The annual Catholic High Invitational cross country meet will go on as scheduled Saturday morning as Tropical Storm Nate heads toward Louisiana. The races will begin 15 minutes earlier.

Races now are set to begin at 8:15 a.m. at Highland Road Park with a two-mile middle school girls race. The middle school boys race follows at 8:45 a.m. The two three-mile varsity races start at 9:15 a.m. with the girls race. The varsity boys race follows at 9:45 a.m.

“Our plan is to start a little early and then get everyone in and out as quickly as possible,” Catholic coach Pete Boudreaux said. “We’ve been contacted by some schools who have told us they won’t be able to come because they can’t travel. Others have called to make sure we’re still having it because they’re planning to come.

“We expect some great competition. You’ve got the Academy (St. Joseph’s Academy) and Mandeville on the girls side along with Brother Martin, St. Paul’s, Episcopal and ourselves for the boys.”

Boudreaux said two open races scheduled to follow the varsity races will likely be combined into one. Over 1,400 runners were entered for the meet with each varsity race originally scheduled to include about 350 runners.

Lauren Hendry of St. Joseph’s and Mandeville’s Carlin Beal are among the top girls runners entered. Brother Martin’s Hunter Appleton and Hayden Courrege’ team with Episcopal’s Graham Frazier help lead the list of boys entrants.