Mt. Hermon runners headed to state

Published 2:45 pm Friday, November 11, 2022

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Mt. Hermon School cross country program will complete its first year in the state meet.

All 12 runners between the boys and girls teams are headed to state after qualifying in the Division 5 Region 3 Meet on Saturday at Ponchatoula.

The top 25 individual runners and the top eight teams are headed to state, which is Nov. 14 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.

In the boys, Carl Weston Fortenberry was Mt. Hermon School’s top runner. He came in 11th with a time of 21 minutes, 12 seconds.

Graycen Claunch was 13th at 21:19 with Christopher Mason Taylor coming in 29th in 23:48. Carson Constant and Phoenix Bertrand were 38th and 39th in 27:56 and 27:59.

Mt. Hermon came in fifth with 125 points in the team competition.

The race’s top three runners came from Christ Episcopal.

Mason Lyons won the event at 17:06.

Marcus Moses was second at 18:29 followed by Hugh Penton’s 18:45.

Maurepas’ Louis Rodriguez V was fourth at 18:48 with Ascension Catholic’s Noah Girior at 19:03 in a field of 44.

Christ Episcopal School won the team part of the meet with 29 points.

Ascension Catholic was second at 42, followed by Central Private’s 79, Covenant Christian Academy was fourth with 89 points as seven teams qualified for points.

In the girls, Kathrine Quin was Mt. Hermon School’s top runner. She came in 12th place with a time of 26:15.

McKenzie Fountain was 20th at 29:06 with Paisley Pena running 30:34 for 22nd. Meggan Fountain was 24th at 30:40, Raeleigh Martin was 27th in 32:49 and Emma Pena and Syria Crain were 32nd and 33rd with times of 42:50 and 44:21.

Mt. Hermon School came in fifth place after losing a tiebreaker for fourth with St. John both schools posted 105 points.

Christ Episcopal School had four of the top five runners.

Christ Episcopal School’s Noah Watson won the meet in 20:12.

Central Private’s Gabriella O’neal was second at 22:11, followed by Christ Episcopal School teammates Addie Lee, Myriana Brown and Elizabeth Perry Walton with times 22:16, 22:26 and 22:46 to round out the top five in a field of 33 runners.

Christ Episcopal School won the meet with 28 points, winning a close competition over Central Private’s 33 points, as five teams qualified for points.

Grand Isle was third with 81 points.

Shown from left is Mt. Hermon School’s boys’ cross country team. From left are Weston Fortenberry, Phoenix Bertrand, Mason Taylor, Graycen Claunch and Carson Constant.