Dominican and St. Paul’s Earn Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Cross Country Championships park
Dominican High School and St. Paul’s School won the girls’ and boys’ titles, respectively, at the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning at City Park. The event was open to all high school varsity cross country teams (boys and girls) from Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, St. Charles and Plaquemine Parishes. The meet was not divided by class or school size.
Dominican collected its third straight championship in the girls’ division as it placed its top five runners in the top 18 to hold off a strong Lusher squad, the defending Louisiana Class 3A champions, by 15 points, 48-63. Mount Carmel was third with 86 points, while Ben Franklin (91) and Cabrini (125) rounded out the top five.
On the boys’ side, St. Paul’s had five of the event’s top seven finishers, including individual champion Eric Coston, to tally 23 points. Defending champion Brother Martin was second with 55 points to edge third-place Jesuit (57 points). Belle Chasse (111) and John Curtis (161) rounded out the top five.
Lusher freshman Carolyn McGuiness was the individual girls’ champion, covering the three-mile course in 19:18.6. Troianna Gause from John Curtis was second at 20:10.7 while Emily Doyle finished third to pace the Dominican squad with a time of 20:17.4. Ben Franklin snagged the fourth and fifth-place slots with Lauren Walker (20:45.5) and Isabel Collins (20:54.2).
Coston, a senior, was very impressive in his victory, posting a time of 14:48.4 to top his winning time from last year’s metro championships by more than 20 seconds. Sophomore Hunter Appleton (15.31.0) and junior Hayden Courregé (15:38.1) from Brother Martin finished second and third, respectively. Jonathan Bertucci (15:55.1) and Patrick Elliott (15:56.3) from St. Paul’s rounded out the top five.
The winning team in each race was presented with the Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Cross Country Championship trophy. The top twenty finishers in each race received 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 equals one point, second place equals 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 its year-round slate of nearly 60 events, the organization has generated over $2.5 billion of economic impact for the city and the state in the last decade alone.