The St. Joseph’s Academy cross country team won the second meet of the season, capturing the 40th annual Episcopal Round Table Run on September 8 at Highland Road Park. In a field of 25 complete teams and 233 finishers, SJA scored 33 points in the three-mile varsity race. Rounding out the top three were Menard (93) and Academy of the Sacred Heart of New Orleans (124).
SJA’s top seven varsity finishers were senior Lauren Hendry, 1st place, 18:18; sophomore Sophie Martin, 4th place, 18:57; junior Isabelle Brown, 9th place, 19:29; sophomore Anna Camille Eagleton, 10th place, 19:36; freshman Maddie Kate Gardiner, 12th place, 19:41; sophomore Kate Ritchie, 20th place, 20:16; and sophomore Lydia Poche, 23rd place, 20:34.
Setting early season personal records were freshman Elise Jones, 20:37; freshman Ava Lemoine, 20:48; sophomore Brynn Duggan, 22:10; and freshman Alexis Napoli, 22:38.
“What a tremendous display of toughness by our girls,” said head coach Mark LaHaye. “With all of the rain that the park received on Friday before the meet, the course was an absolutely sloppy, muddy mess. It was quite evident in the performances of all the competitors. But I think the difference for us is that we didn’t let it get to us. With all of the rain we’ve received over the past two weeks, we’ve been practicing in these conditions on a daily basis. Our girls just ignored the poor conditions and powered through it to another dominating win.”
Hendry said practicing in muddy conditions paid off. “We performed well and used the conditions to our advantage,” she said. “We knew what to expect and were ready. Our team is very strong, and I see a very successful season in our future. I am so excited.”
Brown, who finished first in the season’s opening meet last Saturday, said winning the Round Table Run was rewarding. “We had quite a few girls out taking the ACT, so I am very proud of my team members for stepping up to fill their places,” she said. “The course was really muddy, which definitely made it difficult to run a fast race, so I’m thrilled by the number of people who ran great times. I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish next.”
Next up for the Redstickers is the Christian Brothers Invitational at Money Hill Plantation in Abita Springs. The meet will be held September 15, with the varsity race starting at 8:30 a.m.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos courtesy of Tina LaHaye