Big Orange Wave Grabs A Win In Prep For State
The Big Orange Wave stepped to the plate Saturday morning at Highland Road Park, and captured the Class 5A Region II meet. The Wave qualified for the 5A state championship meet this coming Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. The team scored 43 points and was better than rival St. Paul’s (52) and Mandeville (92). Dutchtown was the closest district rival to the Wave, finishing with 188 points in 8th place.
Collin Hedges, fresh off of a win in last week’s pre-state meet in Natchitoches, placed 3rd. James Lalonde, returning from injury, gutted out a 7th place finish. Sophmore Chris Cuntz, who timed 16:16 for three miles, Ben Langley and Peter Kelly completed the top five. Josh Durnin and Brian Miller completed the top seven for CHS.
Veteran coach Pete Boudreaux and assistant Nick Minvielle have been busy prepping the Wave for their run at another state championship. St. Paul’s, Brother Martin, Jesuit, Holy Cross, Fontainebleau, Parkway and West Monroe are top competitors. “It is always good to win the Regional meet. We are getting healthy at the right time and our young runners are competing with our older runners and closing the gap time-wise,” said Boudreaux. “We did well on the NSU course last weekend and the guys will go compete and race hard.”
Joseph Ellis finished 7th in the Warrior Run three mile contested after the Regional meet. Ellis ran a personal best 16:33. Owen Simon, Bailey Faulk and NIck Raetzsch also ran personal bests in the Warrior Run. The Wave showed its depth by finishing in 5th place in the Warrior Run varsity event.
The 5A state championship meet will be on Tuesday, November 14, at Northwestern State in Natchitoches. The horn sounds at 2:45 p.m. to send the runners off. The course will start behind the soccer stadium, run a mile loop twice, then head toward the track stadium, where the three mile race will end at the finish line.
Best of luck to Coach Boudreaux and the Wave!