Cross country: Benton fares well in middle school state championships; Cope’s Dart second

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Courtesy Photo Benton won the sixth-grade girls' division in the Louisiana Elementary and Junior High Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Ruston.

Benton Middle School won the girls’ title in the sixth-grade division of the Louisiana State Elementary and Junior High Cross Country State Championships on Saturday in Ruston. The Tigers also finished runner-up in the middle school (seventh- and eighth-grade) boys’ division.

Benton finished nine points behind champion Ruston. Cope’s Will Dart, who won the title in the state games in Monroe Oct. 24, finished second in the middle school division.

Courtesy Photo Benton won the girls' sixth-grade division in the Louisiana Elementary and Junior High Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Ruston.
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Benton won the girls’ sixth-grade division in the Louisiana Elementary and Junior High Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Ruston.
Courtesy Photo Benton finished runner-up in the boys' seventh- and eighth-grade division of the Louisiana State Elementary and Junior High Cross Country Championships in Ruston.
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Benton finished runner-up in the boys’ seventh- and eighth-grade division of the Louisiana State Elementary and Junior High Cross Country Championships in Ruston.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com