HORNBECK, La. (KALB) - It was a celebration in Natchitoches for Hornbeck High School. They're a small community that takes pride in cross country.
“We worked really hard throughout this season,” Hornbeck cross country coach Makayla Leblanc said. “A lot of training has gone into this, and a lot of hot practices especially at the beginning of the year.”
During the state championship, both the girls and boys squad would win as an overall team. John Jett and Cooper Smith were at the top for the boys.
“We're feeling great,” Jett said. “We worked for this all year. It was a great team effort and a great day.”
“It makes us feel good,” Smith said. “We've only won a baseball state championship once and now to have another in cross country, it feels good.”
For the girls, Jayda James placed second and with her only being in the 8th grade, the sky's the limit.
“I feel great,” James said. “I can't believe I got runner-up. It's an honor, and I'm very proud that I get to come home with such a big title.”
Both their coaches say that the separation is in the preparation. They are thriving now because of the work that they've put in.
“I never want to take any of the credit from them because it's all the kids. It's not me out there running on the course,” LeBlanc said.
“I was born and raised in Hornbeck and so I love the school spirit,” Hornbeck cross country coach Brittany Downs said. “Obviously when you start doing well and winning, you tend to get more people and that will definitely boost the morale around our school.”
For their performance, they're this week's ACA Athletes of the Week.
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