Cooler temperatures paved the way for some hot competition at St. Michael the Archangel’s Bayou Boogie Classic country meet.
Individual champions Cole Stafford, of Catholic High, and Anna Katherine Devitt, of Christian Life Academy, posted fast times Saturday morning at Highland Road Park.
The team competitions were intense in different ways.
St. Joseph’s Academy won the girls division handily, finishing with a low score of 28 points. The Redstickers placed eight runners in the top 15.
Covington-based St. Paul’s edged Catholic High by two points to take the boys title, winning with 36 points.
“We had a full varsity team and a full junior varsity team,” Devitt said after winning the three-mile girls varsity race. “Those are the two things I’m the most excited about.
“I was just trying to see where I was in terms of training and being ready to race. More than anything else, I was happy to be able to go out and run a race.”
And run a race is exactly what the CLA senior did. Devitt averaged 6 minutes and 18 seconds per mile to finish in 18:53, 21 seconds ahead of the next closest runner.
Mallory Robichaux of Holy Savior Menard-Alexandria took second at 19:14. Kassidy Noto, who finished third in 19:31, led the SJA contingent.
Mary LaHaye (fourth, 20:13), Rebecca Andries (sixth), Elise Richard (eighth), Annabelle Laville (10th), Maggie Miller (12th), Annie Peek (13th) and Sarah Leblanc (15th) were the other leaders for SJA.
Also notable was the fifth-place finish by Baker’s Dynasty Williams (20:21). Menard (65), Newman-New Orleans (93) and host St. Michael (122) were the other top girls team finishers.
“We did well for a first meet,” SJA coach Sam Young said. “Kassidy ran extremely well. I think they’re just happy to be out here running after weeks of practice.”
Stafford dueled with teammate Joseph St. Cyr through most of the three-mile boys race. Stafford, also a senior, took first in 15:44, just two seconds ahead of St. Cyr. Stafford averaged 5:15 per mile.
Kraemer Jackson (15:48) led St. Paul’s by placing third and was just four seconds behind Stafford. The Wolves also had the No. 4 finisher in Zachary Albright (15:57).
“The time is way better than I expected,” Stafford said. “Give the credit to Joe. He was out there pushing me all the way. It’s been so long since we’ve had a meet out there. It was just time to race.”
St. Paul’s placed four runners in the top 10, compared to three for Catholic. When the Wolves were announced as the champions, the runners and their families responded with a small cheer.
Brian Primeaux was sixth for Catholic. Episcopal’s Christian Johnson was fifth (16:04).
“We’re pleased,” St. Paul’s coach Terryl Chatham said. “We came in knowing who are top four guys would be. And today we found out a lot about our No. 6 and No. 7 runners. It was all good.”