Warriors take third place at Calvary InvitationalSIBLEY — The Lakeside Warriors have held an annual, invitation-only cross-country meet for over a decade. Talent-wise, this year may be the best ever.
The Warrior Invitational will be held Saturday, October 1st at the Minden Recreation Center, which promises to be a challenging 2.92-mile path winding in and out of the complex, incorporating several difficult hills throughout the trail.
"The Warriors will host the strongest, most competitive field of competitors we have had in our time of hosting this meet," Warrior cross country coach Dan Grantham said. "We have several outstanding teams in attendance, such as 5-A power houses West Monroe and Ruston, and 4-A defending state champs Parkway."
Other competitors are 1-A power Cedar Creek, Loyola College Prep, Mansfield, Logansport, North Desoto, Haughton, Calvary, St Frederick's and the newly formed North Webster, Caddo Middle Magnet, all competing against what may be Lakeside's best boys cross country team ever.
The first race, the junior high division, begins at 8:30 a.m. The varsity girl's competition starts at 9:15 a.m. and will feature some of the top runners in Louisiana. Runners include freshman Hailey Hesterman of Calvary, an outdoor state champion in the 800 and 1600 and top five composite all-state, Alison Ringle of Parkway, a top performer in cross country and track in 4A, and Anna Davidson, and 2A all-state and composite all-state Hannah Shively, both of Lakeside.
The boy's competition will be outstanding as well, comprising talent such as Lakeside's back-to-back state outdoor two mile champion and cross country composite all-state Enrique Soto, Haughton's 4-A individual state champion and composite all-state runner Mitch Landry, Ruston's two-mile outdoor state champion Chase Millen, 5-A medal-winner in the two mile Logan Pierce, and a tremendously talented Parkway squad with most of its talent returning from its championship season.
Parking for the meet will be at the second parking lot on the left and admission will be $3.00
The Warriors' cross country teams took part in the recent Calvary Invitational.
In the junior high girls' race, seventh-grader Alissa Landers took fourth place
"Alissa Landers made a big jump in improvement from her previous race at Choudrant, finishing only 70 yards out of first place over the 1.5 mile course," Grantham said.
In the junior high boys' race, Eric Greene placed first.
"Eric dominated the junior high field with another impressive performance," Grantham said. "He won by 150 yards over the second place competitor from Cope middle school."
In the varsity boys' race, Enrique Soto finished first with a time of 15:23, the #1 time in all of Louisiana.
"Soto took the lead after the first 400 yards and went to on to win by over 200 yards," Grantham said. "Zachary Levesque at 16.37, had another outstanding performance finishing third in a field of approximately 100 athletes."
Travis Walker finished 36th.
In the girls' varsity race, Heather Schenck finished10th (21.44).
"Heather continued her her remarkable improvement, finishing in the top 10 for the second meet in a row," Grantham said. "Heather finishedwith a sprint over the last 300 yards to beat out three competiotrs from Byrd and Parkway."
The varsity boys' team, which had two of their top five runners out with injuries, finished third out of eight teams.
The top five runners for Lakeside include: Nic Petty, Austin McGinty, Travis Walker, Zachary Levesque, and Enrique Soto.
The Warriors travel to Baton Rouge this weekend to compete in the LSU Invitational