In an epic race between senior Devyn Keith of John Curtis and Eric Coston of St. Paul’s of Covington, Keith prevailed at the finish to win his second straight Episcopal Round Table Run boys title Saturday at Highland Road Park.
Both runners covered the wet three-mile course in under 15 minutes. Keith is the defending Class 3A cross country champion, and Coston won the 5A title in 2013 and was runner-up in 2014. Since John Curtis has moved up to Class 5A, the two could battle for the Class 5A title in November.
Episcopal junior Alicia Stamey also won her second straight Round Table Run girls title and third career race at Highland. Stamey ran a career- best time of 18 minutes, 33.41 seconds.
Keith finished in 14:56.12 and Coston in 14:58.50. It was a Highland best for Coston, but not Keith.
“That was an impressive race,” Catholic coach Pete Boudreaux said. “They dogged each other the entire race.”
Keith won St. Michael’s Bayou Boogie Invitational last week in 15:02.03.
“It was a good time considering it’s the beginning of season,” Keith said. “I just let him lead and stayed with him. The next couple of weeks I’m going to do some major training. I’m looking for something faster since it’s my senior year.”
Coston said his previous best time at Highland was 15:04.
“I would always like to finish first, but I was happy to PR,” Coston said. “Our team ran well (Saturday).”
St. Paul’s won the boys team title with 73 points. Jesuit (88), John Curtis (95), Brother Martin (96) and Episcopal (170) rounded out the top five. Catholic (224) was seventh but five of its top seven runners didn’t compete.
“We ran what we were looking for (Saturday),” St. Paul’s coach Terryl Chatham said. “We’re hoping to improve every week. It should be an exciting and competitive year. Eric Coston has great work ethic. I think he can go faster.”
St. Joseph’s Academy had three of its top runners out, including junior Annie Hill with confirmation activities, but still won the girls title with 58 points. Gabbi Chauvin (19:46.69) finished seventh, Jennifer Bennett (19:55.97) ninth, Lauren Hendry (20:15.62) 13th and Leanne Livingston (20:22.41) 14th for the Redstickers.
“We had two freshmen in our top five today,” SJA coach Mark LaHaye said. “I think the girls stepped up.”
Vandebilt Catholic (118), Menard (126), Dominican (130) and Episcopal (158) rounded out the girls Top 5 teams.
Menard eighth-grader Claire Vaughn (18:46.88) was second for the second straight week. She dropped her time by 34 seconds from last week.
“I thought Alicia Stamey ran a really smart race,” LaHaye said. “She let the girl from Menard do all the work and took the lead in the last mile.”
Episcopal freshman Adele Broussard (19:28.75) was fifth. Dutchtown’s Tara Stuntz was 10th and St. Michael’s Rachel Pendleton 11th.
Brother Martin’s Hayden Courrege’ (15:43.31) was fourth, Baton Rouge Magnet’s Ryan Burrell (15:44.44) fifth, Rummel’s Conner Killian (15:51.97) sixth and Zachary’s John Paul Hardin (15:48.62) eighth. Jesuit’s Carolos Zervigan and Reed Meric were seventh and 10th.