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High school cross country: Parkway, Benton sweep district championships

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Parkway and Benton swept the boys’ and girls’ team titles in the District 1-5A and 1-4A cross country meets, respectively, Monday afternoon.

At South Bossier Park, Parkway scored 26 points in the boys’ division to 40 for runner-up Airline. Byrd finished third with 92.

Parkway scored a near-perfect 16 points in the girls’ division with five of the top-six finishers, including the top four. Airline was runner-up with 57.

Russell Hedges/Press-Tribune Parkway's Sara Funderburk won the District 1-5A girls' cross country championship Monday at South Bossier Park.
Russell Hedges/Press-Tribune
Parkway’s Sara Funderburk won the District 1-5A girls’ cross country championship Monday at South Bossier Park.
At Cypress Lake Park, Benton had the top four runners in the boys’ division and scored 17 points. Caddo Magnet was second with 63.

Benton scored 27 points in the girls’ division to 40 for runner-up Caddo Magnet.
Parkway and Benton also swept the individual titles.

Jacob Hammons took the 1-5A boys’ crown, covering the 3-mile course in 16 minutes, 24 seconds. Airline’s Seth Papineau was runner-up in 16:28.

Parkway’s Cole Billiot was third in 16:34 followed by Airline’s Kaleb Sahlie (16:37) and Byrd’s Allen England (16:38).

Other Parkway runners in the scoring were Cameron Rogers (sixth, 16:45), Tyler Kruithof (seventh, 17:25) and Andrew Robinson (ninth, 17:39).

Parkway’s Sara Funderburk, the defending Class 5A state champ, won the girls’ title in 19:33. She was followed by teammates Celeste Cordova (20:14), Cassidy Cummings (20:42) and Mackenzie Langen (21:00). Captain Shreve’s Samantha Hilburn was fifth (21:22) and Parkway’s Lindsey Hutcheson sixth (21:26).

JT Gaydos won the 1-4A boys’ title in 18:51. He was followed by teammates Chandler Burns, JD Carrier and Taylor King. Ryan Cambell was seventh and Dylan Scott eighth. No times were available.

Jenna Keys won the girls’ title in 23:50. Teammate Meagan Rainwater was the runner-up. Franchesa DelGadillo was fourth and Katherine Parker eighth.

Bossier’s Kiana Ruiz was fifth.

Other Airline boys in the scoring in the 1-5A meet were Nate Godeaux (eighth), Clifton Haacker (11th,) and Xavier Wilson (18th).

Other Airline girls in the scoring were Bethanie Dunn (seventh), Maya Randle (11th), Emilee Burns (12th) and Anneliese Jones (13th).

They didn’t finish in the scoring, but several other Parkway runners fared well. Steven Sarvis was 10th. Brencen Delacruz, Andrew Waxham, Jacob Langen and Keith Billiot finished 12th through 15th, respectively.
Rylie McConnell was eighth in the girls’ division, Carly Hanson 10th, Victoria Morris 14th, Madison Brogan 19th and Keely Reed 20th.

The Class 5A and 4A state meets are next Tuesday at Northwestern State University.

Courtesy Photo/ The Benton Tigers and Lady Tigers pose for a photo after sweeping the District 1-4A cross country championships on Monday at Cypress Lake Park.
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The Benton Tigers and Lady Tigers pose for a photo after sweeping the District 1-4A cross country championships on Monday at Cypress Lake Park.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com