Cabrini Cross Country hosts most competitive relay meet so far with new records set

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NEW ORLEANS – Despite poor weather in the forecast, Cabrini High School’s Cross Country team hosted its third annual Cross Country Invitational Relay Meet with great conditions on Saturday, September 1, 2018. In the most competitive meet thus far, both middle school records were broken and both varsity records had a good scare.

Using a non-traditional cross country format, the 6-mile relay and 3-mile relay involves teammates running a leg of 1.5 miles in a similar manner to a traditional track relay, one after another, on the New Orleans City Park cross country course.

Ava Hartmann and Caitlin Estrada led the Newman girls middle school relay to a close victory over Boyett Junior High, setting the new 3-mile relay record at 21:42. Christian Brothers won in a literal diving finish as Josh Quintana and Luke Regan set the new course record in 19:54

In the varsity girls race, Dominican took the victory, less than 20 seconds off the course record, taking the field in 40:48 for the 6-mile relay. Led by a strong first leg by Kelsey Major, teammates Lizzie Bourg, Molly Alexander and Sophie Dauterive finished the race without looking back.

In what is an annual affair, Belle Chasse tied their course record from last year in the boys 6-mile race, showing promise for the two time defending state champions that maybe the hat trick is coming up. Their time of 33:21 was completed by Isaiah Howell, Kyle Andrews, Brady Palmer and Loudoun Boudreaux on anchor duty. The race wasn’t determined until the final mile where Boudreaux pulled away from the field, taking the victory yet again for the Cardinals.

The cross country season begins on September 1. Due to the Labor Day weekend, there are no scheduled races so Cabrini created one. This is a great way for all of the area runners to prepare for the season in a fun relay meet. This year the meet grew in size considerably, having almost 60 varsity relay squads and almost 50 middle school squads in the mix. Teams traveled from all over the metro area to attend and beyond, including St. Stanislaus from Mississippi as one of the few teams who crossed the state border to compete.

Varsity Boys Team Time
1 Belle Chasse 33:21
2 Mandeville 34:08
3 Curtis 35:04
4 Newman 36:24
5 Carver 36:45
6 Stanislaus 36:46
7 Belle Chasse 36:58
8 Mandeville 37:06
9 Shaw 37:18
10 Hahnville 37:20

Varsity Girls Team Time
1 Dominican 40:48
2 Newman 41:20
3 Mandeville 42:07
4 Mandeville 42:09
5 Cabrini 42:28
6 MCA 42:37
7 Lusher 42:50
8 Mandeville 43:31
9 Dominican 43:34
10 Belle Chasse 43:37

Day of Schedule:
7:00 a.m. – Non-Scored Open 1.5 mile run (for LHSAA/MHSAA athletes only)
7:20 a.m. – Middle School Boys/Girls Combined 3-mile relay (for athletes 8th grade and below from non-LHSAA/MHSAA schools)
7:55 a.m. – Varsity Girls 6-mile relay (for LHSAA/MHSAA athletes only)
8:50 a.m. – Varsity Boys 6-mile relay (for LHSAA/MHSAA athletes only)
9:35 a.m. – Non-Scored Sub Varsity Boys/Girls 3-mile relay (for LHSAA/MHSAA athletes only)
10:15 a.m. – Awards

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