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High school cross country: Parkway boys runner-up, girls third in Class 5A state meet


Parkway finished runner-up in the boys division and third in the girls in the Class 5A cross country state championship meet Tuesday afternoon at Northwestern State.

The Panthers scored 78 points. St. Paul’s of Covington won with 62. Parkway and St. Paul’s were the only teams under 100 points. Airline finished seventh with 194.

The Lady Panthers scored 131 points. St. Joseph’s of Baton Rouge edged Mandeville 40-44 for the title.

Cameron Rogers led the Parkway boys with an eighth-place finish, covering the 3-mile course in 16 minutes, 8.8 seconds. Andrew Robinson was 11th in 16:16.8 and Cole Billiot 15th in 16:26.2.

Other Panthers in the scoring were Tyler Kruithof (23rd, 16:35.8) and David Morgan (24th, 16:36.5).

St. Paul’s Eric Coston won in 15:19.5. Two other St. Paul’s runners finished in the top 10.

Parkway’s finish was its best in Class 5A. The Panthers won the Class 4A state title in 2010 and 2004.

Seth Papineau led Airline with a 26th-place finish in 16:38.9. Taejon Morris was 28th in 16:40.2 and freshman Will Dart 29th in 16:40.7.

Twenty-three teams and 171 runners competed.

Junior Adrianna Wilder led the Parkway girls with a ninth-place finish in 19:42. Lindsey Hutcheson was 13th in 20:12.7.

Other Lady Panthers in the scoring were Carly Hanson (28th, 21:12.5), Jazz Rasouliyan (40th, 21:45.9) and Keely Reed (51st, 22:00.5).

Haughton’s Emily Sharp was 24th in 21:12.5. Bethanie Dunn led Airline, finishing 41st in 21:50.5.

Mandeville freshman Charley Chehardy won in 18:46.1. Mandeville and St. Joseph’s both placed three runners in the top 10.

Twenty-two teams and 165 runners competed.

Benton finished ninth out of 24 teams in the Class 4A boys race. Sophomore Chandler Burns led the Tigers with a 24th-place finish in 17:34.1. John David Carrier was 31st in 17:56.5 and Dylan Scott 37th in 18:08.5.

Bossier’s Kaalas Roots was 36th in 18:08.4.

Key Alfred of Carencro won in 16:06.7. Belle Chasse won the team title, edging St. Michael of Baton Rouge by two points, 90-92. One hundred ninety-one runners finished the race.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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