High school cross country: (updated) Airline boys open season with victory in Tyler, Texas, meet


The Airline Vikings opened the season by winning the Robert E. Lee Cross Country Classic in Tyler, Texas.

Airline scored 76 points to 89 for runner-up Eustace.

Taejon Morris led Airline with a fourth-place finish. He covered the 5K course in 16 minutes, 14 seconds.

Josh Burns finished seventh in 16:36, Collin Morgan ninth in 16:54 and Steve Damien 19th in 17:32. Isaac Moore was 44th in 18:16, Gabe Cole 51st in 18:29, Ty Castro 87th in 19:27 and Tyler Morgan 92nd in 19:35.

Eva Burley has replaced Mark Hamiter as head coach of the boys and girls teams. The Vikings finished runner-up in Class 5A last season, but they will not have top runner Will Dart this season. Dart, the 2017 District 1-5A champion, has transferred to Loyola College Prep, Burley said.

Airline’s Kaylen Harris finished 17th in the girls division in 21:25.

Elsewhere, Parkway’s Joshua Keeler finished fifth in the C.E. Byrd Cross Country Invitational boys division. He covered the 3-mile course in 18:22. Byrd’s Austin Mikovich won in 16:20.

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Bossier’s Dextrell Parks finished eighth in the C.E. Byrd Cross Country Invitational Saturday.

Bossier’s Dextrell Parks finished eighth in 18:58.

Parkway’s Logan Sanders and Madison Langley were 11th and 13th, respectively, in 20:24 and 20:39. Thomas Waller was 15h in 20:44, Barry Nichols 17th in 20:55 and Fabien Elias 20th in 21:11.

Bossier’s Ka’Mya Smith led the Bossier girls with a 20th-place finish. Mikayla Patterson was 24th, Anzuri Lopez 25th, Marina Ortega 27th and Marlene Tejeda 28th.