The Pack Look to Out-Run their Prey at State Meet

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At the sound of the gun, the Wolf Pack rushes to the front of the herd, each hoping to place a spot in the top ten at the Walker High Shootout on Oct. 17, 2015. Three runners landed in the top 10, helping the team take first overall. (photo by: Angelle Albright)

(COVINGTON, La.)–The St. Paul’s Cross Country team is looking to make another run for the state championship at the upcoming state meet to be held on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoces on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Leading the pack of Wolves are Eric Coston and Spencer Albright, who consistently score in the top 10 at nearly every meet, helping the team to place first in six of the nine meets that they have participated in this 2015 season, including taking first at the District 6-5A meet held on Oct. 31, 2015.

Junior Max Egan breaks through the finish line at the District 6-5A meet on Oct. 31, helping the team take first place. (photo by Angelle Albright)

“The season is going well,” junior Eric Coston said. “We’ve won every meet except two (in the regular season), and we’ve been improving every single weekday and weekend.”

Although Cross Country seems to be an individual sport, St. Paul’s Cross Country relies on teamwork during practice as a tool to their success.

“There’s a lot of chemistry throughout the team compared to last year,” Coston said. “We inspire each other to work harder.”

Head coach Terryl Chatham echoed Coston by explaining that the team works well together.

This is basically the same team as last year, so they have been together for a while now,” Chatham said. “They are not only teammates, but friends. Their goals for the team are the same, and they realize they need each other to accomplish those goals. They have a pack mentality, and they are Wolves.”

One change this year, on the other hand, is the new competition that the Wolves are running against. John Curtis is the newest addition to the Wolves’ list of tough opponents, which already includes Jesuit, Mandeville, Archbishop Hannan, Fontainebleau, and Brother Martin.

“The new competition is definitely an added pressure,” Coston said, “but we just have to keep our eyes on the prize and keep the hard work to 110 percent.”

On Saturday, Oct.31, 2015, the team hosted and won the District 6-5A meet at the Money Hill Nature Trails. Following that win, the Wolves placed 4th in the Metro Championships at City Park in New Orleans on Saturday, Nov. 7. The State Meet will be at Northwestern State University on Wednesday, Nov. 18, where the Wolves plan to reclaim the state title last won in 2013.

“They have been in a lot of races now,” Chatham said, “and have had a lot thrown at them and (have) come out on top. They are now seeing the results of all their hard work they have put in over the last few years.”

After the season ends, the Cross Country Wolves will host their annual Christmas 5K fun run on Saturday, Dec. 5.

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The Wolf Pack accepts the District 6-5A first place trophy at Money Hill Nature Trails on Oct. 31, 2015. The team hopes to reclaim the state title on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
(Photo By: Angelle Albright)

For results from each meet, visit the Cross Country scoreboard page.