The StM cross country program traveled northwest to Highland Park in Baton Rouge to participate in the Catholic High Invitational on Oct. 12. This meet is traditionally the largest of the season, with more than 1,000 registered participants. The first significant cool front of the fall season passed through on Friday night; the grass on the course was short, and the ground dry. This set the stage for some fast times and the Saints took advantage of the excellent conditions. Over 90% of the athletes participating achieved either a season or lifetime personal best time for a particular distance.
Middle School Girls (8th grade & below): 2-mile race
The Middle School girls team had its best meet of the season. The team placed 3rd out of 35 teams. There were 244 girls in this race. Sixth grader Juliet Whitaker led the way for the girls. She lowered her 2-mile time to a new personal best of 13:02.28 and placed sixth overall. Eighth grader Kaitlyn Hall was next up for St. Martin’s, finishing 13th with a new personal best time of 13:24.44. Both Juliet and Kaitlyn received t-shirt awards for their efforts. Bellen Davis, Devyn McManus, and Nia Norton ran well and all achieved lifetime personal best times for the 2-mile distance.
Middle School Boys (8th grade & below): 2-mile race
The middle school boys team, short three of its members, finished 7th out of 30 teams. There were 344 participants in this race. Jack Collins was the lead runner for the middle school boys team on Saturday with a time of 12:26.62. Jack Flanagan was our next fastest runner, with a time of 12:29.88. Other scoring members for the Saints were Tristen Bartholomew, Frankie Cusimano, and Tommy Garvey. Also representing St. Martin’s in this race were Mason Bruneau and Carter Rigney. Both boys achieved new lifetime personal best times.
Junior Varsity: 2-mile race
Kaylee Caracci, Maria Cusimano, James Garvey, Harris Huber, Elliot Schmedtje, August Schmedtje, and Samantha Thompson participated in this race. All achieved new lifetime personal best times for the 2-mile distance.
Girls Varsity: 3-mile race
The girls were short-handed this week with only 4 athletes competing at the varsity level, but that did not deter them in their effort to run well. All four ladies achieved new lifetime personal best times for the 3-mile race. There were 299 athletes in this race. Rian McManus led the way for the Saints, covering the course in 19:43.56. Next up was Isabella Bartholomew, with a time of 20:28.59. Also representing StM in this race were Lauren Bone and Katie Williams.
Boys Varsity: 3-mile race
The US boys cross-country team represented itself well in a strong field. There were 43 teams and 332 participants in the race. Due to nagging injuries, the team was short two of its top five runners. That did not hinder the remaining members of the varsity squad. All the boys achieved new lifetime personal best times for the 3-mile distance. Leading the way for St. Martin’s was sophomore Cort Anthony, who covered the 3-mile course in 18:04.22. Next up was freshman Blake Verdigets, with a time of 18:09.50. Also representing StM in this race were Emmanuel Fleischer-Djoleto (18:38.12), Justin Hall, and Daniel Thompson.
The Upper School teams return to action Saturday, Oct. 19 in the Menard Invitational in Alexandria with girls running at 9:00 a.m. and boys at 9:40 a.m.