The Saint Paul's journey to state begins two days prior, as our team met early Sunday morning for a mass at a local monastery, St Joseph's Abbey. We have done numerous training runs through the overgrown trails of the Abbey, so I found it fitting that we should return here one last time before our final race. After the service, my teammate Michael Burke and I spent a great deal of effort trying to put our art history knowledge to the test and to discern whether the church was of Byzantine or Romanesque styles. After intensive thought, we decided it was a little bit of both. We all then went to Kraemer's house, got in our run for the day, and went home to prepare for the next day's trip.
Coming into this year, team wise, we only lost one major contributor, Brandon Lewis. He was fourth at the state meet last year and left a big spot to fill. Over the season, our team has stepped up and brought their “A” game every single race. We are undefeated two years in a row and I couldn’t imagine running with a greater group of guys.
With 32 girls under 18:00 minutes for the season, the 10 qualifying spots will be up for grabs Saturday in the 34th running of the Foot Locker South Regional meet.
After last year’s scintillating record run of 14:28 by Sean McGorty(Chantilly, Fairfax, VA), it would seem there would be lull before someone could challenge the record again. But, in recent years the hallowed ground of 14:30s is not so sacred anymore and the talent keeps coming in waves. (Photo by Chris Kane)
It was Sunday, the day before state, and I had just finished my last high school cross country practice. I went home right after practice to start getting ready for our state dinner. I’d been going to state dinners since my freshman year, and it was hard to believe it would be my last one. State dinner was always a fun time for the seniors, senior parents, and runners to get together one final time before the end of the season. I left for my teammate Ben Maas’s house for my last dinner.
The State Meet is the most important cross country meet of the year. With this in mind, the days leading up to the state meet were full of nervous excitement. I had ran my best time the week before on my home course at the Metro meet, with a time of 18:19. This PR was just what I needed to get excited and pumped for the state meet approaching in only 6 days.
Winners of the State Photo Competition announced.
Photos and results from Louisiana athletes competing at Nike South.
The 2013 XC season ended this week in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Although some athletes are preparing to make a final trip to national meets such as Nike South (TX) or Footlocker regionals (NC), the majority of runners will begin to make preparations for the Indoor track season. Looking back on Natchitoches, there was many emotional moments for the athletes at the state meet: titles were stolen in final meters, teams found their way to the podium that few expected to be there, streaks were extended, runners hit the wall, while others sprinted to victory in state-wide surprise.
Top 50 composite boy's times from the 2013 State XC Meet.
Top 50 composite girl's times from the 2013 State XC Meet.
Our final rankings for the 2013 XC season are based off of what these teams did at the State Championships, when it really mattered. We went ahead and scored the teams out from first to last and this is what we came up with...
There were lots of upsets at the 2013 LHSAA State Championships! One of the biggest has to be our 5A girl's predicitions. We genuinely thought it was going to be a dog fight between Mandeville and St. Joseph Academy. The outcome? Well, neither of these teams even made the podium. It just goes to show, when it comes to Championship season, all bets are off. When it comes down to it, all the previous rankings are irrevelant in comparison. Our final rankings for the 2013 XC season are based off of what these teams did at the State Championships, when it really mattered. We went ahead and scored the teams out from first to last and this is what we came up with...
Photos of the state champions from this past Monday and Tuesday's state meet.
The 2013 Louisiana State Cross-Country Championships began in Natchitoches yesterday afternoon with the running of the small school classifications (B,C,1A, & 2A).
If you will be traveling to state this coming week and have a camera at your disposal, we will be issuing prizes for best photograph in the following categories: "best struggle face", "fast twitch", and "candid coach." Much like our prediction contest, the winner of each category will be issued an award, in the form of $50 to our newly launched online store. Have your cameras ready, you never know where the winning snap could be lurking in Nachitoches, Louisiana.
Below is a list of team scores and top times from individuals in boys classification 5A. These times are based off of the performances coaches and timing companies have sent in throughout the year. We hope this provides an accurate preview of what the state meet will look like.
Below is a list of team scores and top times from individuals in girls classification 5A. These times are based off of the performances coaches and timing companies have sent in throughout the year. We hope this provides an accurate preview of what the state meet will look like.
Below is a list of team scores and top times from individuals in boys classification 4A. These times are based off of the performances coaches and timing companies have sent in throughout the year. We hope this provides an accurate preview of what the state meet will look like.
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