“I am proud to say that our Crusader Harriers have done it again!”- Coach Drew Haro ’03
Congratulations to the Crusader cross country team on winning the3-5A region championship on Friday, November 3 at City Park. It was also over a week ago that the Harriers were ‘All- In’ winning the District 9-5A “Catholic League” cross country title for the second consecutive season. They took home the district win with 40 points.
On Friday, the Crusaders knew they had to run harder and faster to keep up their winning streak for their three mile race. The Crusader Harriers were up against similar competition from the district meet a week ago and state qualifying spots were on the line. “The top eight teams in each region and the top 25 individuals go on to qualify for state. Our guys won the meet in an even more convincing fashion this week than the other week,” said Haro.
Hunter Appleton ’19 and Hayden Courregé ’18 continued their 1-2 streak, but on Friday the whole scoring contingent placed in the top ten with a fifth place finish from Cade Litolff ’19, a seventh place finish from Michael Champagne ’19, and a tenth place finish from Tyler Epps ’18 for a low score of 25 points. Jeremy Baier ’18 also finished the race at nineteenth. Appleton finished with a time of 15:27.3 while Courregé finished with a time of 15:49.2. Holy Cross finished behind the Crusaders by a score of 41 points. Additional teams in the top eight were John Curtis (3), Jesuit (4), Shaw (5), Terrebonne (6), Hahnville (7), and John Ehret (8).
The team now has a week to fine tune their strategy heading into the state meet on November 14 in Natchitoches, LA.