JACKSON — Catholic High and Alexandria’s Holy Savior Menard won the team titles for the second straight year at the Battlefield Cross Country Festival on Saturday at the Port Hudson Historic site.

Menard had the top individual finisher in Mallory Robichaux and finished with 32 points to lead the girls division. Catholic’s Pierce Hill was the individual boys champion as the Bears finished with 41 points.

Hill posted a winning three-mile time of 16 minutes, 20 seconds. University High’s Hank Patrick was second at 16:40, followed by Denham Springs’ Kelton Thomas. Local runners swept the top eight spots. Brother Martin was second with 47 points, followed by St. Michael the Archangel (151), Zachary (178) and Walker (206).

Menard’s Robichaux won the girls three-mile race in 20:06. The Eagles took the top three spots.

Denham Springs’ Amber Ferguson led all local runners with a fourth-place finish, just ahead of Baton Rouge High’s Kennedy Smith.

St. Joseph’s Academy placed second in the girls race with 42 points. University High (122), St. Michael (138) and BRHS (180) completed the top five.


Catholic High, Dutchtown High and St. Joseph’s Academy notched first places at Capital City Swim League meets Saturday at the Crawfish Aquatics pool.

Dutchtown won the boys and girls divisions at the first meet, scoring 469 points on the girls side and 312 on the boys side. St. Joseph’s Academy finished with 652 points while running away from the rest of the girls field in the second meet. Catholic did likewise, scoring 643 in the boys division.

The Dunham School’s Olivia Huffman and Miles Jantzi were the double winners in the first meet. Both won the 200-yard individual medley and 100 freestyle. St. Michael edged Dunham by four points for second place on the girls side. Brusly and Walker were next in the boys division.

There were five double winners in the second meet. Clayton Black (200, 500 freestyles), Jeanne Fredric (200 IM, 100 butterfly) and Caroline Beene (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke) were double winners for St. Joseph’s.

Catholic’s double winners were Connor Futch (200 IM, 100 backstroke) and Brady Grenfell (50 freestyle, 100 butterfly) were Catholic’s double winners. Lutcher and Zachary took second and third respectively in both divisions of the second meet.