Creek XC boys claim first, girls second

Cedar Creek’s boys and girls cross country teams had an impressive showing at the CE Byrd Invitational Saturday.

By Malcolm Butler

Cedar Creek’s varsity boys claimed the top spot at the CE Byrd Invitational at the South Bossier Sports Complex Saturday morning.

While the Cougars were claiming first on the boys side, the Lady Cougars had an impressive showing of their own, finishing as the runner up to the host Yellow Jackets.

“It was a gorgeous morning and the temperature set up well for running well this morning,” said head coach Craig Moss. “Our runners were excited to run the same course as they ran earlier in the year. I feel it is a great mental course that will help prepare them mentally for our state meet.”

Myles Carpenter Head (17:03.3) and Ethan McCarthy (17:26.2) finished fifth and sixth overall in the individual competition as the Cougars totaled 60 points, besting runner-up Loyola Prep (68 points). Anderson Maxwell (11th/ 18:00.5), John Abram Earle (17th/ 18:38.3) and Connor Johnson (21st/ 18:49.8) all scored for the Cougars in the meet.

“Ethan ran an incredibly smart race, running negative splits, and finished strong,” said Moss. “Anderson ran a PR this morning and is having a tremendous year. I am so happy for him and the time and effort he is putting in. 

“It is great to have John Abram back, healthy and running well. Our boys were solid across the board and had our best overall team composite times for the second week in a row. They packed up run extremely well.  These guys are getting stronger each and every week.”

On the girls side, Caroline James (5th/ 20:29.5), Taylor Ramsey (6th/ 20:31.3) and Madison Morris (8th/ 21:15.8) all recorded Top 10 finishes to pace the Lady Cougars to the second-place team finish. Anna Grace Lee (11th/ 21:58.6) and Catherine Mcadams (13th/ 22:24.9) also scored for Creek, who defeated eight other varsity teams.

“Our girls ran stronger today and it was good to see Caroline rebound and run stronger,” said Moss. “Madison also rebounded nicely as she and Caroline are both rebounding from upper respiratory illnesses.  They are getting stronger and happy for them. I believe they have some great low times ahead of them. 

“Cat also had a tremendous outing, and I am so proud of her. She is getting better every week.  A few of our girls are still suffering from upper respiratory infections so how they performed was outstanding. We also had homecoming this past week, so I know they were a little tired. Leah and Julieanne had their best times of the year, and I am glad to see them running so well.”

Moss also said the Creek middle school girls and boys both finished second this weekend in their respective meets, citing strong performances from Kendal Ramsey (2nd overall), Georgia Dugdale and Kennedy Hall (both top 10 finishes) on the girls side, and Luke Alexander (1st) and closely by teammate Joshua McCarthy (2nd).

Varsity Boys

Cedar Creek                60 points

Loyola Prep                 68 points

Natchitoches Central  100 points

Parkway                      106 points

Choudrant                   109 points

Caddo Magnet            109 points

Captain Shreve            130 points

Huntington                  247 points

Cedar Creek Varsity Boys

Myles Carpenter Head            5th          17:03.3

Ethan McCarthy                      6th          17:26.2

Anderson Maxwell                  11th      18:00.5

John Abram Earle                   17th        18:38.3

Connor Johnson                      21st        18:49.8

Hayes Bridges                         24th        19:21.6

Cole Morganthall                    27th        19:53.6

Tate Farrar                                          20:58.5

Clayton Towns                                    21:19.8

Gabe Garcia                                        21:45.3

Jack Ensminger                                   21:49.5

Tanner Andrews                                 21:55.5

Varsity Girls

Byrd                            19 points

Cedar Creek                43 points

Choudrant                   87 points

Glenbrook                   125 points

Caddo Magnet             127 points

North DeSoto              191 points

Loyola Prep                 191 points

Claiborne Christian     238 points

Natchitoches Central  241 points

North Webster             250 points

 

Cedar Creek Varsity Girls

Caroline James            5th                    20:29.5

Taylor Ramsey            6th                          20:31.3

Madison Morris           8th                          21:15.8

Anna Grace Lee          11th                        21:58.6

Catherine McAdams   13th                        22:24.9

Julianne Ensminger     18th                        23:06.4

Leah Sutherland          20th                        23:22.5

Audrey Barro                                      24:10.3

Madeline Kneeland                            24:21.0

Lauren Enterkin                                  25.32.8

Lindsey Osafo                                    27:18.4


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