Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross CountryThe Allstate Sugar Bowl now sponsors a pair of cross country invitationals. It took on sponsorship of the Metro Cross Country Championship in the fall of 2014 and then the Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival, hosted by Loyola University, in the fall of 2015. The Bowl has also sponsored the Louisiana All-State Teams for cross country since 2008.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country FestivalThe second annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival was held Saturday, September 10 at Lafreniere Park in Metairie. The Louisiana Tech men and the Tulane women captured the collegiate titles at the event. At the high school varsity level, St. Amant (La.) High School won both the girls' and boys' varsity divisions. Sumner (Kentwood, La.) High School won both junior varsity divisions.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with the Allstate Sugar Bowl in our upcoming cross country meet at Lafreniere Park," said Loyola Director of Athletics Brett Simpson. "Together, we hope to grow this event into one of the premiere cross country events on the Gulf Coast, while also showcasing the metro New Orleans area."
"The Allstate Sugar Bowl is proud to support Loyola athletics by sponsoring this promising event," said Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan. "With our mission focused on helping amateur athletics throughout the region, this meet presented a unique opportunity to encourage student-athletes at a number of different levels."
Metro Cross Country ChampionshipsThe 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Cross Country Championships, featuring the boys' and girls' high school cross country teams from the metro-New Orleans area, was held Saturday, October 15 in New Orleans City Park. All high school varsity boys and girls cross country teams from Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, St. Charles and Plaquemine Parishes are invited to participate. The meet is not divided by class or school size.
Dominican collected its third straight championship in the girls' division as it placed its top five runners in the top 18 to hold off a strong Lusher squad, the defending Louisiana Class 3A champions, by 15 points, 48-63. Mount Carmel was third with 86 points, while Ben Franklin (91) and Cabrini (125) rounded out the top five.
On the boys' side, St. Paul's had five of the event's top seven finishers, including individual champion Eric Coston, to tally 23 points. Defending champion Brother Martin was second with 55 points to edge third-place Jesuit (57 points). Belle Chasse (111) and John Curtis (161) rounded out the top five.
Lusher freshman Carolyn McGuiness was the individual girls' champion, covering the three-mile course in 19:18.6. Troianna Gause from John Curtis was second at 20:10.7 while Emily Doyle finished third to pace the Dominican squad with a time of 20:17.4. Ben Franklin snagged the fourth and fifth-place slots with Lauren Walker (20:45.5) and Isabel Collins (20:54.2).
Coston, a senior, was very impressive in his victory, posting a time of 14:48.4 to top his winning time from last year's metro championships by more than 20 seconds. Sophomore Hunter Appleton (15.31.0) and junior Hayden Courregé (15:38.1) from Brother Martin finished second and third, respectively. Jonathan Bertucci (15:55.1) and Patrick Elliott (15:56.3) from St. Paul's rounded out the top five.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country All-Louisiana TeamsIn addition to sponsoring the Track & Field Classic, the Allstate Sugar Bowl also sponsors the Louisiana Cross Country All-Louisiana Teams as recognized by the Louisiana Track and Field Coaches Association. The teams is based on the top 25 performances, regardless of classification, at the LHSAA State Cross Country Championship Meet.