Airline sweeps titles in Airline Showdown cross country meet

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Airline swept the team titles in the Airline Showdown at Sundown Cross Country Invitational Thursday in Plain Dealing.

The event was held on a European-style four-lap course with a hay bale jump each lap.

The Airline girls scored 33 points, edging runner-up Choudrant by a point. The boys scored 42 points. West Monroe was second with 57.

Airline freshman Isabelle Shamblin won the individual girls’ title, running the course in 20 minutes, 43 seconds. Marissa Bennett of Choudrant finished second in 21:29.

The Lady Vikings had three of the top four finishers. Maya Randle was third in 22:04 and Bethanie Dunn fourth in 22:12.

Other Airline runners in the scoring were Abby Garza (12th, 23:22) and Emilee Burns (13th, 23:22). Rachel Yarrington was 14th, Anneliese Jones 15th and Shaderrika Edwards 17th.

Kaleb Sahlie led the Airline boys with a third-place finish in 17:58. Nathan Anderson of Choudrant won in 17:29. West Monroe’s Kasey Tinnerello was runner-up in 17:35.

Airline’s Seth Papineau was fourth in 18:01 and Nate Godeaux fifth in 18:05. Other Vikings in the scoring were Clifton Haacker (15th, 18:59) and Mark Mitchell (17th, 19:20).

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com