Big Orange Wave Finishes Second in the Round Table Run
The Big Orange Wave made huge strides as a program by finishing second in the Round Table Run at Highland Road Park on Saturday, Sept. 9. The Bears scored 71 points, just two points behind host Episcopal. The Bears defeated every 5A team in the Round Table Run: Brother Martin, St. Paul’s, Holy Cross, Live Oak, Dutchtown, Lafayette High, Mandeville, Zachary, Ponchatoula and Denham Springs.
Coach Pete Boudreaux saw a few new faces step up and score for his squad in varsity action on a day where many personal best times were recorded. James Lalonde led the Bears with a time of 15:52, well enough for fifth overall in the boys varsity race. Collin Hedges was right behind Lalonde, finishing tenth with a time of 15:55. Brian Miller (16:04), Chris Cuntz (16:31) and Luke Bella (16:38) rounded out the top five for CHS. Solid runs by Miller, Cuntz and Bella in the future could bolster the team in their scoring efforts down the road.
The junior high turned in one of the more impressive efforts in some time, winning its competition with a score of 21 points, just six points away from a perfect performance. Ben Langley was the first place finisher in the race, stopping the clock at 10:40 for two miles. Teammate Joseph Ellis was the runner-up in 10:48. Peter Kelly finished fifth in 11:08. Bailey Faulk ran sixth (11:18) and Owen Simon completed the scoring for the Bears with a seventh place effort (11:21). A few of the talented freshmen could be forces on the varsity squad in the near future.
Josh Durnin blazed the three mile course in 16:53 in the open event and could be a runner to watch for the boys varsity squad in upcoming meets.
The Wave returns to action in the St. Paul’s Invitational at Money Hill in Abita Springs on Saturday, Sept. 16. The horn blows at 8 a.m. to start the day’s first race.