Caroline James paced Cedar Creek’s girls cross country team to a second-place finish at the 2021 Wallace Martin Invitational Saturday morning at Lincoln Parish Park.
James recorded a PR of 19:53.84 to finish second behind only Ruston High’s Lily Garrett (18:25.43), who paced the Bearcat women to the overall team title.
Creek head coach Craig Moss said the meet is one of the biggest in the state of Louisiana with this year’s event totaling 33 varsity teams on both the boys and girls side.
“It was a special weekend to honor Wallace Martin, and all of his family who were in attendance,” said Moss. “We could not have asked for better weather. The temperature was ideal for running well Saturday morning. Ruston won both the girls and boys meets, and I am proud of their runners and Coach Cochran and will cheering them on the rest of the season.”
In addition to James’ impressive performance for the Lady Cougars, Madison Morris (20:53.94) and Taylor Ramsey (21:12.59) each registered top 20 finishes. Julianne Ensminger (22:05.54) and Marley Jinks (22:08.24) finished 23rd and 24th with Jinks recording a PR.
Ethan McCarthy led the Cougars on Saturday, finishing 25th with a time of 17:55.89. Hayes Bridges (18:36.78/38th), John Abram Earles (18:58.79/44th), Anderson Maxwell (19:25.50/51st) and Connor Johnson (19:31.50/52nd) all scored for the Creek boys with Earles, Maxwell and Johnson recording PRs.
“Our Cedar Creek boys and girls ran very well,” said Moss. “After the Parkway meet, I evaluated our workouts and made some changes, and we are beginning to see positive results. We ran with more confidence and closed much better with the majority of our runners running negative splits for the second half of the race.
“We will continue to tweak the workouts weekly so that our runners will gain the confidence and consistency that I have seen over the past two weeks. I like what I saw this past weekend, but more importantly, I like how they represent themselves and follow the plan. I love their support and love for one another.”
Friday saw the K through 8th grade version of the Wallace Martin Invitational with hundreds of runners competing at Lincoln Parish Park.
“It was an amazing weekend hosting this meet and I was so happy to see so many K-12 racers on Friday and Saturday,” said Moss. “This amazing sport is well represented in our area and seeing all the parents and families support their runners puts a huge smile on my face.”
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