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High school cross country: Parkway boys fifth in Division I state meet

The Parkway Panthers finished fifth in the Boys’ Division I at the Oschner LHSAA Cross Country State Meet on Monday at Northwestern State.

Parkway, the District 1-5A champion, scored 184 points. Jesuit won with a perfect score of 15. The New Orleans school had the top five.

Brother Martin was second at 63, Ruston third at 92, and Catholic High fourth at 102.

Benton rookie Claire Allen had the best finish of any Bossier Parish racer, placing 16th out of 165 competitors in the Division I girls race.

The competition took place in cool and overcast weather. Allen, the District 1-5A champion, covered the 3-mile course in 19 minutes and 27.6 seconds.

Junior Hannah Vaughn of champion St. Joseph’s won in 18:05.6. Ruston senior Lily Garrett was second in 18:11.4.

Benton finished ninth and Parkway 10th. Twenty-eight teams posted scores.

Sophomore Andrew Kent led the Parkway boys with a 29th-place finish in 16:29.2. The boys’ race had 162 runners.

Senior Jesuit Zach Desroches won in 14:46.0. Sophomore Jesuit Brady Mullen was second in 14:59.2.

Other Parkway boys in the score were runner-up Jesus Cordova (40th, 16:51.7), junior Noah Fox (41st, 16:53.0), rookie Ben Ruliffson (44th, 16:56.0 ) and rookie Charles Ernest (45th, 16:56.8).

Junior Gabe Falting finished 54th in 17:04.2.

Sophomore Dominic Helverson led the Benton Boys with a 35th-place finish in 16:40.4. Freshman Brody Hutchison finished 88th in 17:49.0.

Parkway junior Cheyenne Olson was the second-fastest runner at a Bossier Parish school in the girls’ race. She finished 20th in 19:46.6.

Airline junior Elena Heng finished 34th in 20:19.9. Parkway sophomore Ember Pierce was 39th in 20:35.1.

Benton senior Isabelle Russell was 43rd in 20:46.2.

Benton’s other runners in the score were rookie Dominique Coore (58th, 21:16.5), runner-up Kyla Daux (93rd, 22:32.1) and junior Hallie Hassett (118th, 23:26.3) .

Other Parkway runners in the score were junior Emily Rogers (82nd, 22:02.0), second Lauren Taylor (86th, 22:06.4) and rookie Racquel Rios (106th, 23:00.3).