Crusaders' Appleton Breaks School Record, Sets Tone For Cross-Country Weekend

IMG_20170909_091400596The Crusader Cross Country team’s Hunter Appleton broke a Brother Martin record Saturday taking three miles in under 15 minutes, and winning the highly competitive Episcopal Round Table Run in Baton Rouge.

Appleton’s win capped a weekend where the entire program, 128 athletes in grades 8-12, raced in two locations under unseasonably pleasant conditions on Saturday. The Crusader Harriers raced hard but also learned a lot about their fitness and how they need to adjust their racing tactics going forward.

The varsity race was the first race of the day where Appleton, a junior,  won the Baton Rouge race with a time of 14:57. Against very good competition, the varsity battled Episcopal (69 points) and Catholic High (71 points) to finish 3rd with 110 points. Filling in the scoring for the team this week was Cade Litolff, Ben Crowley, Tyler Epps, and Jackson Anuszkiewicz. IMG_20170909_085928774

Next up in Baton Rouge was our top junior high runners. These guys debuted their season with gutsy performances to garner a runner-up spot with 78 points against an extremely tough Catholic High team who scored an impressively low score of 21 points. Merritt Pecoraro led the scoring with an 8th-place finish. His teammates, Bryce Davey, Kyle Gleason, Mason Appleton, and Victor Garcia all finished in the top 25 out of 330 runners to bring it in for the Crusaders.

While the JV race wasn’t scored, the Crusaders in this race show the most grit down the finish straightaway of their teammates in other races. Highlighting the results for our team in this race was Sophomore Eric Milligan who finished third in a time of 18:12 in his first ever cross-country race.

BM_CrossCountry_Sept_2017-077Back home in New Orleans, the rest of the cross country program started its season. This group of young men competed in City Park at the Mount Carmel Cub Run. Each of their races was two miles. In the JV race, three guys finished in the top 10 (Adam Ledet – 8th, Julien Cook – 9th, and Austin Adamcewicz – 10th). The JV finished second with 48 points.

Our final highlights come from the newest members of the Crusader Harrier family. Our army of 8th and 9th graders took to the course in their first two-miler of the season. Many of these runners didn’t know what to expect as they challenged themselves to compete for Brother Martin as best as possible.

BM_CrossCountry_Sept_2017-018Pulling together a 3rd place finish, missing out on second place by one point, the young Crusaders set the tone for the rest of the season. Scoring for the team this weekend was Landon Sequeira with the lone top 10 finish (8th) followed by top 20 performances from Evan DeCastro, James Clark, Dylan Rodriguez, Bailey Heidingsfelder, and Mark Delahoussaye. IMG_0810