Christian Knox

Knox

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Christian Mallett

Mallett

When Christian Knox got to Louisiana last summer, he knew he wanted to try his hand -- and legs -- in a couple of different sports at his new high school.

Little did the transfer from Lebanon, Ind., know that he would blossom into one of the key runners for the Denham Springs High boys cross country team.

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Justin Peters head shot

Peters 

The Yellow Jackets qualified for the Class 5A State Cross Country Championship as a team, which takes place Tuesday at Northwestern State in Natchitoches. The 3-mile course winds up at the Walter P. Ledet Track Complex.

Denham’s boys join the Live Oak girls and boys teams as well as Walker standout Kaye-Loni Bowden. Albany’s duo of Jason Penton and Austin Hampton represent the parish in Class 3A.

For the Jackets to get to state as a team required a strong supporting class to Christian Mallett and Knox was the frontrunner in providing that, especially later in the season.

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Nic Broderick

Broderick

Among DSHS runners, Knox ran second to Mallett at the Livingston Parish meet and was fourth overall behind Live Oak’s duo of Nic Broderick and Justin Peters. Then at the Region 2-5A meet a few weeks back, Knox turned in a 17th-place finish in 16:42.3 behind Mallett (5th place), Peters (6th) and Broderick (16th).

“It’s been a really tough journey to try to catch (Mallett and Peters) because they are such good runners,” said Knox, who will also be on the DSHS basketball varsity. “It’s taken most of season just to get near those guys, but that has pushed me to get faster.”

Just part of the adjustment.

At his high school in Indiana, Knox ran cross country but stepped away from basketball for a season – still focusing on the sport in his free time.

With a fresh start after his mother’s pursuit of a PhD in music brought the family to Louisiana, Knox decided to give both sports another shot.  

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Claudia Henry head shot

Henry

“The athletic changes have been very significant for me,” he said. “Cross country is different because I’ve gotten a chance to be more of a leader on this team. In basketball, the athleticism is much better and that’s pushing me, too.”

The crossover from one season to the next figures to be beneficial as well.

“The conditioning absolutely helps,” Knox said. “Basketball guys are fast but endurance-wise this is really going to help me.”

Besides Knox, DSHS has also gotten key contributions from Abren Prestige (5th at the parish meet, 29th at regional) and Caley Freyder (15th parish, 55th regional).

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Kaye-Loni Bowden head shot

Bowden 

Live Oak’s boys are at state for the second year in a row because of depth. Besides Peters and Broderick – who have pushed each other all season – the Eagles placed three other runs in the top 10 at the parish meet (Garrett Ferris, Blake Shubert, Parker Gierig).

Claudia Henry leads the Live Oak girls, who are also making a second state appearance in a row. She placed 10th at the regional meet in 19:35.3, followed by Ryle Angelle (20th), Alaina Griffin (29th) and Kelsey Case (30th).

Bowden finished the year on a high note. She placed 4th at the St. Thomas Aquinas Rollette Invitational, won the parish meet and was 14th at the regional competition.

2017 LHSAA State Cross Country Championship

Parish qualifiers

Denham Springs High (boys team qualified) -- Christian Mallett, Christian Knox, Abren Prestige, Caleb Freyder, Aidan Calhoun, Matthew Fuentes, Carl McLin

Walker -- Kaye-Loni Bowden

Live Oak (girls and boys teams qualified) -- Claudia Henry, Kelsey Case, Madeline Stewart, Kaitlyn Hall, Kayce Robinson, Alaina Griffin, Rylie Angelle, Justin Peters, Nic Broderick, Blake Schubert, John Wells, Nate Muralles, Parker Giering, Garrett Ferris

Albany -- Jason Penton, Austin Hampton

Holden tandem paces parish small schools

NATCHITOCHES -- The state meet got started on Monday with Classes C through Class 2A and a pair of Holden runners led the parish contingent.

Asia Sierra turned the highest finish by a parish runner, running 23:26.2 to place 24th in Class B. In the boys race in that class, Holden’s Coley Courtney was 33rd in 19:26.8.

The Maurepas boys notched a 20th-place showing in the team results, with four runners in the top 125. Kameron Aime set the pace at 22:14.1.

CLASS 2A

Girls

Team results: 1. Holy Savior Menard, 21; 2. St. Thomas Aquinas, 89; 3. McGehee Louise, 110; 4. Episcopal, 118; 5. Newman, 124; 6. Rosepine, 167; 7. Avoyelles Public Charter, 201; 8. Catholic New Iberia, 218; 9. Metairie Park Country Day, 233; 10. Dunham, 286; 11. Taylor Patrick Science/Tech., 307; 12. Ascension Episcopal, 345; 13. D’Arbonne Woods Charter, 362; 14. Kinder, 395; 15. Rapides, 424

Individual top 10: 1. Claire Vaughn, Holy Savior Menard, 18:49.7; 2. Katharine Vaughn, Holy Savior Menard, 19:13.3; 3. Adele Broussard, Episcopal, 19:16.5; 4. Mikayla Rulh, Newman, 19:16.7; 5. Addison Hays, Holy Savior Menard, 19:29.2; 6. Hannah Hays, Holy Savior Menard, 19:31.8; 7. Alyssa Rabie, Holy Savior Menard, 19:36.1; 8. Ellie Schmidt, McGehee Louise, 19:39.7; 9. Nicole Francois, St. Thomas Aquinas, 19:43.3; 10. Deonna Brister, Lake Arthur, 19:51.5

French Settlement individuals -- 87. Gabrielle Blanchard, 25:08.1. 129. Sierra Langston, 32:00.3.

