Boys outstanding runner

Jeffery Kelley/Catholic, So.

In running, it isn’t about where you start it’s always about how you finish. Jeffrey Kelley proved that throughout the cross country season while leading the Bears to a Metro meet title and a runner-up finish in Class 5A. He posted some of the fastest times run locally at Highland Road Park, including the winning three-mile time of 15 minutes, 29.66 seconds at the Metro meet. Kelley’s Metro meet time was 45 seconds faster than his early-season times posted at the Highland course. He also claimed a first-place finish at the Battlefield Invitational held at the Port Hudson State Historic site and then capped his sophomore season by placing sixth to help lead Catholic at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Class 5A state meet held in Natchitoches, running a time of 15:51.59. This is Kelley’s second All-Metro berth.

Boys team

Trey Capello/Ascension Catholic, Sr.

Finished third at Class 1A state meet and placed 11th at Metro in 16:26.03.

Zach capello/Ascension Catholic, Sr.

Won his third straight 1A individual title and took second in 15:34.91 at Metro.

James Claitor/Catholic, Sr.

Placed fifth at the Metro meet in 16:04.41 and was the Bears No. 5 scorer at state.

alex dunbar/Episcopal, So.

Finished third with a time of 17:04.52 at Class 2A state meet; was 13th at Metro.

Lawrence Elkins/Catholic, Sr.

After placing sixth in 16:10.15 at Metro, he finished 21st at the 5A state meet.

Logan Firnberg/University, Sr.

Finished third with a 16:33.95 time at the Class 3A state meet and was 16th at Metro.

John Paul hardin/Zachary, Fr.

Claimed a ninth-place finish at the Metro for the Broncos with a time of 16:18.91.

pierce hill/Catholic, Jr.

Was the seventh-place Metro finisher in 16:16.88 and took 22nd at the 5A state meet..

pierce hill/Catholic, Jr.

Was the seventh-place Metro finisher in 16:16.88 and took 22nd at the 5A state meet.

Jesse hood/Ascension Catholic, Sr.

Finished second at Class 1A state meet and was fourth overall in 16:03.72 at Metro.

HANK PATRICK/University, Jr.

Was the Class 3A runner-up with a 16:21.93 time and placed third at the Metro meet.

BRYAN sTAMEY/Episcopal, Sr.

Claimed the Class 2A individual title with a time of 16:49.30 and finished 14th at Metro.

Michael Sullivan/West Feliciana, Sr.

Led the Saints by taking seventh at the 3A state meet, and eighth in 16:17.97 at Metro.

David Toups/Catholic, So.

Was the 12th-place finisher at Metro in 16:26.72 and placed 23rd at the 5A state meet.

Ben Vasterling/Dutchtown, So.

Paced the Griffins by placing 10th in 16:25.06 at Metro 45th at the 5A state meet.

Coach of the Year

Claney Duplechin, Episcopal

The fact that Duplechin’s Knights won the Class 2A state title was nothing new. It was Episcopal’s 18th straight state title, which ranks second nationally.

Honorable Mention: Keenan Buie, St. Michael, Jr.; Dean Campbell, Runnels, Fr.; Randy Carter Jr., Jehovah-Jireh, Fr.; Thomas Daigle, Ascension Catholic, eighth-grade; Leo Frilot, Baton Rouge High, Sr.; Will Greer, Dutchtown, Sr.; Ryne Ledet, East Ascension, Sr.; Miles McLindon, Catholic, So.; Ben Murrey, Episcopal, Sr.; Jordan Zeringue, Ascension Catholic, Jr.

Girls outstanding runner

Annie Hill/St. Joseph’s, Fr.

You only get one chance to make a first impression and Hill made the most of hers by bursting onto the high school cross country scene in a dramatic way. She ran the area’s fastest times at Highland Road Park and the state meet. The freshman won every race she entered through Baton Rouge’s Metro meet. Hill managed to run each mile at much the same pace, something few newcomers can do while making the jump from two-mile races in junior high to three-mile high school races. She won the Metro meet title with a time of 18 minutes, 26.66 seconds, finishing 33 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Hill concluded her season by placing fourth at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Class 5A race. She ran a time of 19:02.91 to help the Redstickers finish third in the team competition.

Girls team

Natalie Aguillard/St. Joseph’s, So.

Was the 14th-place finisher in (20:28.31 at the Metro meet and placed 31st in 5A.

Stephanie Breaux/Ascension Catholic, eighth-grade

Claimed the runner-up spot in Class 1A in 20:05.59 and finished fifth at Metro.

Adele Broussard/Episcopal, seventh-grade

Notched a 10th-place finish in Class 2A after placing 11th at Metro in 20:13.18.

Addie Burleigh/Catholic-PC, Sr.

Was the third-place finisher at the Metro meet in 19:18.15 and 20th in Class 1A.

Amber Ferguson/Denham Springs, Jr.

Finished fourth at the Metro meet in 19:20.56 and eighth at Class 5A state meet.

Shelby Granier/St. Joseph’s, Fr.

After placing eighth at the Metro meet in 19:58.47, she finished 26th in Class 5A.

Haley Gregoire/St. Michael, Sr.

Was the Metro meet runner-up with a time of 18:59.75 and took fourth at Class 4A.

Hannah Gregoire/St. Michael, Sr.

Claimed a 13th-place finish at Metro in 20:19.41 and was 15th among 4A runners.

Ellery Hayden/Episcopal, Sr.

Finished 10th at the Metro meet in 20:07.84 and was 12th at Class 2A state meet.

A ndree’ Laville /St. Joseph’s, Sr.

Was the sixth-place Metro finisher in 19:40.56 and took 34th at the 5A state meet.

Annabelle Laville/St. Joseph’s Academy, Jr.

Finished 16th at the Metro meet in 20:36.50 and was 28th at Class 5A state meet.

Sarah LeBlanc/St. Joseph’s, Jr.

Posted an 11th-place finish in 19:59.08 at Class 5A state meet and was 12th at Metro.

Kristen Olinde/Catholic-PC, eighth-grade

Finished third at the 1A state meet for the Hornets and ninth at Metro in 20:06.50.

A licia Stamey /Episcopal, Fr.

Had a seventh-place finish both the Metro and Class 2A state meets for the Knights.

Honorable Mention: Claire Andries, St. Joseph’s Academy, Fr.; Madison Bauder, University, sixth-grade; Sophie Daigle, Ascension Catholic, Fr.; Alexis Falcon, St. Joseph’s Academy, Jr.; Lorelie Gaffney, St. Amant, Fr.; Kaylen Howe, Runnels, eighth-grader; Bailey LeBlanc, Ascension Catholic, Fr.; Laurie Lyon, St. Joseph’s Academy, Jr.; Ellie Pennington, University, seventh-grade; Tara Stuntz, Dutchtown, Fr.; Dynasty Williams, Baker, Sr.

Coach of the Year

Rocky capello/Ascension Catholic

Capello’s ACHS girls squad won its first state title in Class 1A. The ACHS boys team also claimed a crown, giving Capello and the Bulldogs a 1A sweep.

Teams selected by area coaches

Compiled by Chris Chapple