Head coach Craig Moss and the Cedar Creek cross country teams are set to open another season as the Cougars compete at The Gospel in Choudrant today. Girls race starts at 8 a.m. followed by the boys race.
Both the boys and girls teams will be among the field of runners and Moss said his runners are eager to open the season and showcase their hard work during the off-season.
“It’s been a long, hot summer and these runners have persevered through the grueling heat and now the torrential downpours the past two weeks,” said Moss. “Now they are ready to begin the season.”
The Lady Cougars are the defending Class A state champion runner-ups, and return five of their top seven runners off of last year’s team, including the d. efending state champion in junior Taylor Ramsey.
“Our girls are tough; they are grinders and want to excel,” said Moss. “They know and understand that the competition will be more difficult this year. It makes it exciting for all of us to watch great competitive running.
“St. Frederick (High School) has a great young team returning and will be a strong state contender this year. We will need to be strong from our number 1 runner through our number 7 to contend. Our girls are competitors and believe they will have a strong successful year.”
Ramsey won last fall’s individual state title with a time of 20:17.2 in the three-mile race becoming the fourth different Cedar Creek runner to capture the individual title (Gabe Poulin, Ansley Long, Collin Walker) in the last six years.
Other Creek returners who scored in last year’s state meet include Caroline James and Madison Morris.
On the boys side, Cedar Creek return a strong nucleus from last year’s team that placed fifth in Class A in the state meet.
Moss said he is anxious to see their improvement over the summer.
“Our boys have exceeded expectations this summer,” said Moss. “They have run smart and are practicing better this year. I believe they are ahead of where they were last year at this time.
“It’s going to be a fun year for our boys. They are much more relaxed, not pressing or pressuring themselves with expectations. I am seeing good pack running and expect our boys to perform well as a team this year.”
Moss’ crew returns a number of runners who placed in last year’s state meet, including Ethan McCarthey, Connor Johnson, Anderson Maxwell, Hayes Bridges and John Abram Earle. McCarthey was the Cougars top finisher at the state meet last year placing fifth.
Moss was quick to point out that there is much more to the Creek team then just the results on the courses.
“Our team has worked tirelessly this year,” said Moss. “What they are accomplishing has been rewarding but what I love is seeing the most is their bond, support, and love for one another. Their empathy, integrity, and love for others and each other is what makes me proud. Sports will end but what these runners have will last a life time. It’s an honor to be a part of their life.”
2022 Varsity Schedule
Sept. 3 at Choudrant (@ The Gospel)
Sept. 10 at Parkway (@ South Bossier Complex)
Sept. 17 at ULM Invitational (@ Chennault Park)
Sept. 24 Cedar Creek Invitational (@Lincoln Parish Park)
Oct. 1 at Byrd (Bossier City)
Oct. 9 at ???
Oct. 15 at Watson HS Meet (Clinton, Miss.)
Oct. 27 at North Louisiana XC Championships
Oct. 29 at Mississippi State Meet
Nov. 3 at LHSAA Regional Meet (@ Lincoln Parish Park)
Nov. 14 at LHSAA State Meet (@Northwestern State)
2022 Lady Cougars Roster
Audrey Barron, SO
Kenley Brasher, SR
Julieanna Ensminger, SO
Lauren Enterkin, JR
Caroline James, SO
Annie Jones, SR
Madeline Kneeland, SO
Anna Grace Lee, SR
Catherine McAdams, SO
Madison Morris, 8th
Lindsey Osafo, JR
Taylor Ramsey, JR
Leah Sutherland, JR
2022 Cougar Roster
Tanner Andrews, SO
Hayes Bridges, JR
Myles Carpenter, SO
John Abram Earles, JR
Jack Ensminger, SR
Tate Farrar, SR
Gabe Garcia, SO
Connor Johnson, JR
Anderson Maxwell, JR
Ethan McCarthy, JR
Cole Morganthall, JR
Clayton Towns, SO
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