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High school cross country: (updated) Airline boys open season with victory in Tyler, Texas, meet

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The Airline Vikings opened the season by winning the Robert E. Lee Cross Country Classic in Tyler, Texas.

Airline scored 76 points to 89 for runner-up Eustace.

Taejon Morris led Airline with a fourth-place finish. He covered the 5K course in 16 minutes, 14 seconds.

Josh Burns finished seventh in 16:36, Collin Morgan ninth in 16:54 and Steve Damien 19th in 17:32. Isaac Moore was 44th in 18:16, Gabe Cole 51st in 18:29, Ty Castro 87th in 19:27 and Tyler Morgan 92nd in 19:35.

Eva Burley has replaced Mark Hamiter as head coach of the boys and girls teams. The Vikings finished runner-up in Class 5A last season, but they will not have top runner Will Dart this season. Dart, the 2017 District 1-5A champion, has transferred to Loyola College Prep, Burley said.

Airline’s Kaylen Harris finished 17th in the girls division in 21:25.

Elsewhere, Parkway’s Joshua Keeler finished fifth in the C.E. Byrd Cross Country Invitational boys division. He covered the 3-mile course in 18:22. Byrd’s Austin Mikovich won in 16:20.

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Bossier’s Dextrell Parks finished eighth in the C.E. Byrd Cross Country Invitational Saturday.

Bossier’s Dextrell Parks finished eighth in 18:58.

Parkway’s Logan Sanders and Madison Langley were 11th and 13th, respectively, in 20:24 and 20:39. Thomas Waller was 15h in 20:44, Barry Nichols 17th in 20:55 and Fabien Elias 20th in 21:11.

Bossier’s Ka’Mya Smith led the Bossier girls with a 20th-place finish. Mikayla Patterson was 24th, Anzuri Lopez 25th, Marina Ortega 27th and Marlene Tejeda 28th.