NATCHITOCHES—Saturday, October 20th, is a day that will go down in Lakeside Cross-Country history.
Coach Dan Grantham sent his Junior High runners to the State Junior High championship in Monroe, while he carried his high school teams to the NSU Pre-State meet which is run on the state course.
On that same day, Enrique Soto went to Baton Rouge to run in the Walker Cross-Country meet which featured the top four runners in the state.
In Baton Rouge the race of the year in men's cross-country took place at the Walker Cross-Country meet where Neal Fitzpatrick of Jesuit (New Orleans), Zachary Albright (St. Paul's), Christian Johnson (Episcopal (Baton Rouge), and Soto battled to be the best in the state.
Over a flat, straight, three-mile course, Soto took the lead at the beginning of the race and never relinquished it. Averaging 4:49 a mile, Soto set a new course and state record of 14:27.
Fitzpatrick finished second at 14:29, Albright was third at 14:34, and Johnson was fourth at 14:57.
Soto's time of 14:27 ranks as the fifth best three-mile time in the nation. Soto also has the leading 3 mile and 5k time in the state.
In Monroe, Arissa Landers won the girl's state Junior High championship. Landers ran a record time of 9:02 over the 1/2 mile course. She has now been all-state Junior High Cross-Country for two years and al-state high school Cross-Country and track.
In the Junior High Boy's division, Cody Robinson finished as state runner-up while teammate, Alex Rables, finished fifth.
At NSU the high school ladies were lead by Heather Schenck who finished 29th in the 152 field. Schenck ran a time of 21:32 over a three-mile course. Anna Davidson finished 67th running a time of 23:36.
The boys were lead by James Taylor who finished 8th out of the 159 runners. Taylor clocked a time of 16:49. Finishing 21st with a time of 17:39 was Freshman Eric Greene.
Zach Levesque, former Lakeside runner, also had a good performance running a 16:41 3 miler at the NSU College meet on Friday.
His 30th place finish helped La. Tech finish runner-up to NSU who were lead by former Haughton star, Mitch Landry, who ran a 14:58 for second place.
The next action for the Lakeside teams will be on Saturday, Oct. 27th, at the Ruston Bearcat Invitational.