Cross Country

Amber Ferguson, Denham Springs

By the numbers: Ferguson was the top local girls finisher at the Battlefield Cross Country Festival on Saturday at the Port Hudson historic site. She placed fourth with a three-mile time of 20 minutes, 32.7 seconds, finishing 26 seconds behind the individual winner.

What the numbers mean: The performance was a solid one on the nontraditional course that consisted of hills, gravel and wooded areas that high school runners typically don’t experience.

Coach Sarah Batty said: “Amber doesn’t look like a runner. Her stride is probably half the size of the some of the other runners, but she makes up for that by going twice as fast. She’s just a bundle of energy who is always working.”


Clayton Black, St. Joseph’s

By the numbers: Black won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 59.06 seconds and came back later to win the 500 freestyle in 5:17.85 to help the Redstickers place first in the girls division during one of two Capital City Swim League meets Saturday.

What the numbers mean: If the times she swam Saturday are any indication, Black will have the chance to swim extremely fast by the time SJA gets to the Capital City Swim League Championships and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Division I state meet.

Coach Rebecca Barber said: “Clayton has always been a very valuable member of our team. I have very high hopes for her this year. She has been very dedicated to her training, and it’s paying off thus far.”