Brother Martin and Dominican both won championships at the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Cross Country Meet on Saturday at City Park.
Both the boys and girls competitions were close. Brother Martin scored 59 points, but Jesuit was right behind with 69 points. John Curtis finished third with 80 points and St. Paul’s was fourth with 86 points.
In the girls’ competition, Dominican scored 75 points to lead the pack. Mt. Carmel was second with 77 points and McGehee was third with 105 points.
Eric Coston of St. Paul’s won the boys’ 3-mile course with a time of 15 minutes, 8 seconds. Hayden Courrege’ of Brother Martin finished a distant second with a time of 15:48. Conner Killian of Rummel was third with 15:50.
The racing conditions were difficult at best on Saturday morning with temperatures climbing into the mid-70s and humidity at full capacity.
Coston however, was able to beat the elements and all competitors.
“The sweat was falling in my eyes, so it was really difficult today,” Coston said. ”But I’ve been going to practice every day, warming up right, stretching right, doing everything right, and I did well today.”
In the girls competition, Isabella Hemb of Mt. Carmel won the race with a 3-mile time of 19:34. Paige Fatland of Ben Franklin finished second in 19:41, and Dominican’s Emily Doyle placed third in 19:50.
“My plan for this race was to stick behind the leader until about 800 meters,” Hemb said. “And then I wanted to stick with the pack and move through to get to the finish line. At the beginning, there were two or three people in front of me, and I saw Emily from Dominican, and I just decided to stay with her until the end.”
Devyn Keith of John Curtis ran shoulder to shoulder with Coston for much of the race. He appeared to be slightly injured by the end of the race and finished fifth overall in the boys’ competition, though that could not be confirmed. Keith has posted the top time 3-mile time in the metro area this year.