The Big Orange Wave Rolls into State

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Nan Murtagh

Christian Dubroc, Staff Writer

With an impressive regular season, the Catholic High Cross Country team is preparing to take on the State Championship in Natchitoches on November 17th.

Coming off impressive races at Metro and Regionals, the Orange Wave looks ahead to the State Meet. At the Metro Meet, the team had an impressive race, putting seven runners in the top eleven places, including the individual champion, Daniel Sullivan. At the Regional Meet, the Bears continued to dominate with five runners in the top ten places. This is no surprise to the Orange Wave as they have been dominating the state and are looking to win their 4th State Title in a row.

The team’s success can be attributed to the hard work that goes in each week and the dedication of Coach Pete Boudreaux and Tre Hendry. Dominance is nothing new to Coach Boudreaux. He has won 19 Cross Country titles during his time coaching at Catholic High and holds his teams to a high standard. The work seems to have been paying off as the Bears have won every meet this year with the exception of a 2nd place finish at the St. Joseph’s Invitational to Jesuit. The 2nd place finish was the Bear’s first loss in a race since the Episcopal “Knights of the Round Table” Meet in 2018. However, since the St. Joseph’s meet, the team has gotten healthier and stronger, recovering from many mid-season injuries.

“Well in that meet we were kind of out of it. We didn’t really have our heads in it, so now whenever we face them next time we’re going to have our heads in it, look at the blue jerseys, and go for them” says Steven Mayer, 11th grade varsity runner.

Despite many injuries that have plagued the team in the middle of the season, the team is now heathy and more motivated to win than ever. With a motivated and healthy team, the Bears believe they have what it takes to beat Jesuit and win the State Championship. Senior and 3-time State veteran, Joseph Ellis, believes that the most important thing for the team now heading into state is staying healthy and “Not getting hurt.”

Another challenge for the team this season has been dealing with the rules and regulations due to COVID-19, but the Bears have handled the changes well and continue to have the same goal as they would any other season: get better each week and continue to win.

The team has looked consistently good this season, and the Orange Wave looks strong as they move as a unit in their races. Steven Mayer said that “[the team] has great chemistry and I think we’re all going to run together well” when asked about the upcoming State Meet. As it is getting closer to November 17th, it is clear that the team is well prepared and the Big Orange Wave is ready to take over in Natchitoches.