Here's what happened during Day 1 of the 2021 LHSAA cross country championships

LaMar Gafford
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

The LHSAA Cross Country Championships began Monday at Northwestern State’s Walter P. Ledet Track Complex in Natchitoches.

Here's the top storylines.

Hornbeck girls swarm for third title in a row

It was close, but Hornbeck girls can celebrate a third straight title.

The Lady Hornets’ 34 points were one better than Hackberry to claim Class C. Hornbeck junior Kayleigh Park  covered the 5K course in 21 minutes and 34.8 seconds to finish second.

“It’s just a big sense of pride for our school,” Hornbeck coach Brittany Downs said. “We’re a small school and a small community, but I feel like when you are successful in a program like this, it tends to bring people together and add to our family-centered atmosphere.”

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Simpson's Ean Allain wins the Class C boys race at the LHSAA cross country meet.

Simpson sweeps Class C individual titles

While its teams did not win the Class C titles, Simpson can take solace that it has the top runners.

Bronco sophomore Ean Allain won the boys championship in 17:42.7.

“I was nervous going into it and I wasn’t expecting to win the championship, but I just did my best,” Allain said. “It was smoother than what I thought and it was a good race.”

Eighth grader Dakota Miller finished in 21:19.0 to win the girlsrace.

“We just started our cross country team a few weeks ago, so we don’t have many people. We’re all eighth graders,” Miller said. “I started (this season) not even running the three-mile, I ran the two-mile, but then I got talked into running the three-mile.”

Simpson was the runner-up team in boys and fifth in girls.

Simpson's Dakota Miller wins the Class C girls race at the LHSAA Cross Country meet.

Christ Episcopal boys ends Episcopal of Acadiana’s seven-year reign

For the first time since 2013, a team other than Episcopal of Acadiana claimed the Class B boys title.

The Falcons’ 43 points were not good enough to overtake Christ Episcopal as they finished second. Christ Episcopal senior Jake Tournillon won the boys in 16:10.8 – over a minute faster than ESA junior Greer Hernandez (17:27.5).

“It was a great, great performance and I don’t want to take anything away from Christ Episcopal,” Falcons coach Laura Magann said. “They are a good team and we knew that. We’ve raced against them a couple of times this year and it’s been back-and-forth. They just got the edge today.”

Cedar Creek places three of top four girls in Class 1A

Cedar Creek girls  finished second in Class 1A, but sophomore Taylor Ramsey was the individual winner in 20:17.2

Eighth grader Caroline James was third and seventh grader Madison Morris finished fourth.

In all, five of the top 10 girls hailed from Northeast Louisiana as St. Frederick eighth grader Bradie Eppinette placed sixth and Ouachita Christian junior Riley Hall was 10th.