The Big Orange Wave Shows Dominance Saturday at Highland Road Park
DOMINANT would be the word to use when describing the cross country team’s finish on Saturday at Highland Road Park. Dominant was not necessarily the score of 75 points that the Big Orange Wave produced to capture first place as the host team. But, placing six runners in the top twenty and seven in the top twenty-seven made a tremendous statement. The Wave’s point total outdistanced second place St. Paul’s (114) and third place Brother Martin (120). Mandeville, Holy Cross, Live Oak, Ponchatoula, Jesuit, and John Curtis were 5A teams that placed in the top eighteen. There were twenty 5A teams out of forty-five that took part in the Catholic High Invitational. Over 2,000 runners competed last Saturday morning in one of the largest high school cross country meets in the state of Louisiana.
James Lalonde was the first CHS runner to cross the line in 9th place with a time of 16:04. Joseph Ellis was 13th, Collin Hedges came in 16th, Luke Bella finished 18th, and Chris Cuntz placed 19th to round out the top five. On the cusp of the top five for the Wave were Ben Langley in 20th and Joseph Morgan in 27th place. On the Wave finishing in such a tight pack, coach Pete Boudreaux commented…”We may not have a runner that wins the race, but we will pack our guys in and shoot to keep the time gaps from one through seven close. We are truly a Big Orange Wave when you see us on the course.”
In the junior varsity race, an amazing six different runners led the two mile race that was won by Blake Cook in a swift 10:40. The JV Wave had a perfect score of 15 points.
In middle school action, 8th grader Grayson Boudreaux placed 4th in a field of well over 200 runners.
The Big Orange Wave will take a break from competition this Saturday, a perfect time for a respite in the middle of the busy season schedule. The Wave is back in action on Saturday, October 20th, in the Pre-State Meet at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.