Both of Ruston’s cross country teams won the Cedar Creek Wallace Martin Invitational held at Lincoln Parish Park (LPP) this past Saturday. As impressive as the victories against a strong field was by the Bearcat boys and girls squads it failed in comparison to the exhibition put on by Ruston High School junior, Lily Garrett.
The daughter of former Jonesboro resident and recent Jackson Parish Sport Hall of Fame inductee, Bob Garrett and his wife Karen, who is a junior at Ruston High School easily won the girls division by finishing in 18:25 over the 3 mile course, an incredible 1:31 seconds better than the runner-up and by far the best time ran in the state to date.
Ruston cross country coach Dustin Cochran was naturally pleased with the effort of both his squads but was simply overwhelmed by Garrett’s effort.
“We were really pleased with Saturdays results,” said Cochran. “The attitude and effort were great from the time we got to LPP but what Lily did all by herself, on a tough course, in September, was special.”
To give an example of just how impressive Garrett’s performance was, the next best time in the state to date according to MileSplit.com is 18:53.20, turned in by Jenna Key of C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport, a full 28 seconds behind Garrett’s time.
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