There is no guarantee that the Catholic High Invitational can duplicate the record-setting times recorded last weekend.
But with a total of 773 runners entered in Saturday’s two varsity races, the possibilities should be epic nonetheless.
“I’m not expecting times like that again ... the weather is supposed to be warmer,” Catholic coach Pete Boudreaux said. “What I am expecting are great races. When I look at the teams and individuals who are coming, it’s incredible. I can’t wait for Saturday.”
Races begin at 8:30 a.m. at Highland Road Park with two junior high races. The three-mile varsity races begin at 9:30 a.m. The girls race is first, followed by the boys race.
The Catholic High meet is one of two key events set for Saturday. In Clinton, the Silliman Institute softball team hosts Leake Academy at 2 p.m. with a chance to clinch the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Overall Class 3A title.
Last weekend two competitors, John Curtis’ Devyn Keith and St. Paul’s Eric Coston, shattered the Highland course record to lead a boys field that featured 25 runners who finished the 3-mile race in under 16 minutes. Three girls runners, including champion Claire Crosby of Mandeville, also finished under 18 minutes at the St. Joseph’s Academy Invitational.
Only Crosby is set to return. St. Paul’s, the boys team champion a week ago, is not entered. Keith, who ran the winning time of 14 minutes, 30 seconds, is not entered even though his John Curtis’ team is.
Assumption’s Jacob Daigle and Catholic’s Jeffrey Kelley and Archbishop Rummel Conner Killian are among the boys runners to watch.
St. Joseph’s edged Mandeville to win the girls title a week ago even though Crosby was first and another MHS runner, Olivia Murphy was third. Runner-up Alicia Stamey of Episcopal and Sophie Daigle of Ascension Catholic were the top local runners. The addition of north Louisiana power, Bossier City’s Parkway High, to the mix changes things. Parkway’s Sara Funderburk is another top runner. Boudreaux expects Parkway to contend for both the boys and girls team titles.
Silliman seeks title
The Wildcats (36-5) beat Leake Academy 15-6 in the first game of the best-of-three games series played Thursday night. That game was played at Leake located in Madden, Miss.
Silliman can claim the title with one more win. A victory by Leake would force a decisive third game following Game 2.
Kennedy Carruth gets the start on the mound. Kayla McNabb (.571) and Allie Delee (.467) have the top playoff averages. Callie Venable and Mary Morris have each drive in six runs in the playoffs.