Jesuit Finishes 2nd; SJA 3rd At Southern Showcase!


The eyes of the running community were on Alabama this morning as several of the top programs in the state made their way to Huntsville, AL for the Southern Showcase.

Jesuit, the defending champion at the Southern Showcase, opened their 2023 season with a runner-up finish as the Blue Jays scored 124 points. Belen Jesuit Prepatory School won the 5K Boys' Championship Divison with score of 73 points.

The Blue Jays were led by Brady Mullen, who finished No. 9 with a time of 15:02. It's the second straight year Mullen has opened the season with a ninth place finish at the Southern Showcase. His season-opening time last season was 15:08.

Jesuit wasn't the only boys' team from Louisiana to make some noise in Huntsville. Brother Martin finished fourth in 38-team field. 

The Crusaders were led by Daniel Falk. Falk finished No. 25 with a time of 15:32.

Other scoring Jesuit runners included Leland Crawford (No. 11, 15:09), Brady Monahan (No. 26, 15:33), Lucas Sampedro (No. 40, 15:40), and Joe Accardo (No. 58, 16:02). 

Brother Martin's No.2-5 included Noah Mooney (No. 31, 15:36), Luke Regan (No. 34, 15:38), Gabriel Metoyer (No. 51, 15:55), Anders Maitrejean (No. 82, 16:16). 

With a star-studded girls' team loaded with season veterans, St. Joseph's Academy finished third with a score of 191. Brentwood High School (TN) won with a score of 66 points.

Once again, the Stickers were led by their No. 1 runner, senior Grace Rennhoff, who finished No. 19 with a time of 18:31. Other scoring SJA runners included Elise Brown (No. 31, 18:59), Hannah Vaughan (No. 44, 19:14), Michelle Daigle (No. 49, 19:19), and Kaitlyn Francise (No. 72, 19:46). 

Last year, St. Joseph's did not have any runners to break 19:00 at the Southern Showcase. Saturday morning, Coach Mark LaHaye's squad had two. 

Parkview Baptist's Lucy Cramer had the fastest time of any La. high school girl at the Southern Showcase. Her 18:18 was good enough for tenth place finish. Cramer's younger sister, Molly Cramer, finished at No. 48 with a time of 19:18. 

C.E. Byrd's Jenna Key opened up here senior year with a strong performance. Key finished No. 30 with a time of 18:55.