NATCHITOCHES – Nov. 17, 2014 is a day that will be long remembered in Lakeside Cross-Country history. On this cold, windy Monday the Lakeside Lady Warriors took their first individual state championship title and the Lakeside Warriors placed two runners on the podium with second and third place finishes.
Alissa Lander stretched her winning streak to seven straight meets as she once again crushed the competition running a 19:55.44 to win the title by 22 seconds over Halley Johnson of Newman at 19:37. Lander battled with Johnson and Haly Hesterman of Calvary for the first 2 miles before she spurted to a lead which she lengthened in the last mile. Running in 28º wind chill and wind gusts of 25 mph, Lander added her fourth straight All-State honor in 2A Cross-Country.
Mikaela Wyant placed 76th with a time of 26:55 and Angelina Futch finished 93rd at 28:19. There were 126 female runners. Menard won the team championship edging Episcopal of Baton Rouge 46 to 49.
The boy’s race turned into a three man battle between Eric Greene and Cody Robinson of Lakeside and Kris Jackson of Episcopal. Shortly after the two mile mark, Jackson took control of the race with Greene and Robinson closely following. After running three miles the race for second turned into a furious 100 meter sprint to a finish line with Greene running a 17:02.8 to hold off the fast charging Robinson at 17:02.9. Eighth grader Tyler Davis also ran a personal best of 18:31 to finish 24th.
Twnety-one AA teams competed for the title as Lakeside finished tied with Runnels (Baton Rouge) for fourth with 148 points. Episcopal (Baton Rouge) won the title with a low score of 45 points.