BENTON FRESHMAN CLAIRE ALLEN WINS THE BORDER DASH ON SEPTEMBER 10
The future is bright for Louisiana high school cross country and the list of names below is evidence of that. Most are sophomores. Some are freshmen. There is only one junior and no seniors on this list to see who will be MileSplit LA's Athlete of the Month.
RUSTON'S PARKER NATIONS - Helped lead the Lady Bearcats to a win in The Opener in Clinton, Mississippi before traveling to Denton, Texas where she finished inside the Top 20, running a 5K PR of 19:20.10.
BENTON'S CLAIRE ALLEN - Opened the season with a competitive effort in San Antonio, Texas before returning to Louisiana and collecting the first win of her high school career at Parkway's Border Dash. Since then, she has continued to improve and looks to close out her first year cross country season with a bang.
COMEAUX'S SYA BOLDEN - Started her season with back-to-back victories at the LCA Knights Cross Country No. 1 and at the Sargent Memorial. At the latter, she ran a personal record 18:55. She wasn't far off that time last Saturday when she finished No. 19 at the St. Joseph's Invitational with a 19:09.35.
CALVARY'S JACKSON BURNEY - How Jackson Burney can play in a varsity football game on Friday night and get up Saturday morning and compete at a high level early on Saturday morning is a bit baffling to us, but that is exactly what he did at the Wallace Marting Cedar Creek Invitational. Burney followed his runner-up performance in his season opener with a Top 5 finish at Byrd's C.E. Byrd October Invitational.
PARKWAY'S ANDREW KENT - Kent started his season with a Top 10 finish at The Opener in Clinton, MS. In that race, he had a 5K PR of 17:04.24. He followed that up by finishing third at Parkway's Border Dash (16:12.70). Last Saturday, he ran even faster, finishing No. 27 at St. Joseph's Invitational with yet another PR of 16:10.14.
RUSTON'S THOMAS ROGERS - Opened his junior year with a runner-up performance at The Opener in Clinton, MS, running a 16:13.61. He followed that with a trip to Denton, Tx., where he finished No. 47 with a time of 16:32.10.