South Beauregard sixth grader Ashlynn Derouen led the way for all Beauregard and Vernon Parish participants at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association 2011 State Cross Country Meet held at Northwestern State University on Monday.
Derouen finished fifth (21:21.55) in the Class 3A girls race while Leesville’s Maggie Miller (20:49.83) took sixth in the Class 4A girls race for the only two competitors from the area finishing in the top-10 on Monday.
Derouen’s fifth place finish set the pace for the Lady K’s to take fourth in the state in Class 3A with Morgan Dailey adding a 19th place effort while Adelaide Hollier and Katy Chisholm finished 34th and 36th respectively.
South Beauregard cross country head coach Linda Greene said that she was very proud of her teams’ effort.
Miller lead the Lady Cats to a ninth-place finish in the 4A standings with 243 points, just a point behind eighth-place Teurlings Catholic.
DeRidder’s Lindsay DeSantiago improved on her state finish from last season with a 25th place finish in the Class 4A girls race on Monday. DeSantiago took 41st in 2010.
Sam Houston junior Sam Pavlovich improved on her finish last year in Class 4A with a 14th place finish in her first Class 5A state competition with a time of 20:01.22. The Lady Broncos finished 12th in the team standings out of 34 schools in the race.
“It was a good experience for our girls,” said Lady Broncos’ head coach Keith Waddell. “They got a taste of what it’s like to run in a state meet. I thought the girls did a good job and worked hard. We knew 5A was tough in cross country with Dominican and Fontainebleau.”
“She bounced back this year and I thought she gave a solid effort,” said Waddell on Pavlovich’s 14th place finish. “It was the toughest competition she’s faced all year and I thought she did a good job.”
Leesville senior Ryan Well led male competitors with a 29th place effort in Class 4A with a time of 17:52.08 Well improved three spots from his 2010 state finish.
“There were a lot of guys, but I thought I did well for my last race,” said Well on his 29th place finish.
Well was honored for Class 4A All-Academic All-State for a 4.0 GPA in all four years of high school.
“It’s a lot of late nights studying to get the homework done,” Well said on the academic honor. “You have to sacrifice a lot of free time.”
South Beauregard junior Dustin LeDoux led Beauregard Parish boy finishers with a 30th place effort in the Class 3A race with a time of 19:23.66. DeRidder freshman Phillip Jones took 116th out of 195 competitors to lead the Dragons with a time of 20:28.56.
Zach Farque, a senior from Sam Houston, was the top area finisher in Class 5A taking 69th with a time of 17:42.83.
The Broncos finished 32nd out of 41 teams, just two points behind Sulphur in 31st place in the 5A team standings. Christian Darby was the top Sulphur finisher in 153rd place with a time of 19:15.51 in a race that featured 296 competitors.
Loyola Prep freshman Kaitlyn Tanner won the 3A girls championship with a time of 20:22.65 while Jacob Chicola of Buckeye won the 3A boys race with a time of 16:41.29.
St. Thomas More’s Hannah Bourque finished the 4A girls race with a time of 20:04.30 for the title with Trey Bonin of Teurlings Catholic winning the boys 4A title with a time of 15:59.74.
Alexa Durham led Fontainebleau to a state runner-up finish in 5A winning the girls title with a time of 18:42.23. Catholic-Baton Rouge’s Cole Stafford on the 5A boys title with a time of 15:22.75.