(April 23, 2008)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Cross Country Team Reaches Out During Healthy Kid's Fun Run

SHREVEPORT—Showing that running can be a fun and healthy way to exercise, Centenary’s Cross Country team took to the streets with more than 200 students from local schools during the 3rd Annual Healthy Kids Fun Run April 22 here on campus. The event targeted elementary school children in hopes of promoting running as an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

The route had runners loop around the Centenary campus and was strictly for fun with no time limit, and where everyone was a winner. After the completion of the run, all the children were admitted into the baseball complex to cheer on the Gents take on the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

"All the hard work put in to this race was all worth it because the kids were given an opportunity to be in a fun, safe environment and exercise,” said cross country team member Laura Way, a physical education major and co-director of the Kids’ Run. “At the end of it, that's all that really matters anyway!"

Besides the Healthy Kids’ Fun Run, the Centenary men’s and women’s cross country teams enjoyed a busy week of community involvement. From presentations by Head Coach Dr. Shelley Armstrong to runs with local schools, the cross country team has been doing its part to create a healthier Shreveport-Bossier area.

“The members of the Cross Country teams and the other Centenary student volunteers love interacting with the children,” said Armstrong. “They don't realize how much younger students look up to them until they become actively involved in such an event.”

Armstrong presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) national convention recently. Her research study "Social Connectedness, Self-Esteem, and Depression among Collegiate Athletes Versus Non-athletes" was a featured presentation in the convention’s research consortium.

On April 17, many of the Ladies and Gents ran with South Highland Elementary School’s Run Club. It was a great afternoon and members from both teams shared in the benefits of having a cardiovascular regimen that will help lead to a healthier lifestyle for many of the youngsters.

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“It is our goal to teach children at a young age that running is a fun and central activity in living a healthy life,” explained Armstrong. “Running is too often used punishment, so we are giving children an opportunity to participate in a socially uplifting event. Many of the local elementary schools have started running clubs. Knowing they are coming to a college campus to participate in the Healthy Kids' Fun Run gives the students motivation and teaches them to set goals throughout the semester. It gives them something to look forward to as they log laps around their own school grounds.”

