They’ll let the races begin at the East Baton Rouge Metro Cross Country Meet starting at 2 p.m. Monday at Highland Road Park.

Action begins with an open race for high school competitors. The three-mile girls varsity race is set for 2:30 p.m., followed by the boys varsity race at 3 p.m.

Most of the area’s top teams and individuals are scheduled to compete. St. Joseph’s Academy’s Annie Hill and Catholic High’s Jeffrey Kelley were the individual champions last fall.

The Metro Meet is the final tuneup for local runners before the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s state championships Nov. 17-18 in Natchitoches.

Alumni superlatives

Former Walker softball player Taylor Lockwood, Caroline McKey, a former volleyball standout for The Dunham, and ex-Central football player Thomas Eddlemon all garnered major honors in recent days.

Lockwood, a freshman on the LSU softball team, won the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Golden Shoe Award for a high school player based on her senior season.

Last spring Lockwood was 42-for-42 on stolen bases. She also hit .551 with 21 RBIs and a .602 on-base percentage.

Eddlemon of Arkansas-based Hendrix College made the Capital One Academic All-America team for Division III schools in 11 states. The sophomore linebacker has a 4.0 grade-point average with a major in mathematics. He also is second on the Hendrix team with 53 tackles and ranks 12th in the Southern Athletic Association.

McKey of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi., was selected as the Southern Athletic Association’s Player of the Year for volleyball. She has 322 kills and 438 digs for the Majors.

More alumni notes

The Southern Conference’s All-Freshman girls soccer team includes former St. Joseph’s Academy player Rachel Fenner of Wofford. Fenner was a defensive player and also had a goal and an assist.

Former Dutchtown High standout Jodi Hill of Xavier University was selected as the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 27-Nov. 2.

Hill had a .480 hitting percentage while the Gold Rush finished 3-0 to clinch its fourth straight GCAC regular-season title. She had 12 kills in a win over Philander Smith.

Former St. John of Plaquemine softball player Shelbi Strickland received one of the first Babe Ruth/Irby Luquette Endowment Scholarships. Stickland grew up playing in Babe Ruth programs and was a multisport standout at St. John.

Take Down benefit

Live Oak High’s “Take Down Blindness” preseason wrestling event last week raised $1,500 and generated 50 new organ donors.

LOHS’ Mason Middleton (113 pounds), Ean Hill (126), Colt Olinde (120), Brody Bonura (182), Anthony Ingram (220) and Clayton Davis (285) won their respective weight classes. Ten teams participated.

Benefit camp

There are still a few openings in a benefit basketball camp run by former University High coach Ari Fisher. The Nov. 28 camp will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Forest Park.

Boys and girls ages 10 to 13 are eligible to attend. Money raised will be donated to help defray the medical costs for Drew Moscona, the infant son of local radio host Matt Moscona. Contact Fisher at afishe@lsu.edu.

Here and there

Southern Lab is making the most of its first trip to the LHSAA volleyball playoffs since 1999.

The 19th-seeded Kittens beat Crescent City 3-1 in the opening round of the Division V playoffs and travel to No. 3 Sacred Heart-Grand Coteau at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

  • LHSAA assistant executive directors B.J. Guzzardo and Keith Alexander, along with former Donaldsonville and Plaquemine coach C.J. Alexander, took in the Kentwood-Southern Lab game Friday night at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium.

Guzzardo is a former Kentwood coach who led the Kangaroos to the Class 1A title in 1983 with a 14-0 record. His 1981 KHS team was the 1A runner-up to Port Sulphur at the first Prep Classic held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Football player Peyton Flowers of Mississippi-based Loyd Star High died Thursday. Flowers became ill during Loyd Star’s Oct. 31 game. He was hospitalized and treated for a subdural hematoma or brain bleed. One area team, Springfield High, played Loyd Star earlier this season.