Area cross-country teams compete in H.L. Bourgeois Invitational

GRAY — South Terrebonne's boys won outright, but the Lady Gators had to share first with host H.L. Bourgeois at the H.L. Bourgeois Invitational cross country meet Wednesday.

H.L. Bourgeois and South Terrebonne tied with 64 points each, followed by Thibodaux (71), Vandebilt Catholic (85), Houma Christian (144) and Terrebonne (145).

On the boy's side, South Terrebonne's 40 points was 17 better than Thibodaux (57). Rounding out the field were H.L. Bourgeois (73), Terrebonne (143), Vandebilt (160) and Houma Christian (173).

H.L Bourgeois' Brandon McDonald was the winner of the boy's race, followed by Ellender's Wesley Lapeyrouse , South Terrebonne's Brandon Dardar, Thibodaux's Landon Olivier and Terrebonne's Shawn Sullivan.

"I started off strong, and wanted to keep my pace up," McDonald said. "When we started the race, ( Lapeyrouse ) was right with me, so I wanted to push to see if he would keep up. Saturday when we ran he came in second in that one too, so I pushed myself a little harder so he wouldn't be on my tail, and I finished stronger than he did."

H.L. Bourgeois coach Derrick Nesby said McDonald has exceeded expectations.

"Brandon is doing a lot better than I expected," Nesby said. "He took 22 seconds off his time from Saturday, and that was five days ago. I think he's going to state."

The girls' race was won by yet another in a seemingly endless line of youthful Vandebilt runners as eight grader Anna Haydel was teammate Remi Porsche was second. Rounding out the Top 5 were South Terrebonne's Dariane Dardar, Thibodaux's Courtney Hepola and H.L. Bourgeois' Jessica Coleman.

Haydel and Porsche were side-by-side after the first lap, before Haydel started pulling away.

"I felt her starting to tire, so I thought I'd go for it, and I went," Haydel said.

Both Haydel and McDonald said the heat was a factor.

"Oh my goodness, it was super-hot. I didn't think it was going to be this hot," Haydel said.

"I'm glad I drank a lot of water before the race because it was brutal," McDonald said.

Vandebilt coach Dave Malone said Haydel shows a lot of self-discipline for her age.

"Anna runs every morning," he said. "She shows up at practice and she's ready to go. That's kind of rare for an eighth grader."