High school cross country: Parkway girls finish fourth in 5A meet

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Parkway finished fourth in the girls’ division in the Class 5A state cross country meet on Nov. 18 at Northwestern State.
It was a tough day for defending individual champ Sara Funderburk, though.
About a half-mile into the race, she developed a severe side cramp, something that had never happened to her in her cross country career.
That prevented her from running at her usual brisk pace and was almost enough to force her to drop out. But just after the two-mile mark the pain eased somewhat and she finished strong.
Funderburk placed 35th out of 263 runners.
Mandeville’s Olivia Murphy, who finished second to Funderburk in the 3,200-meter run in the Class 5A outdoor meet last spring, won.
On Saturday, Funderburk finished 40th out of 261 runners in the Nike Cross Country South Regional in The Woodlands, Texas. The meet featured many of the top runners from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Mississippi.
The state meet was postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday because of the threat of heavy storms, which made the course muddy.
Most of the runners who came onto the track for the final 300 meters had their legs covered in mud.
Celeste Cordova led Parkway with a 12th-place finish, covering the 3-mile course in 20 minutes, 36.23 seconds.
Other Lady Panthers in the scoring were Cassidy Cummings (25th, 21:16.36), Mackenzie Langen (33rd, 21:39.27) and Rylie McConnell (42nd, 21:58.89).
Parkway scored 142 points. Mandeville won with 47 and St. Joseph’s of Baton Rouge was second with 59.
Parkway finished sixth in the boys’ division.
Jacob Hammons led the Panthers with an 18th-place finish in 17:13.25.
Other Panthers in the scoring were Cole Billiot (22nd, 17:16.09), Cameron Rogers (26th, 17:24.61), Tyler Kruithof (65th, 18:14.43) and Andrew Robinson (70th, 18:20.56).
Airline’s Seth Papineau and Kaleb Sahlie finished 20th and 21st, respectively, in 17:14.57 and 17:15.70.
Parkway scored 199 points. Jesuit of New Orleans won with 106. Airline was 12th with 346.
Benton finished ninth in the Class 4A boys’ division and 15th in the girls’ division.
Chandler Burns led the Tigers with a 45th-place finish in 19:11.24. Tayden McGuire was 53rd in 19:37.74.
Megan Rainwater led the Lady Tigers with a 39th-place finish in 23:07.10. Jenna Keys was 45th in 23:21.50.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com