The 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Classic presented by Varsity Sports titles

claimed by Vanderbilt Catholic & Vestavia Hills 

NEW ORLEANS (October 13, 2018) – The Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Classic featured over 1,400 runners competing at the high school varsity, junior high and elementary levels on Saturday in New Orleans City Park. Nearly 400 high school varsity runners from 38 different schools competed in the event.

Vestavia Hills from Alabama won the boys’ varsity title while Vandebilt Catholic (Houma, La.) won the girls’ varsity championship.

Complete results of all of the races can be found at http://www.chippedtech.com/

Brother Martin senior Hunter Appleton defended his title in the boys’ varsity race with a time of 14:52.61 over three miles.

“I really tried to come out and annihilate on this course,” Appleton told The New Orleans Advocate. “I’m really thrilled. I think my training is really paying off for me. State meets and district are all coming up so hopefully we can get those. I’m going to give everything I’ve got, and hopefully after that I can compete in a national meet and make All-American. That will really help me in my recruitment process.”

Sacred Heart’s Mary Nusloch was the girls’ varsity winner with a time of 17:48.09 over the three-mile course.

“It feels good,” Nusloch told The New Orleans Advocate. “I was a little worried about the weather coming in because I know this course can be really hot sometimes but the cooler temperatures really helped out. We only have a few meets left so I’m excited to see what our team can do the rest of the way.”

Participating high schools included Academy of Our Lady, Archbishop Rummel, Archbishop Shaw, Belle Chasse, Ben Franklin, Biloxi (MS), Bogalusa, Brother Martin, Cabrini, Carver Academy, Central Lafourche, Chalmette, Chapelle, Cohen, Crescent City Christian, De La Salle, Dominican, E.D. White, Einstein Charter, Fontainebleau, Hahnville, Holy Cross, Jesuit, John Curtis, Kenner Discovery, Landry-Walker, Louise S. McGehee, Loyola Prep, Lusher, Mandeville, McDonogh 35, Mt. Carmel, Newman, Ocean Springs (MS), Sacred Heart, St. Augustine, St. George’s (TN), St. Katharine Drexel, St. Paul’s, St. Scholastica, Terrebonne, Thibodaux, Thomas Jefferson, Ursuline Academy, Vandebilt Catholic, Vestavia Hills (AL), Warren Easton and Woodlawn.

Brother Martin won the boys’ junior high division and Colin Volpe from Holy Cross was the individual winner with a time of 11:15.31 on the two-mile course. In the girl’s junior high division, Ocean Springs (Miss.) won the team title while Lusher Charter’s Sirena N’Mili was the individual winner with a time of 13:02.89 on the two-mile course.

In the boys’ elementary division, individual winner Michael Vocke (8:04.32, 1.5 miles) led Christian Brothers to the team title. St. Dominic was the girls’ elementary champion while Virginia Turner from St. Pius X School was the individual champion (9:41.22, 1.5 miles).

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McGill-Toolen and Edna Karr Capture Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic

Whitehaven and St. Aug Earn Runner-Up Recognition

NEW ORLEANS – McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and Edna Karr High School were the girls’ and boys’ winners, respectively, at the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic, which wrapped up on a sunny, but windy, Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium. Since 1993, this event has been the largest high school track and field invitational in Louisiana; this year’s meet featured 126 boys’ and girls’ teams (83 different schools) from four states (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee).

2018 Girls Team Champions McGill-Toolen High School from Mobile, AL

2018 Girls Team Champions McGill-Toolen High School from Mobile, AL

2018 Boys Team Champions Edna Karr High School from New Orleans

2018 Boys Team Champions Edna Karr High School from New Orleans

Official Meet Results

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The McGill-Toolen girls had a dominant performance, finishing with 100 points to earn their first championship in the event since 2003. Whitehaven High School of Memphis, Tenn., earned second place with 58 points, while Edna Karr (48 points) was third in the girls’ division.

Edna Karr captured the boys’ championship in a tightly-contested event that came down to the 4×400 relay, the final event of the day. The Cougars finished with 55 points to edge St. Augustine, which had 45 points and John Curtis (42.5 points). It was Edna Karr’s first championship in the meet.

The Outstanding Girls’ Track Performer for the meet was McGill-Toolen senior Grace Jensen, who won the 800-meter run, the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run while adding a victory in the 4×800 relay. Her 3,200-meter time of 11:18.29 was the fourth-best in meet history. Jensen’s Yellow Jacket teammate, junior Hannah Daffin, was selected as the Outstanding Girls’ Field Performer after winning the discus with a throw of 123-10 (fifth all-time in meet history) and taking third in the shot put at 37-11.75 (ninth all-time in meet history).

On the boys’ side, St. Aug senior Donovan Rolland posted victories in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. His 200-meter time of 21.46 ranks fourth all-time in meet history while his 100 time of 10.53 is the eighth-best effort in meet annals. Tzuriel Pedigo, a senior from Parkview Baptist, shattered his own meet record in the javelin by over 11 feet with a throw of 217-05 to be honored as the Outstanding Boys’ Field Performer.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 93 Hall of Fame players, 49 Hall of Fame coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 84-year history. The 85th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 1, 2019. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors nearly 100,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade.

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