Warriors finish third overall, Knights come in 10th
NATCHITOCHES — With temperatures in the upper 70's and the humidity at 100% it was not the perfect day for distance runner at the AA state Cross Country Championships at NSU. Despite the conditions, great performances were turned in by the Lakeside guys and girls.
After the day was done five runners had earned AA All-State honors by finishing in the top 10 of their respective races. Two of those five runners were named Composite All-Staters as their times were in the top 25 times of all seven classes (C-5A) which ran over the two-day period.
The Warriors placed third in the boys' division with Enrique Soto ended the season with a perfect record of 7-0 as he easily won the AA title with a time of 15:41.
Soto took the lead at the start and stretched it out to a 13 second advantage over runner-up Christian Johnson of Episcopal (B.R.). Soto claimed his fourth state championship as he won the outdoor 3200 the last two years and the indoor 3200 his freshman season.
Soto's time was the third fastest over the seven classes which earned him composite All-state honors for the second straight year.
Senior Zach Levesque closed out an outstanding season with a fourth place finish and a time of 16:24 which earned him All-State honors. Levesqe's time was 15th fastest over the seven classes to make him composite All-state. Junior James Taylor saved his best for last running a personal best of 16:56 to claim All-state honors by finishing eighth.
Junior high state champion Eric Greene was running in 13th place with about 700 meters to go when heat exhaustion forced him out of the race. Senior Austin McGinty finished 35th running 18:37 in his final race. Travis Walker finished 43rd at 19:00. Nic Petty was 71st a 20:25. 126 boys participated in the race.
As a team Lakeside finished third with 87 points behind St. Thomas Aquinas (Hammond) 58) and state champion Episcopal (Baton Rouge) at 37 points. 19 AA teams competed for the title.
Anna Davidson lead the ladies with a fourth place finish and a time of 20:16 which earned her all-state status. Her time was 26th fastest of all classes, just missing composite All-State honors.
Seventh grader Alissa Lander finished fifth with a time of 20:20. Landers who had earned Jr. High all-state honors earlier in the season added high school all-state to her resume. Hannah Shively finished 23rd clocking in at 21:57. Finishing 39th was Heather Shenck at 22:41. 121 ladies participated over the three-mile course.
The third place finish by the boys was the highest finish by Lakeside since 1990 when the then Sible Raiders finished as runner-ups in Class "B" competition. The five all-state honors are the most ever by the Warriors.
Next action for Coach Dan Grantham's runners will be at the Footlocker Nationals in North Carolina in December.