William Carey Sweeps Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival
NEW ORLEANS (September 15, 2018) – William Carey College swept the collegiate division of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival on Saturday morning at New Orleans City Park. The event, which featured over 800 runners, also included races at the high school varsity and junior varsity levels as well as a middle-school run.
The William Carey men had four of the top eight finishers to finish with 27 points. Spring Hill was second with 74 points, while Mobile (89 points), Loyola-New Orleans (92) and Xavier-Louisiana (117) rounded out the top five. Mississippi Valley State (122), Louisiana College (199) and Tougaloo (235) also competed.
The Crusaders from William Carey also won the women’s event as they tallied 55 points to edge Jackson State and Spring Hill, who both finished with 63 points. Mississippi Valley (86) and Xavier (132) were fourth and fifth, respectively. Mobile (147) and Louisiana College (161) rounded out the team results while Loyola and Tougaloo had individual competitors.
The individual winner of the men’s collegiate race was William Carey sophomore Jacob Ploucher who completed the five-kilometer course in 16:17.25 to top freshman teammate Andrew Knott, who posted a time of 16:18.95. Loyola sophomore Walter Ramsey was third in 16:20.87.
For the college women, junior Scolasticah Kemei from Mississippi Valley State won the individual title easily with a time of 18:40.98. Her closest competition, Jackson State sophomore Mercy Chebet, was over 30 seconds behind at 19:12.63. Sasha Solano-McDaniel, a sophomore from Loyola, was the top local finisher with a time of 20:20.12.
At the high school level, Ocean Springs (Miss.) High School was the dominant school, capturing titles at both the boys’ and girls’ level for the varsity and junior varsity races.
Alexander Whyte from Ocean Springs was the boys’ high school winner with a time of 17:28.90 in the 5K race. Isabella Wheeler from Ocean Springs notched a time of 20:49.20 to win the girls’ varsity race.
High School Varsity – Boys
Ocean Springs (18)
De La Salle (148)
John Ehret (183)
Ben Franklin (205)
The Church Academy (280)
Kenner Discovery (285)
High School Varsity – Girls
Ocean Springs (31)
Ben Franklin (77)
John Ehret (157)
South Plaquemines (280)
Junior Varsity – Boys
Ocean Springs (15)
Brother Martin (78)
East St. John (167)
Kenner Discvoery (193)
Junior Varsity – Girls
Ocean Springs (16)
In addition to the Cross Country Festival, the Sugar Bowl will sponsor events in baseball, basketball, bowling, football, golf, lacrosse, regatta (sailing), road racing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field and volleyball, as well as the full slate of state championships for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. The organization also sponsors a pair of national awards, the Manning Award for the top collegiate quarterback in the country and the Eddie Robinson Award for the nation’s top collegiate coach. Other events during the year include the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Jam pre-game party and the sponsorship of the local chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.
All of the bowl’s activities for 2018-19 are expected to generate over $200 million in economic impact for the local and regional economy. Last year’s Sugar Bowl activities brought a $328.13 million-dollar boost to New Orleans and Louisiana. Over the past decade, the Bowl has infused over $2.5 billion into the region.
The Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors nearly 100,000 student-athletes each year.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 93 Hall of Fame players, 49 Hall of Fame coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 84-year history. The 85th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 1, 2019. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors nearly 100,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade.