When a student takes a midterm exam, it’s designed to measure what has been learned halfway through an academic course.

Cross country teams set to compete in the Catholic High Invitational will get a different kind of midterm test Saturday at Highland Road Park.

A total of 90 schools and more than 1,400 runners are expected to compete in the annual meet that starts at 8:30 a.m. with an open division race.

Two-mile junior high races for girls (9 a.m.) and boys (9:30 a.m.) set the stage for three-mile varsity races for girls at 10 a.m. and boys at 10:30 a.m.

“We’re halfway through the season and this is when teams start trying to figure out what they need to do for the rest of the year,” Catholic High coach Pete Boudreaux said. “You want to have all your runners in place, get together a plan for how to approach things and see how they (runners) respond.”

The Catholic High Invitational is the last of four major cross country meets held locally at Highland each fall. There also is a Capital City Swim League meet set for Saturday.

Top-ranked St. Paul’s-Covington won’t be attending the Catholic High Invitational, but Boudreaux notes there will be plenty of competition for his team.

Brother Martin, winner of last weekend’s St. Joseph’s Academy Invitational at Highland, and Jesuit help lead the list of New Orleans schools entered. Episcopal is another local team to watch.

Catholic’s Cole Stafford and Episcopal’s Christian Johnson are among the local boys competitors to watch.

Meanwhile, top-ranked St. Joseph’s Academy helps top the list of girls teams entered.

Gabrielle Jennings, of First Baptist Christian-Slidell, and Christian Life Academy’s Anna Katherine Devitt are the top individual competitors entered.


A total of 13 teams are entered in Saturday’s CCSL meet that begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Crawfish Aquatics pool.

Teams expected to compete include Baton Rouge High, Brusly, Catholic, Central, Christian Life, Dutchtown, Parkview Baptist, Redemptorist, Scotlandville, Tara, Walker West Feliciana and University High.