CROSS COUNTRY

Thomas Kelton, Denham Springs

By the numbers: Kelton was the top Baton Rouge area finisher at Saturday’s St. Joseph’s Academy Invitational. He placed third in the three-mile boys race with a time of 15 minutes, 37 seconds on the Highland Road Park course.

WHAT THE NUMBERS MEAN: ANY TIME YOU GO BELOW 15:50 ON THE HIGHLAND COURSE YOU’VE DONE WELL. KELTON IS NOW IN A POSITION TO BE ONE OF THE TOP 5A BOYS COMPETITORS TO WATCH DURING THE FINAL WEEKS OF THE SEASON.

DSHS COACH SARAH BATTY SAID: “THOMAS IS MY RUNNING NERD. IF HE’S NOT RUNNING, HE’S TALKING ABOUT IT OR READING ABOUT IT. HE’S THE KIND OF RUNNER EVERY COACH WANTS TO HAVE. WE CHANGED HIS TRAINING OVER THE SUMMER, AND NOW HE’S SEEING THE BENEFITS OF THAT.”

SWIMMING

Nicholas Lee, Brusly

By the numbers: Lee was a double winner for the Panthers at a Capital City Swim League meet Saturday. He won the 100-yard butterfly in 58.19 seconds, the 100 freestyle in 54.21 and played a key role on relays.

What the numbers mean: The BHS sophomore won back-to-back events, which is not an easy feat. Added success in both the CCSL and on the Division III level at the LHSAA State Meet next month in Sulphur are possibilities on the horizon.

Brusly coach Buzz Hilborn said: “He’s a natural. He shows up at practice every day and works hard. He’s not afraid to train hard and try different things to get better. He’s got the height, the size and the ability. He’s excelling faster than we even thought he would based on the training we’re doing.”