Cross country: Benton boys take own meet; Airline finishes high at Menard; Funderburk wins again

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BENTON INVITATIONAL

Benton won the boys’ division in the Benton Invitational cross country meet Saturday at Cypress Lake.

The Tigers scored 34 points to 73 for runner-up Parkway in the five-team meet. Haughton finished fourth.

Parkway’s David Morgan topped parish runners with a third-place finish in 18 minutes, 32 seconds. Huntington’s Samuel Kelly won in 18:13.

Benton’s Chandler Burns and JT Gaydos finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in 19:24 and 19:30.

Other Tigers in the scoring were John David Carrier (7th, 19:46), Reece Yarbrough (8th, 19:51) and Ryan Campbell (10th, 19:53). Haughton’s top runner was Kyle Burns (9th, 19:52).

Loyola won the four-team girls’ division with 47 points. Parkway was runner-up with 74.

Benton’s Jenna Keys was the top parish runner with a third-place finish in 23:37. Teammate Megan Rainwater was fourth in 24:29. Calvary’s Sarah Holt won in 21:55.

Parkway’s Yulissa Noguez was fifth (25:06), Haughton’s Lauren Knight seventh (25:52) and Bossier’s Kiana Ruiz eighth (25:58).

BENTON INVITATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL

Benton won the middle school boys’ division and finished third in the girls’ division. Benton won the sixth-grade boys’ and girls’ divisions.

Cope had three winners. Will Dart and Avery Meeks won the middle school boys’ and girls’ titles, respectively. Clayton Fry won the sixth-grade boys’ title.

MENARD INVITATIONAL

The Airline boys finished second and the girls third in the Menard Invitational in Pineville.

Airline scored 81 points in the boys’ division. Brother Martin, the 2014 5A runner-up, won with 17.

Seth Papineau led Airline runners with a fourth-place finish. He covered the 3-mile course in 15:58.06. Brother Martin’s Hayden Courrege’ won in 15:30.38.

Other Vikings in the scoring were Kaleb Sahlie (11th, 16:37.55), Nate Godeaux (30th, 17:31), Clifton Haacker (35th, 17:41.13) and Mark Mitchell (54th, 18:23.22).

Airline scored 107 points in the girls’ division. St. Thomas More won with 30.

Maya Randle led Airline with a 19th-place finish in 21:06.41. Other Lady Vikings in the scoring were Bethanie Dunn (22nd, 21:15.16), Abby Garza (25th, 21:22.21), Rachel Yarrington (30th, 21:46.16) and Emilee Burns (32nd, 21:46.79).

LAKE HAMILTON INVITATIONAL

Parkway’s Sara Funderburk kept her 2015 unbeaten streak alive with a win in the Lake Hamilton Invitational in Arkansas.

Funderburk, the defending 5A state champ, beat 246 runners, covering the 5K course in 18:39.78. Erin Woodward of Little Rock Christian Academy won in 18:44.02.

Parkway finished runner-up out of 30 teams in the girls’ division with 88 points. Bentonville won with 44.

Other Lady Panthers in the scoring were Celeste Cordova (15th, 20:01.77), Cassidy Cummings (17th, 20:04.86), Mackenzie Langen (31st, 21:20.48) and Rylie McConnell (36th, 21:24.07).

Parkway’s Cole Billiot and Jacob Hammons finished fifth and seventh, respectively, out of 290 runners in the boys’ division in 16:33.94 and 16:42.49.

Other Panthers in the scoring were Cameron Rogers (16th, 17:00.89), Brencen Delacruz (43rd, 17:34.28) and Andrew Robinson (51st, 17:41.15).

Parkway finished third out of 37 teams with 118 points. Lake Hamilton won with 74.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com