Allstate Sugar Bowl to Sponsor Metro Cross Country Championships park
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Cross Country Championships, featuring the boys' and girls' high school cross country teams from the metro-New Orleans area, will be held Saturday (November 8) in New Orleans City Park. The girls' race will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the boys at 11:30 a.m. The starting line for the City Park Cross Country Course is at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Diagonal Drive in the heart of City Park. Admission is free.
All high school varsity boys and girls cross country teams from Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, St. Charles and Plaquemine Parishes have been invited to participate. The meet is not divided by class or school size.
The meet is expected to include many of the top teams in the state, including four defending state champions: St. Paul's (Class 5A Boys), John Curtis (Class 3A Boys), Sacred Heart (Class 3A Girls) and Patrick Taylor (Class B Girls), as well as three state runners-up: Dominican (Class 5A Girls), Country Day (Class 1A Girls) and St. Martin's (Class 1A Boys).
Two third-place teams are also slated to compete: Newman (Class 2A Boys) and Holy Rosary (Class C Boys). Other top teams expected to be in action are Shaw (Class 5A Boys, fourth place), Country Day (Class 1A Boys, fourth place), Newman (Class 2A Girls, fourth place), Brother Martin (Class 5A Boys, fifth place), Mt. Carmel (Class 5A Girls, fifth place) and Fontainebleau (Class 5A Girls, sixth place).
The winning team in each race will be presented with the Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Cross Country Championship trophy. The top twenty finishers in each race will receive an Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Cross Country Championship t-shirt.
A cross country team consists of seven runners per school. The first five runners from each team to finish will determine that team's score. The overall place in the race of each runner determines the number of points that runner scores for his or her team. For example, first place = one point, second place = two points etc. Adding the finish places of a school's first five (out of seven) finishers will determine that school's team score. The team with the lowest score wins the meet.
The mission of the Allstate Sugar Bowl is to sponsor and promote amateur sporting events which will foster revenue and spark economic growth in the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. Through all of its year-round slate of events, the organization has generated over $2 billion of economic impact for the city and the state in the last decade alone.