The Big Orange Wave Takes the WIN Yesterday at the LHSAA State Championships
Cross country is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race over a course, typically from three to seven miles long, that includes surfaces of grass that pass through woods and open country, and include hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road. Races can include weather conditions of rain, sleet, snow or hail, and a wide range of temperatures. On Tuesday afternoon at the 5A state championship, the Big Orange Wave saw all that and more. On a day where the temperature gauge read “36 degrees” and the ground resembled a soupy swamp, the runners of Catholic High showed their collective toughness and grit to ignore the conditions. While some of their opponents were concerned with the chill in the air and the muddy course, the Wave had its mind on its signature race strategy of running as a pack and outlasting and outfinishing the other teams in the race.
“It was a great show of guts and determination from our guys. I am so proud of our seniors, James Lalonde and Collin Hedges, for the leadership they showed during their careers, especially the last two seasons”, said coach Pete Boudreaux. The Wave placed its top five runners in the race’s top thirteen and its seven runners in the top twenty-one for a score of 47 points. Brother Martin finished second with 70 points and St. Paul’s was third with 90 points. Lalonde finished his career by finishing second overall in a time of 18:05, well over two minutes slower than his average time in 2018. Chris Cuntz finished 10th overall with Joseph Ellis, Ben Langley, and Owen Simon rounding out the top five for the Wave. Hedges and Zach Morgan rounded out the state championship crew for Catholic High.
The 5A title is the second in a row for CHS and is the 48th state championship captured by a Pete Boudreaux coached team at Catholic High. Boudreaux is assisted by Nick Minvielle. “It is an incredible accomplishment for our gang. It was worth standing them in the cold with wet feet to see them compete and will their way to a state championship. All of the hard work in the summer is a testament to the kids.”
Check out the link on another cross country state championship below courtesy of The Advocate:
Check out the entire team and individual results for Class 5A in the link below courtesy of the LHSAA, Rig River Race Management, and TFMeetPro.com