsch (8th) and Alex Leonard (10th) completed the top five.
Josh Durnin was the individual winner of the varsity/junior varsity open race, hitting the wire in his Highland best of 16:50.
The Bear harriers will get a 8:30 a.m. start on Saturday, Oct. 7, as they will play host to hundreds of runners from around the area and state of Louisiana.