Creek XC prepares for state meet

With the state cross country meet just over a week away, the Cedar Creek cross country teams ran Thursday at Lincoln Parish Park at the North Louisiana Last Chance Meet.

The event was held following the Class 5A regional meet where Ruston High School won both the boys and the girls meet.

The Lady Cougars won the Last Chance Meet, placing four competitors in the top 10 led by Caroline James who paced the field with a winning time of 19:21. Madison Morris (3rd, 19:47), Taylor Ramsey (4th, 19:55) and Marley Jinks (10th, 21:17) all recorded Top 10 finishes in the event.

In all 13 Lady Cougars recorded personal records (PRs) at the meet, including James, Morris, Ramsey, Jinks, AnnaGrace Lee, Julieanne Ensminger, Faith Johnson, Kenley Brasher, Annie Jones, Mada Kneeland, Lindsey Osafo, Leah Sutherland and Lauren Enterkin.

On the boys’ side, the Cougars finished fifth overall at the meet. Hayes Bridges, Connor Johnson, Anderson Maxwell, Tate Farrar, Waylon Taylor, Eli Black, Cole Morganthall, and Gabe Garcia all had PR’s on the day. 

“I was ecstatic with the performance of our runners,” said head coach Craig Moss. “They trust the process and believe in themselves and each other. They are peaking at the right time. What a day for our teams. They way our runners performed is to be commended. Proud is an understatement.”

Now Creek will turn its focus to the state meet in Natchitoches on Monday, November 15. The boys will race will start at 1 p.m. and girls at 2:30 p.m.

“Our boys will leave everything on the course and will make some noise,” said Moss. “They will definitely shake the overall team finishes up because where the majority of our boys times are. They are competitive with other teams.  I am excited.

“Our girls are legitimate contenders for a podium finish. It’s going to be a fight and a race that I can’t wait to watch.  There are four teams that will contend and if our girls run like I know they can, we will be right in the mix.”   

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