Mid-term exams are often spaced out over several days. High school cross country’s version spans two weekends and starts with the St. Joseph’s Academy Invitational on Saturday.

Many of Louisiana’s top teams and individuals are scheduled to mark the halfway point of their seasons by competing either this Saturday at Highland Road Park or on Oct. 10 at the Catholic High Invitational.

“The boys race should be awesome because you have St. Paul’s, Brother Martin, Catholic, John Curtis Episcopal and Rummel, along with the top individuals they have,” SJA coach Mark Lahaye said. “We’re excited about the fact that Mandeville is coming, They’ve got three of the top (girls) runners in the state. Then you have us, Vandebilt Catholic, St. Michael, Episcopal and St. Thomas Aquinas.”

The SJA Invitational and two Capital City Swim League meets are the top weekend events.

Races begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with the two-mile junior high girls race. Varsity action begins at 9:30 a.m. with the girls race, followed by the boys race at 10 a.m. Both varsity races are three miles.

More than 300 runners are registered for each race. But it’s not just quantity, there’s quality too.

Devyn Keith of Curtis and St. Paul’s Eric Coston and Fontainebleau’s Adam Wise are among the runners to watch along with Catholic’s Jeffrey Kelley and Assumption’s Jacob Daigle.

Mandeville’s Claire Crosby and Olivia Murphy help lead the girls field that also includes SJA’s Annie Hill, Episcopal’s Alicia Stamey, Vandebilt Catholic’s Alexa Breaux and Mount Carmel’s Isabella Hemb.

Swimming

Two Capital City Swim League meets are set for the Crawfish Aquatics pool.

Events begin at 8 a.m. Saturday for the first meet that features St. Joseph’s Academy, Brusly, Lutcher, Parkview Baptist and St. Amant.

The second meet set for 12:30 p.m. includes Dunham, Lee, Plaquemine, St. James, St. Thomas Aquinas, West Feliciana, Christian Life, Episcopal, Scotlandville, University and Zachary.