MARYVILLE, Tenn. - LSU senior Cullen Doody capped off his final SEC Championship race with a top 20 performance as he led the Tigers Cross Country team to a 10th place finish on Monday.
Doody placed 39 spots better than his finish a year ago in the same race with a time of 24:53.43 to notch his best-ever SEC championship result.
"Cullen ran extremely well," LSU head coach Mark Elliott said. "It was basically a personal record for him considering how difficult the course was. It really takes a great performance for a walk-on athlete to place inside the first 20 at a conference meet as competitive as the SEC Championship. He works really hard, and it is showing."
The No. 15 Arkansas men scored 33 to win the conference title for the second year in a row, followed by Florida with 66 and Georgia with 68.
Richard Chautin was the next Tiger to finish, coming in 39th place with a 25:34.16 time.
The other LSU runners to finish were Philip Primeaux (26:23.22) in 66th, William Wiesler (26:26.69) in 68th, Roger Cooke (26:27.29) in 69th, Bryan Mutell (27:38.24) in 86th, Alden Heaphy (28:13.58) in 91st, Daniel Nally (28:20.28) in 92nd and Philip Dempsey (28:24.19) in 93rd.
Vanderbilt, ranked third nationally, had five runners in the top nine to capture its first SEC women's cross country title.
Charlene Lipsey was the first Lady Tiger across the finish line, coming in at 22:31.40 in 60th place as the LSU women placed 12th.
Leigh-Ann Naccari was next to finish for LSU with a 67th place time of 22:49.14.
"There was little to complain about in terms of the team's effort," Elliott said. "I felt our athletes ran as hard as they could, it's just a really competitive race. I was especially impressed by Charlene's performance since she's primarily a track runner. She really gives a lot of effort to cross country and she had a nice day on the course."
The remaining Lady Tigers to finish were, Dakota Goodman (23:06.79) in 75th, Laura Aleman (23:40.22) in 89th, Brea Goodman (23:42.62) in 90th, Christine Derbins (25:14.97) in 100th, Andria Aguilar (26:56.01) in 102nd, Michelle Mobley (28:01.49) in 103rd and Lindsay Roe (29:23.27) in 104th.
Both the men's and women's teams will enjoy a weekend off before returning to action Nov. 12 at the NCAA South Central Regional in Waco, Texas.
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1. Arkansas 33; 2. Florida 66; 3. Georgia 68; 4. Kentucky 126; 5. Tennessee 169; 5. Alabama 169; 7. Mississippi 179; 8. Auburn 183; 9. Mississippi State 234; 10. LSU 235; 11. Vanderbilt 300.
Men's Individual (Winner and LSU only)
1. Eric Fernandez (Arkansas) 24:10.60; 19. Cullen Doody 24:53.43; 39. Richard Chautin 25:34.16; 66. Philip Primeaux 26:23.22; 68. William Wiesler 26:26.69; 69. Roger Cooke 26:27.29; 86. Bryan Mutell 27:38.24; 91. Alden Heaphy 28:13.58; 92. Daniel Nally 28:20.28; 93. Philip Dempsey 28:24.19
1. Vanderbilt 30; 2. Arkansas 61; 3. Florida 62; 4. Georgia 124; 5. Mississippi 158; 6. Alabama 181; 7. Tennessee 184; 8. Kentucky 214; 9. Mississippi State 233; 10. Auburn 247; 11. South Carolina 295; 12. LSU 337
Women's Individual (Winner and LSU only)
1. Kristin Gillespie (Arkansas) 20:19.84; 60. Charlene Lipsey 22:31.40; 67. Leigh-Ann Naccari 22:49.14; 75. Dakota Goodman 23:06.79; 89. Laura Aleman 23:40.22; 90. Brea Goodman 23:42.62; 100. Christine Derbins 25:14.97; 102. Andria Aguilar 26:56.01; 103. Michelle Mobley 28:01.49; 104. Lindsay Roe 29:23.27.