The Big Orange Wave Continues To Roll
The Big Orange Wave took its show on the road last Saturday morning away from the friendly confines of Highland Road Park and won the varsity team competition over state power and 5A rival St. Paul’s. The Wave scored a team low 61 points to win the St. Paul’s Invitational held at Money Hill in Abita Springs. The host Wolves were second with 91 points and Brother Martin placed third with 92 points.
Jimmy Lalonde was the first Bear to hit the wire in a time of 16:00, good enough for 4th place. Collin Hedges (16:14) placed 10th; Brian Miller 12th (16:19); Chris Cuntz 17th (16:33) and Joseph Ellis rounded out the team’s top five with a 18th place finish (16:34). The varsity race had 205 competitors.
In the junior high event, CHS tallied 32 points to win the team title. Of the 192 runners, Bailey Faulk (2nd) and Owen Simon (3rd) helped the junior high “thinlies” dominate the race. Zach Morgan, Alex Leonard and Nicholas Raetzsch rounded out the scoring. All five runners ran 11:31 or better. In the JV/Open race, Eli Barbin finished 20th overall.
Coach Pete Boudreaux was proud of his runners after a couple of first place finishes. “We still have some work to do, but we were pleased with the effort. It was a nice run and nice to beat two well-respected 5A programs. The time gap between our first and fifth place runners has narrowed and I am pleased with our improvement.”
The Bears will compete Saturday, September 23, at Port Hudson in the Battlefield Invitational. The first race kicks off at 8:00 a.m. The course is located on the Mississippi River north of Baton Rouge in East Feliciana Parish. The site preserves a portion of the fortifications at Port Hudson, site of the longest siege in American history, during the Civil War from May 23 – July 9, 1863.