We're breaking down our MileSplit LA team's top 5 subjective rankings ahead of the cross country season on both the girl's and boys' sides! We'll release our full MileSplit LA Rankings after revealing the #1 teams and update them over the course of the cross country season.
No. 4 Mt. Carmel
Louisiana 3 Mile Returning Rankings
LHSAA Class 5A Returning Rankings
Nashia Landry - 1st
Adeleine Berner - 2nd
Elizabeth Traylor - 3rd
Sammi Rogers - 4th
Emma Meneses - 5th
Riley Imbornone - 6th
Teresa Cashen - 7th
Mt. Carmel has a rare opportunity that does not come often. They are returning their top seven runners that ran at the 2020 LHSAA 5A XC State Meet while also finishing with a very respectable 3rd place finish. On top of that, they finished with a total of three runners within the top 20. Mt. Carmel's strength lies with its low-stick Nashia Landry and a partnered group of Elizabeth Traylor and Adeleine Berner for its 2nd and 3rd runners.
Junior Teresa Cashen holds down the 7th position for the team with a personal best of 21:59 for the 3 Mile. The 2020 cross country season was actually Cashen's first year of distance running and she managed to land herself a varsity position on the 3rd best team in 5A. Who knows if Cashen will put-perform herself this year with some more experience under her belt.
Junior Riley Imbornone had what could be considered to be her first true cross country season this past year. She concluded her season with a mark of 20:29 for 3 Miles and held down the 6th position for her team at the state meet. During the track season, she managed to secure a personal best in the 1600m with a time of 5:38, as well as a 9th and 8th place finish at the indoor and outdoor state championships in the 1600m, respectively. For someone who was their team's sixth runner, she managed to make a debut at the championship level.
Junior Emma Meneses mustered a season best of 20:45 for 3 Miles this past season, however, her personal best for the distance is 19:54 from 2019. She was the 5th best finisher for her team at the state meet this past year and closed out the race at 50th place. She went on to the outdoor season to collect personal bests in the 800m with a time of 2:41 and 12:58 for the 3200m.
Junior Sammi Rogers concluded her last cross country season as her team's 4th runner and a 44th place finish at the state meet. This was Roger's first-ever appearance at a state championship and probably not the last. She went on to compete in her first outdoor season and collected personal bests in the 800m and 1600m with a time of 2:41 and 12:58, respectively.
Senior Elizabeth Traylor essentially equaled her personal best in the 3 Mile from 2019 this past cross country season, but showed more consistency in her running near the end of the season in comparison. In 2019, she finished 30th at the state meet, in relation to a strong 18th place finish in 2020. During the indoor track season she placed 10th at the state meet in the 3200m and also collected a personal best of 12:29. She also went on to run 5:43 for the 1600m during the outdoor season. Traylor seems to have performed well this past track season which could bode well for Mt. Carmel in transition to the cross country season.
Sophomore Adeleine Berner finished right in front of her teammate, Elizabeth Traylor at last year's state meet with a 17th place finish. This is a surprisingly superb finish for someone that is just a freshman at the time. Not only that, but that was her first-ever season of cross country competition. Berner concluded her premier season at the state meet with a personal best time of 19:47. On top of that, she was the third-best freshman performer in the 5A field at the state meet. Berner looks to have a bright future in cross country with an already impressive set of finishes for her first year.
Senior Nashia Landry returns as the third-fastest runner in the 5A field and the leader of her team. Last year, Landry finished 5th, and 7th in 2019 at the cross country state meet. This year, she is the third-best returning runner and may stand to snag a podium finish. During the indoor season, she ran a time of 11:58 for the 3200m and eventually finished 6th in the event at the state meet. She also ran a time of 5:28 for the 1600m and finished 6th, as well, at the outdoor state meet. Landry accomplished much this past year, it will be interesting how she may lead her team this year.