Tiger Cross Country traveled to Baton Rouge ahead of Hurricane Nate to compete in the Catholic High Invitational. This historic meet annually functions as a debutante party of sorts, an opportunity for the top teams in the state to probe the strengths and weaknesses of their rivals and prepare for the LHSAA State Championship in November. Holy Cross again defeated the reigning state champion team from St. Paul's School, and placed 2nd overall to Brother Martin. On a humid morning punctuated by light rain and suffocating heat, the Tigers battled against intense competition, with Blake Baldassaro placing 6th, Cade Martin in 9th, Joshua Raiford in 28th, Chris Wagner in 31st, and Teo Monthey in 37th. This is great news for Holy Cross; we have seen the best efforts of our competition, and we know what is needed to cover their moves and emerge victorious.
On the Middle School side, a few Tigers braved the storm to race in Baton Rouge, and these young men made good on their trip by placing well in their race. Lyric Lee continued his promising freshman campaign with a sub 12-minute performance in the 2-mile race, placing 31st. Middle schoolers Gage Baldassaro and Mason Sanderson also competed, finishing strong in a race against the best young talent in South Louisiana.
Next up for the Middle School Cross Country Team is the Governor's Games race on October 14 in City Park. The Varsity team now begins a stout training block to prepare for the District 9-5A Championship at City Park on Wednesday 10/25.