St. Thomas More’s Hannah Bourque made it 2-for-2 in the Class 4A state cross country meet held Tuesday in Natchitoches with her second straight individual state championship in her sophomore season.
In a field that was more competitive than a year ago, Bourque posted an improved time of 18:59.24, which was better than last year’s state meet.
Bourque’s effort led STM’s girls to a second place team finish with 78 points behind state champion St. Michael with 61.
“The course was identical, but the conditions were different,” STM coach Stephen Strojny said. “Last year, it was 90 degrees. This year, it was 55 with very little wind and zero humidity. It was ideal running conditions.
“Every girl on our team ran their fastest time.”
Eleanor Cook finished 12th (20:25.06), followed by Corrin Thibodeaux (21:03.56) in 21st, Kirby Roy (21:10.43) in 23rd and Lauren Dartez (21:37.63) in the 34th spot.
There was certainly more drama to Bourque’s title this year. Vandebilt’s Alexa Breaux (19:00.40) was barely beaten and wasn’t caught by Bourque until they both were on the track near the finish line.