Talk about a great way to begin your inaugural season in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
Behind a 1-2-3 finish in the individual standings, the Christ Episcopal School Wildcats easily captured the 2017 LHSAA Class C girls cross country team state championship on Nov. 13 in Natchitoches.
The title for Christ Episcopal is their first ever in any sport.
Finishing with 27 points, the Wildcats easily topped second place Plainview, who finished with 40.
Putting four runners in the top 10, Christ Episcopal swept the podium in the Class C race as eighth-grader Svenya Stoyanoff easily won with a time of 19:54. Her teammate Ivy Hunt, who is in seventh grade, finished second (21:06), followed by another eighth-grader, Alden Sonnier, who finished third (22:04.6).
“It’s cool to be able to do something for the first time in the history of your school,” Stoyanoff said. “I think it finally started to sink in of what we had accomplished when we were on the podium. When I got that state championship medal, it was just the culmination of a lot of hard work.”
Hunt said she was excited to be on the podium with her teammates.
“It was really cool to have only my teammates out there on the podium,” she said. “Of course we were competing against each other, but because we worked so hard and pushed each other we were able to come out with a state championship for our team. It is a great accomplishment.”
Other finishers for Christ Episcopal included Lola Brenholtz (sixth, 23:44), Meaghan Burke (21st, 25:46.2), Kate Tournillon (29th, 26:46.6) and Alyssa Acosta (51st, 31:56.2).