St. Amant High School's cross-country team is off to a great start this year.

St. Amant High School’s cross-country team is off to a great start this year.

With a record number of girls and boys on the team, the Gators hope to continue the success of their first two meets.

The Gators ran their first race on Sept. 2, at Peltier Park in Thibodaux at the Dr Richard Morvant Invitational. Despite the muddy conditions, the Gators were able to meet their goals with mileage and times for their first race.

On Sept. 9, the Gators competed in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Loyola University Cross-Country Festival. Several Gators placed in the top 10 of their races, and the boy's junior varsity scored a first-place finish in the team standings.

In the boy's varsity race, Ethan Viso placed ninth with a time of 20:20, a personal record in a 5K race.

In the boy's junior varsity race, Aiden Clouatre (Fr) placed third with a time of 12:59 in his first race as a Gator. Matthew Sapp placed ninth in the same race with a time of 14:37.

In the girl's junior varsity, Kelsey Bourgeois (Fr) took Top Performer honors with a 14:07 finish, and Zanna Boudreaux (Fr) took home a ninth-place finish with a time of 17:01.

Every runner improved their time or their mileage over their last race. In addition, returning runners Alyssa Swindell (Sr), Hayden Bates (Jr), Matthew Savoy (Sr) and Patrick Berthelot (So) achieved personal records for a 5K race.

The Gators' next meet will be the 2017 Battlefield Cross-Country Festival on Sept. 23, at the Port Hudson State Historic Site.