BCHS Cross CountryNov 29th, 2010 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: sports
The Lady Cardinals are at it again! With five girls placing in the top 10, the Lady Cardinals of Belle Chasse captured the District 8-4A cross country championship hosted by Vandebilt Catholic High School on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
Led by its only senior, Katerina Morales who placed third, the Lady Cards defeated District rival Vandebilt by two points (31 to 33). It was the second consecutive District championship for the Cardinal girls and their fourth in the last five years. It also marked the first time the Lady Cardinals won on Vandebilt Catholic’s home course.
The Cardinal boys finished second behind Vandebilt at the district meet and were led by third and fourth place finishes by juniors Rhett Orgeron and Aaron Ziegler.
The Lady Cards got a big boost from a Cardinal volleyball sensation, Kelly Corso who was competing in her first meet in nearly a month, placing sixth. Sophomore, Breonne Williams had her best race of the season and placed seventh while a fellow sophomore, Jade Stein, finished in ninth place. Rounding out the top ten was freshman Mariah Butchko.
All runners who placed in the top 10 earned All-District honors.
Two other freshmen, Karsen Smith and Korie Acosta, contributed 12th and 13th place finishes respectively.
“Coach Augie (Bourgeois) told me several times during the last week that I could do well,” said a jubilant Morales. “My last race plus recent workouts gave me confidence that I could be successful.”
As if the lady Cardinals needed any additional motivation, Coach Dusty Harrison informed them that if they won District, she would dye her hair any color the girls chose. Before the district meet, Coach Harrison sported brunette locks. Coach Dusty is now a bubbly blonde.
Besides third and fourth place finishes by Orgeron and Ziegler, the Cards also got a top 10 finish from senior Jace Meyers. Meyers placed ninth leading to his fourth straight time on the All-District team. The Cardinals also got solid performances from Mikey Retana (12th place), Gavin Pappas (14th), Austin Louviere (15th), and Nick Arbourgh (16th).
Ziegler, who normally is the Cardinals number three runner, stepped it up big to be the second highest finisher on the team. “I have never beaten Jace in a race and am usually more than 30 seconds behind Rhett,” explained Ziegler. “Today I was pretty close to Rhett (7 seconds) and I felt great. The more we ran the stronger I felt. This was by far my best race of the year. I can’t wait until State!”
The Cardinals compete in the State Meet in Natchitoches on November 16. Good Luck Cardinals!