John Curtis junior Devyn Keith ran just under 15 minutes to win the boys three-mile race and St. Joseph’s Academy’s Annie Hill did what she normally does.
The performances of both runners helped highlight 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 to lead the Patriots to the team title. He edged Eric Coston (15:14) of St. Paul’s. Coston, a sophomore, is the defending Class 5A champion. Keith’s time was six seconds off the Highland boys record.
“I really trained hard all summer,” said the 5-foot-11 Keith, who set a PR 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.”
Curtis finished with 37 points. Trey Stewart (16:31) was sixth and Zachary Barthel (16:40) eighth for the Patriots.
Hill won the three-mile girls race in 18:34 for a Redstickers team that also placed first. Hill has not lost a race at Highland.
“I felt strong in the beginning,” Hill said. “I went out a little too fast, but I was pleased. Our team did great. It’s pretty exciting to see where we are as a team.”
SJA won the girls team title with 36 points. Menard (72) was second and Episcopal (105) third.
Freshman Annalane Lee (19:44) was fourth and Sarah LeBlanc (20:18) eighth for SJA.
“It was a good start to the season for us and a lot of the girls are close to their PRs from last year,” SJA coach Mark LaHaye said. “We competed and finished well.”
Catholic High (53) was second in the boys division. Junior Jeffrey Kelley (16:08) placed third and senior Pierce Hill (16:10) was fourth. Miles McLindon was 12th for the Bears.
“It was the opening-season race and they all stepped up,” Catholic coach Pete Boudreaux said. “Jeffrey Kelley is the defending Metro champion and he and Pierce Hill are doing a good job of pushing each other.”
University’s Hank Patrick (16:37) was seventh and Jehovah-Jireh’s Randy Carter Jr. (16:45) 10th on the boys side. Episcopal sophomores Hayley Schwab (19:17) and Alicia Stamey (19:47) were second and fifth, respectively, in the girls race. Schwab sat out last season after transferring from U-High.
WEST FELICIANA CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS: In St. Francisville, the Walker 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.