Here are the Final Results

Name School Time Age Grade
Jordan King Judson 6:43 11 5
Tyler Howard South Highlands 6:45 11 5
Crista McArthur Middle Magnet 6:54 11 6
Murray Twyman Glenbrook 7:06 12 6
Courtney Randall Meadowview 7:08 11 5
Anna Hodges St. Marks 7:12 13 8
Tyler McCallister Apollo 7:20 10 4
Mellissa Gillenwater Meadowview 7:29 10 4
Ikeshawn Johnson Forest Hill 7:39 11 5
Cody Colvin Meadowview 7:42 11 5
Quintin Hardtner St. Marks 7:43 10 4
Sean Scott St. Marks 7:46 13 7
Malcolm Huff Southfield 7:50 11 5
Grace Foisom Eden Gardens 7:54 9 3
Calen Walker Middle Magnet 7:59 11 5
Malik Martin Apollo 8:01 10 5
Jennifer Cole Walnut Hill 8:05 10 5
Cayman Fox Eden Gardens 8:09 9 4
Symone Michael Meadowview 8:16 11 4
Christian Semon Eden Gardens 8:21 8 2
Felicia Deleo Meadowview 8:34 10 4
Trent Duckworth Benton 8:40 6 K
Jasmine Harri Eden Gardens 8:41 6 K
Claire Folson Eden Gardens 8:43 9 4
Demerath Gus Montessori 8:44 10 5
Shothige Garrett 8:44 7
Josiah Lim Good Shepherds 8:56 12 6
Galidno Andrew South Highlands 9:00 7
Carparices Scott Central 9:02 12 5
Dekinan Sheffield Walnut Hill 9:07 9 4
Cameron Semo Eden Gardens 9:07 7 1
Gabby Eaves Apollo 9:09 10 5
John Michael Eden Gardens 9:12 8
Dayton McGovern Eden Gardens 9:13 8 2
Mary Lare Apollo 9:14 9 3
Ben Hodges St. Marks 9:14 8 2
Joshua Partin Apollo 9:18 8 3
Sadie McGuire S. Highlands 9:19 9 3
Griffin Neal South Highlands 9:23 10 4
Katlyn Ketchum Forest Hill 9:30
Carleigh Walker South Highlands 9:38 7 1
Natalie Lopez Meadowview 9:43 9 4
Ashley Pistorius Eden Gardens 9:45 9 4
Will Burton South Highlands 9:46 10 4
Graham Harris Montessori 9:47 5 K
Erykah Williams Meadowview 9:51 10 5
Brittney Smith Meadowview 9:53 10 4
Queen Allums Meadowview 10:02 10 4
Cami Hawkins Apollo 10:03 8 3
Earl Raymond Forest Hill 10:04 9 4
Tyler Jacobs Meadowview 10:08 11 5
ShaBarbara Joyce Central 10:11 9 3
Joyce Diamond Central 10:12 8 2
Abby Holloway Forest Hills 10:14 10 4
Hardwon Marnikka Meadowview 10:15 11 5
Courtney Reide Apollo 10:16 9 3
Jamal Martin Apollo 10:18 10 5
Morgan McGuire S. Highlands 10:24 7 1
Komal Ahmad Apollo 10:31 9 3
Cameron Bradford Montessori 10:32 4 K
Terell Davis 10:33
Jaravea Cenalt 10:39
Gunner Gorman St. Paul 10:40 5 K
Jacquelyn Apollo 10:41 8 3
Cole Nichols Forest Hills 10:42 8 2
Mackenzie Martin Eden Gardens 10:46 10 5
Guy Twyman Glenbrook 10:47 10 3
Tony Davis Benton 10:49 10 4
Tanner Jones Walnut Hill 10:56 10 4
Sierra Doaks South Highlands 10:57 10 4
Shane Drury Montessori 11:02 8 3
Ean Burch St. Pauls 11:12 5 K
Jessica Vergo South Highlands 11:26 10 4
Joe Patterson Walnut Hill 11:28 10 5
Elise Twyman Glenbrook 11:39 5 K
Jonathan Webb First Baptist 11:43 10 5
Alvin Davis Central 11:44 11 5
Hunter Neal South Highlands 11:47 8 2
Kathryn Kearney South Highlands 11:49 10 5
Hannah Cleveland South Highlands 11:49 9 4
Jaron Harris Central 11:50
Sierra Matthews Meadowview 11:52 10 4
Corey Hill Forest Hills 11:56 10 3
Savanna Gorman Eden Gardens 11:57 9 3
Katie Matkins South Highlands 12:03 9 4
Brandon Gates Forest Hills 12:04 10 4
Maggie Matkins South Highlands 12:07 9 4
Cameron Webb First Baptist 12:15 4 K
Dalton Rochelle South Highlands 12:23 9 4
Ben Hodges St. Marks 12:30 8 2
Austin Nichols Forest Hills 12:36 6 K
Ashlyn Durham Meadowview 12:44 11 4
LaDarius Small Central 12:45 11 5
Antavious Johnson Central 12:50 9
Alexis Tucker Middle Magnet 12:52 13 6
Keondra Marshall Meadowview 12:52 11 4
Courtlyn Durham Meadowview 12:56 11 5
Logan Spataro Meadowview 12:58 11 5
Kati Haltom Meadowview 13:00 11 5
Ashlin Thomas Eden Gardens 13:02 7 2
Amaya Kelly Central 13:02 9
Gabrielle Simon Meadowview 13:03 11 5
Travieon Sneed Meadowview 13:11 11 5
Demonte Small Central 13:12 7
Keandra Johnson Meadowview 13:15 11 5
Matthew Howard South Highlands 13:17 6
Anthony Hill Oak Terrace 13:19 15 7
Kaley Easter South Highlands 13:22 9 3
Adrianna Morris Meadowview 13:23 11 5
Keandra Johnson Meadowview 13:27 11 5
Tyreanna Scott Central 13:44 9 3
Morgan White Walnut Hills 13:52 11 5
Raven Meshell Forest Hills 13:52 8 3
Haley Snell Forest Hills 13:55 9 3
Summer Bailey Walnut Hills 13:56 10 5
Tre Lester South Highlands 13:58 6 K
Titus Allums Cope Middle 13:59 13
Keith Allums Meadowview 14:00 8 3
Jamal Taylor Meadowview 14:03 8 3
Caleigh Lester South Highlands 14:05 6 K
Casey Thurmon South Highlands 14:19 8 3
Morgan Collier Apollo 14:28 6
Carmen Hernandez South Highlands 14:42 8 2
Valerie Legler 14:51 6 K
Kaylee Pistorius University 14:56 6 K
Trey Bowen 15:04 3
Michael Legler 15:09 2
Kaylea Riede Apollo 15:18 7
Cayla Travers South Highlands 15:41 5 K
Eric Raymond Forest Hills 16:15 6 1
Destiny Matthews Meadowview 16:15 11 5
Callie Crockett Meadowview 16:44 11 4
Jaylon Hudson Meadowview 16:47 11 5
Sara Beth Sutherland Montessori 16:58 4 Pre
Sarah-Katherine
Semon Eden Gardens 16:59 11 5
Taylor Poleman Eden Gardens 17:00 10 4
Christian Ford Central 17:04 4 Pre
Lania Hinton Meadowview 17:08 9 4
Rebecca Malloy Central 18:29 4 Pre


About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrates 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.

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