Dutchtown sweeps cross country district titles at Walker Shootout

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Justin Guillory passes Dutchtown’s Alex Braud down the home strech of the Walker Shootout for second place in the District 5-5A meet Saturday morning.

WALKER - Dutchtown’s cross country team swept Distict 5-5A titles at the Walker Shootout Saturday morning.

Dutchtown’s Jeff Boudreaux claimed the boys’ district title finishing in 15:56 for first-place and East Ascension’s Marissa Sanchez took the girls’ title crossing in 19:01 for first-place.

“This was our first race where we had our top seven runners all together as a team,” Dutchtown head coach Jason Braud said. “I think we did really well. We have a lot of depth. We have seven good girls. A lot of teams can get seven good guys but it hard from some reason to get seven consistent girls and somehow, we pulled that off this year.

East Ascension’s Justin Guillory passed Dutchtown’s Alex Braud  (16:13) down the stretch to finish in second place at 16:09.

Dutchtown’s Shelby Jones took second finishing in 19:06, while teammate?Emily Rezac was third in 21:15.

“Jeff ran under 16 minutes and that is the fastest anybody has run at our school,” Braud said. “Alex has been out most of the season. He is our top returning guy. I thought he would run slower and he finished just three seconds off the best time at the school ever. His return was probably the most impressive even though Jeff beat him because he has been hurt all season.

“Shelby ran the fastest time any girl has run at Dutchtown, about a minute faster than she has ever run.”

Dutchtown finished with 25 points for the boys’ title as East Ascension came in second with 46. St. Amant was third with 61 points ahead of Hahnville’s 98 and East St. John’s 121.

Dutchtown won the girls’ title with 26 points ahead of East Ascension’s 50. Hahnville was third with 75 points, while East St. John took fourth with 102.

“We did well,”?East Ascension head coach Robert Lanclos said. “All my guys ran their fastest time, expect one of them that just came back from an injury. We have alot of freshmen on the varsity team working real hard. They have improved as a team and we are only going to get better.

“It is a flat course and this helps them get thier confidence up. We knew (Dutchtown) had a strong team and we went out to get them.

“(Sanchez) had a phenomemal time. She ran a real strong race. I knew she could do it. She just had to be pushed. She is only a freshmen.”

East St. John’s Baishawn Pratt placed third on the boys’ side in 16:19 ahead of Dutchtown’s Casey Green (16:31) and Shaquille Brown (16:50).

St. Amant’s top performer was Nick Morris who placed seventh in 16:55.

“Two of our top three were out today,” St. Amant head coach Aaron Smith said. “We finished better than I was expecting.

“Dutchtown and EA have strong teams with a lot of depth. They have had programs for a lot longer. This is the second year we have had a program so we are trying to compete with them. We have seven guys and they have 16 or 17.”

East Ascension’s Chelsea Griggs placed fourth in 21:59 ahead of Dutchtown’s trio of Samanthan Faulkner (22:27), April Tasker (22:44)?and Kayla Cobb (23:09), who placed sixth through eigth.

East Ascension’s Garrett Tregre (17:24) and Daniel Espinoza (17:26) finished eighth and ninth ahead of Dutchtown’s Chris Thompson (17:32)?and Blake Dowdy (17:45).

St. Amant’s Bruce Mathison finished in 17:46 for 12th place ahead of East Ascension’s Dillon Truax (17:47) and Nathan Gibbs (17:53).

Dutchtown’s Simone DeJean took 10th place on the girls’ side in 23:20 ahead of East Ascension’s Annie Shocket who finished in 23:26 and teammate Courtney Ryan who crossed in 23:28.

East Ascension’s Amanda Gibbs placed 14th in 24:17, while St. Amant’s first to cross was Holly Attuso in 25:06 for 16th place ahead of teammates Sarah Parent (25:18) and Sarah Tassin (25:21) who took 18th and 19th place.

East Ascension’s Davis Normand placed 17th in 18:17 ahead of St.?Amant’s Chase Keller who crossed in 18:34 and teammate Cortland Giardi  who finished in 18:36.

Dutchtown’s Mitch Spletto placed 22nd in 18:55, while St. Amant’s Stephen Buckner was 25 in 19:35 ahead of teammate John Petty’s (19:42) 27th place finish.

East Ascension’s Angela Authement finished 20th in 25:45 ahead of teammate Sarah Cornjo’s (29:29) 23rd place finish.

St. Amant’s Jordy Allen placed 30th in 20:21 ahead of teammate Michael Farrior who took 35th in 23:49.

Catholic won the overall boys’ meet with 50 points ahead of Walker’s 83 and St. Paul’s 90 as Dutchtown placed fifth with 178 points.

Catholic had three boys finish in the top 10 including winner Phillip Primeaux, who finished in 15:07. Boudreaux’s time placed 13th overall.

St. Scholastica Academy won the girls overall title in a tie breaker with Lafayette as both finished with 63 points ahead of Mt. Carmel Academy’s 98. Dutchtown placed 12th overall with 282 points ahead of East Ascension’s 13th place performance with 386 points.

St. Scholastica’s Angela LaBorde finished first in 17:41, while Sanchez’s time was good for ninth place and Jones’ was 10th.

Dutchtown’s Emily Rezac crosses the finish lin in 21:15 at the Walker Shootout Saturday morning.