The Big Orange Wave is Perfect with a Score of 15
In the sports movie, “Friday Night Lights,” coach Gary Gaines talks to his team about being perfect. Perfect, he says, is not about winning, but about being able to look your teammate in the eye and doing everything that you could. Last Saturday, on the course at Northwestern State University, the members of the Big Orange Wave were able to be perfect, with a score of 15, and win the boys varsity competition by a large margin. Seniors James Lalonde, Collin Hedges, and Owen Simon ran 1-2-3 in the Pre-State Meet which is a pre-cursor to next month’s Class 5A state championship race. CHS placed ten runners in the top twenty-three at NSU.
The top three members of the Wave were separated by one second each with Lalonde winning the race in a time of 16:20. Joseph Ellis was 4th with a time of 16:24 and Blake Cook rounded out the top five with a clocking of 16:26. Daniel Sullivan and Zach Morgan completed the first seven for Catholic.
“It was an awesome performance for our guys as we were able to compete on the same curse that hosts the 5A state championship meet. Anytime you score fifteen points at a meet your guys are doing something right. The times are always a bit slower here in Natchitoches because it is a soft course on what is believed to be a longer race by a least one-hundred yards. We focus on racing as a pack and keeping our time gaps small between one and five.”
Matthew Hubbell captured first place in the JV race that was competed at two miles in a quick 11:02. Bailey Faulk was second, Sean Dunn third, Bennett Saia fourth, and Cody Rickhoff rounded out the JV five for Catholic.
The Wave will take to the course at Highland Road Park on Saturday morning as it attempts to capture the Metro championship back from Episcopal. The race will be the last event for the team in October with Regionals and State on the horizon.