Taking the lead in cross country, the Crusader Harriers had just captured both district and regional titles. On Tuesday, the Harriers traveled to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA for the 2017 LHSAA State Cross Country Championship. In the regional meet, the top eight competitors consisting of John Curtis, Jesuit, Shaw, Terrebonne, Hahnville, and John Ehret qualified for state along with the Crusaders. Harriers Hunter Appleton, Jeremy Baier, Michael Champagne, Hayden Courregé, Tyler Epps, Cade Litolff, and Ethan Dupas qualified for state and were ready to take on competitors. In the end, the Crusader team finished the season in third place with 125 points behind Airline (105) and Catholic High (77), but ahead of Holy Cross (131) and Jesuit (139).
Courregé led the Crusader pack as state runner-up. In his four years at Brother Martin, he has never finished outside of the top five in the state cross country meet which is a remarkable feat for any runner in Brother Martin cross country history. On his experiences this year he stated that “running has meant more to me than just competing on Saturdays. I have made life long bonds with my teammates, and without them, the experience I have had would not be possible. I am truly going to miss the program and all the wonderful people that surround and make cross country what it is. The state meet is always competitive and nothing is given to you. Any team can win on any given day, and this, we were not that team. But after four years of running in the state meet, I still would not rather line up with any team and I am proud to be a Crusader.” Hunter Appleton ’19, school record holder, followed close behind to claim third place. Finishing the scoring for the team were Tyler Epps ’18, Michael Champagne ’19, and Jeremy Baier ’18.
In conclusion, Coach Drew Haro ’03 commented, “the team appreciates all of the support received throughout the season and we look forward to building on this finish in the years to come!”2017 LHSAA Results