Parkway senior Sara Funderburk won the Catholic Invitational cross country girls’ individual title Saturday in Baton Rouge.
Funderburk, the defending Class 5A state champ, covered the 3-mile Highland Park course in a personal record 17 minutes, 41.50 seconds.
Mandeville’s Olivia Murphy, another one of the state’s top runners, finished second in 17:44.90. St. Joseph’s Annie Hill, last year’s 5A runner-up, was third in 18:00.00.
Parkway finished third out of 40 teams with 102 points. Defending 5A state champion St. Joseph’s won with 52 and 2014 5A runner-up Mandeville was second with 93.
Other Lady Panthers in the scoring were Celeste Cordova (13th, 18:55.30), Cassidy Cummings (19th, 19:28.30), Mackenzie Langen (34th, 20:14.50) and Lindsey Hutcheson (41st, 20:25.20). The field included 291 runners.
Parkway finished fourth out of 52 teams in the boys’ division. The Panthers scored 146 points. Brother Martin, last year’s 5A runner-up, won with 98 and Catholic, third last year in 5A, was second with 101.
Parkway’s Jacob Hammons and Cameron Rogers finished 12th and 13th out of 360 runners in the boys’ division. Hammons ran a 15:48.90 and Rogers ran a 15:50.90. Jeffrey Kelley of Catholic won in 15:02.70.
Other Panthers in the scoring were Cole Billiot (19th, 16:03.40), Andrew Robinson (52nd, 16:36.00) and Brencen Delacruz (58th, 16:41.50).
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com