A number of St. Tammany Parish cross country runners have been recognized and named to the New Orleans Advocate’s 2014 All Metro Cross Country teams representing outstanding boys and girls student-athletes. First Baptist Christian School junior Gabrielle Jennings highlights the girls’ team being named the 2014 Outstanding Runner. Jennings captured the Louisiana Class C Cross Country Championship back on Nov. 17 in Natchitoches, outdistancing her nearest opponent by more than four minutes with a winning time of 19 minutes, 14 seconds. Jennings’ time was the fourth fastest of all metro-area competitors entered in the state championships. Jennings gutted it out in her 2014 competitions as she was less than 100 percent battling ongoing injuries to her foot and ankle. Jennings continues to excel in both cross country and track with nearly 30 state titles since she began running as a fifth grader for the First Baptist Christian School Lady Eagles. A number of other St. Tammany Parish runners were selected to the New Orleans Advocate’s 2014 All Metro Cross Country team including three runners from the Mandeville Lady Skippers, senior Kylie Touchard, junior Chelsey Jones and sophomore Ally McCulley. SSA Doves’ sophomore Julianne Yaeger and Fontainebleau freshman Alivia Johnson also made the All-Metro team. The remainder of the girls’ team included Mt. Carmel junior Isabella Hemb, Sacred Heart senior Megan Jackson, Sacred Heart junior Catherine Belle Paulk and freshman Troiana Gause. Newman senior Haley Johnson and Dominican sophomore Emily Doyle rounded out the team. On the boys side, John Curtis junior Devyn Keith was named the 2014 All Metro Cross Country Outstanding Runner. Keith won his second consecutive Class 3A Louisiana State Cross Country Championship back in November. Keith’s John Curtis freshman teammate Zac Barthel was also named. Two St. Paul’s runners sophomore Eric Coston and junior teammate Spencer Albright were named to the squad. Fontainebleau freshman Adam Wise also earned team honors to give St. Tammany Parish three representatives. Jesuit placed senior Matthew Vargas and sophomore Eli Sisung on the team along with Brother Martin placing senior Chace Edwards and freshman Hayden Courrege’ on the team. Archbishop Shaw senior Keith Mendoza and junior Bryant White were selected with Archbishop Rummel junior Conner Killian rounding out the New Orleans Advocate’s 2014 All Metro Cross Country Team for the boys. Congratulations to all of the deserving selections and special kudos to our St. Tammany Parish representatives who continue to excel in both their sport and academics. Well done to all!

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