Junior Erika Lewis placed first in New Orleans Invitational
Steve Franz

Women Finish First, Men Second to Open XC Season

Jared Laque
Jared Laque
Communications Student Assistant

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Juniors Erika Lewis, Ersula Farrow and Hannah Bourque finished in first, second, and fourth-place respectively to propel the Lady Tigers to a first-place team finish at the New Orleans Invitational on Friday evening. 

Head Coach Mark Rinker, in his LSU coaching debut, was pleased to start the season with a team victory for the women’s team.

“I’m really excited for the women to win today,” Rinker said. “They were aggressive early and controlled the last half of the race. It’s great to get a win early as we are training hard with the focus for later on in the season.”

LSU’s women’s team totaled 24 points, 12 points better than second-place Louisiana-Lafayette. The Lady Tigers had five runners in the Top 10, with every member finishing in the Top 25 out of 38 participants. 

Lewis paced all in the women’s race, crossing with a time of 18 minutes, 24.43 seconds. Farrow followed Lewis in her LSU debut, recording a time of 18:48.60. Bourque was the third Lady Tiger that placed in the Top 5, crossing the finish with a time of 19:00.56. 

Freshmen Kristin Delgado and Alicia Stamey earned Top 10 finishes in their collegiate debuts as they earned ninth and 10th place respectively. Delgado finished with a time of 19:36.27, and Stamey crossed immediately after at 19:38.64.

Sophomore Annie Jung was the sixth Lady Tiger to finish and earned 14th place with a time of 20:11.00. Following Jung was senior Rebecca Little, who finished in 17th place. Little recorded a time of 20:27.94. 

Junior Monica Guillot, sophomore Amelie Whitehurst and freshman Heather Cizek closed out the strong opener for the Lady Tigers with 19th, 21st and 22nd place finishes respectively. 

Guillot finished with a time of 21:10.56. Whitehurst and Cizek recorded times of 22:04.15 and 22:20.17 respectively. 

The men’s team finished with 39 points to earn a second-place team finish. The Tigers were topped by Louisiana-Lafayette, who were separated by a mere four points. 

The men finished with four runners in the Top 10, and six in the Top 15 out of 48 total participants. 

The Tigers’ efforts were led by sophomore Harrison Martingayle, junior Dajour Braxton and freshman Eric Coston. They finished in fifth, sixth, and seventh place respectively. 

Martingayle paced the Tigers’ efforts, recording a time of 15:42.40. Braxton and Coston closely followed Martingayle with respective times of 15:48.02 and 15:48.59.

Rinker also noted of Martingayle’s season opener along with the rest of the Tigers.

“The men ran tough and Harrison really exemplified that today,” Rinker noted. “I knew they were a little tired coming in, but they showed a lot of heart. I am happy with the results at this point in the season.”

Seniors Daniel Tanner and DC Lipani followed for the Tigers with 10th and 11th respective finishes. Tanner finished with a time of 16:14.59, and Lipani followed at 16:17.90. 

Seniors Jack Wilkes and Bryan Stamey closed out the effort for the Tigers. Wilkes finished in 15th place, crossing with a time of 16:32.74. Stamey recorded a time of 17:35.01 earning 27th place. 

The Tigers and Lady Tigers will travel to Athens, Georgia next weekend to compete in the Georgia Invitational at the UGA Equestrian Complex on Saturday, September 09. 

For the latest information on LSU’s men’s and women’s cross country teams, fans can follow the Tigers and Lady Tigers on Twitter @LSUTrackField and on Facebook by liking LSU Track & Field.

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