Boys

Team results: 1. Episcopal, 21; 2. St. Thomas Aquinas, 59; 3. Holy Savior Menard, 76; 4. Newman Isidore, 163; 5. Lakeside, 203; 6. Metairie Park Country Day, 223; 7. Winnfield, 281; 8. Taylor Patrick Science/Tech., 302; 9. Delcambre, 304; 10. Pope John Paul 11, 306; 11. Avoyelles Public Charter, 313; 12. Dunham, 316; 13. Northlake Christian, 322; 14. Rosepine, 341; 15. D’Arbonne Woods Charter, 370; 16. Catholic New Iberia, 391; 17. Pickering, 474; 18. DeQuincy, 497; 19. Many, 513; 20. Ville Platte, 537; 21. Rapides, 542; 22. Delhi Charter, 656; 23. Fisher, 665

Individual top 10: 1. Graham Frazier, Episcopal, 15:42.2; 2. Michael Lee, Episcopal, 15:44.5; 3. Kenny Schafer, Episcopal, 15:53.3; 4. Tyler Hight, Winnfield, 16:37.3; 5. David Anthon, St. Thomas Aquinas, 16:41.4; 6. John Walker McDonald, Dunham, 16:43.1; 7. James Christian, Episcopal, 16:52.2; 8. Austin Broussard, Episcopal, 17:00.7; 9. John Ross Donnes, St. Thomas Aquinas, 17:05.7; 10. Logan Bailey, Lakeside, 17:07.6

French Settlement individual: 131. Paul Blanchard, 22:33.5

CLASS B

Girls

Individual Top 10: 1. Samantha Withers, Episcopal of Acadiana, 19:29.5; 2. Aline Malek, Episcopal of Acadiana, 19:58.8; 3. Madeline Breaux, Episcopal of Acadiana, 20:56.9; 4. Farrah McKissack, Castor, 20:56.9; 5. Sydney Worsham, Runnels, 20:57.0; 6. Ann Fink, Runnels, 21:08.4; 7. Olivia Slayter, Grace Christian, 21:15.8; 8. Micah Roper, Runnels, 21:24.0; 9. Jacey Merchant, Pitkin, 21:27.6; 10. Kaylen Howe, Runnels, 21:52.7

Team results: 1. Episcopal of Acadiana, 39; 2. Runnels, 40; 3. Grace Christian, 118; 4. Castor, 121; 5. Pitkin, 137; 6. Lacassine, 183; 7. Anacoco, 201; 8. Hornbeck, 206; 9. Choudrant, 221; 10. Converse, 290; 11. Midland, 294; 12. Oak Hill, 305; 13. Quitman, 309; 14. Bell City, 330; 15. Glenmora, 342.

Holden individuals -- 24. Asia Sierra, 23:26.2. 82. Aubrey Haltom, 27:41.9. 103. Haley Williams, 31:29.1. 106. Hannah Williams, 32:53.9.

Maurepas individuals -- 63. Madelyn Aime, 26:26.7.

Boys

Team results: 1. Episcopal of Acadiana, 32; 2. Runnels, 74; 3. Hornbeck, 89; 4. Choudrant, 174; 5. Lacassine, 183; 6. Grace Christian, 219; 7. Acacoco, 226; 8. Castor, 258; 9. Pitkin, 263; 10. Negreet, 264; 11. Converse, 281; 12. Quitman, 282; 13. Glenmora, 306; 14. Oak Hill, 336; 15. Elizabeth, 407; 16. Bell City, 417; 17. Hathaway, 446; 18. Midland, 491; 19. JS Clark Leadership Academy, 552; 20. Maurepas, 565; 21. Hicks, 572

Individual top 10: 1. John Jett, Hornbeck, 16:20.6; 2. Samuel Matthews, Runnels, 16:21.3; 3. Oliver Nickel, Episcopal of Acadiana, 16:59.0; 4. Daniel Magann, Episcopal of Acadiana, 17:12.7; 5. Oliver Vreeland, Episcopal of Acadiana17:35.7; 6. Ben Upshaw, Choudrant, 17: 26.7; 7. Ellis Hernandez, Episcopal of Acadiana, 17:34.7; 8. Alexander Matthews, Runnels, 17:36.9; 9. Octavio Tiley, Quitman, 17:39.0; 10. Tyler Magnano, Grace Christian, 17:40.8

Holden individuals -- 33. Coley Courtney, 19:26.8. 63. Carter Alphonso, 20:51.2. 97. Matthew Wilder, 22:23.2. 136. Lane Courtney, 27:28.7

Maurepas individuals -- 96. Kameron Aime, 22:14.1. 110. Jackson Cornett, 22:50.1. 121. Joshua Hanna, 23:54.1. 125. Kade Thacker, 24:13.5. 134. Bryce Felps, 26:18.9. 137. Karson Thacker, 27:30.6. 147. Samuel Forbes, 34:41.7

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