Centenary Cross Country Signs Four Runners
Monday, May 23, 2005

SHREVEPORT—Centenary cross country coach Shelley Armstrong has announced the signing of four new runners. William Boothe, Ryan Duplantis, and Adam Walton are new additions to the Gents lineup while Ashley Voorhies will join the Ladies squad in 2005-06. Armstrong also announced that Laura Deas and Alysha Wallace will be joining the Ladies roster in the fall as walk-ons.


Boothe (Sterling, La.) comes to Centenary from Ouachita Christian School where he posted times of 4:41 in the 1600, 10:28 in the 3200, and 17:29 in the 5k. Duplantis (Chauvin, La.) attended South Terrebonne High School where he finished seventh at the state cross country meet at 16:54 and eighth at the state track meet in the 1600 with a time of 4:42. He earned first team all-state honors as well as first team all-district, district runner-up, and was the Parish Champion Runner.


“Will’s experience and dedication will add depth to our team,” said Armstrong of Boothe. The coach then added, “I expect highly competitive times from Ryan Duplantis, who will be a dual athlete at Centenary. His athletic talent and work ethic will make him a valuable asset to both the cross country team as well as the swim team.”


Walton (Dover, Penn.) had a 5k time in 2003 of 16:48 at Dover Area High School. He has been attending Louisiana Tech-Barksdale while serving in the Air Force. Since completing high school, Walton has participated in two Boston Marathons and finished first in the Air Combat Command Fitness Challenge.


“Adam will make an immediate impact on the men’s team,” said Armstrong. “His dedication to the sport has enabled him to run in the last two Boston Marathons and he continues to be one of Northwest Louisiana’s top 5k and 10k competitors.”


Voorhies (Winnfield, La.) will enroll this fall after running at Winnfield High School. She placed second at the district meet this year and finished fourth in regionals. She also placed 21st at the state meet. Voorhies received the Athletic Scholastic Award in 2003 and lettered in softball and track as well as cross country.


“I am excited for Ashley to join our squad,” said Armstrong about Voorhies. “She will immediately bring leadership and a winning attitude to our program.”


Deas (San Antonio, Tex.) and Wallace (Garland, Tex.) will add depth to the Ladies team as walk-ons. Deas continues a family tradition as both of her brothers Steven and Andrew ran for Centenary’s men’s team last season. Wallace, North Garland High School, finished ninth in her age group at the 2004 White Rock Marathon and is currently training to take part in the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon in June.