The Benton boys won the Class 4A cross country state championship Tuesday at Northwestern State University.
Benton scored 56 points to 70 for runner-up Archbishop Shaw. Low score in cross country wins. It is the first boys cross country state championship in school history. Benton's Drake Heinz, Alex Whittington and Brandon Lewis finished 3-4-5. The Benton girls, who won the last two 4A titles, finished third.
The Parkway girls finished third in Class 5A, one point out of a tie for second place. Parkway junior Alison Ringle finished second in the individual competition, the best finish by a Bossier Parish athlete. Parkway's Hayden Kingfisher finished fifth in the boys' division. The Parkway boys finished sixth for the second straight year.
For photos and more on the cross country state championships, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Midweek edition of the Bossier Press-Tribune.