John Curtis junior Devyn Keith ran just under 15 minutes to win the boys three-mile race, leading his to team the title at St. Michael the Archangel’s Bayou Boogie Classic that opened the cross country season Saturday at Highland Road Park.
Keith, the 2013 Class 3A state individual champion, finished in 14:59 and edged Eric Coston (15:14) of St. Paul’s. Coston, a sophomore, is the defending Class 5A champion. Keith’s time was just six seconds off the Highland boys record.
“I really trained hard all summer,” said the 5-foot-11 Keith, who set a personal best by more than 30 seconds. “Eric ran a fast race too and I stayed with him and kicked it in the last 400 meters. I’m in really good shape.”
Defending 3A champion John Curtis had 37 points. Trey Stewart was sixth and Zachary Barthel eighth for the Patriots. Assumption’s Jacob Daigle (fifth) and St. Paul’s Spencer Albright (ninth) were also top finishers
Catholic High (53) placed second. Junior Jeffrey Kelley (16:08) finished third, senior Pierce Hill (16:10) fourth.
St. Joseph’s Academy sophomore Annie Hill won the girls title in 18:34, also leading her team to a title. SJA won the girls team title with 36 points. Menard (72) was second and Episcopal (105) third.
Episcopal’s Hayley Schwab (19:17) and Alicia Stamey (19:47) were second and fifth.
WEST FELICIANA CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS: In St. Francisville, the Walker High girls and Brother Martin boys claimed team titles. Each runner completed 1.2 miles for his/her team in the event held at West Feliciana Sports Park.
Brother Martin’s team of a Chace Edwards, Jonathan Fry, Myles Cervalo and Mason Williams won in 34:08, just nine seconds off the six-mile course record. The Crusaders also had the second-place team and the sixth-place team.
Layni Leblanc, Lorena Spence, Morgan White and Molly Woods compiled a winning time of 45:28 for Walker in the girls division. Catholic-PC was second and Lafayette High placed third.