XC Teams Set to Compete in Texas A&M Invitational
Communications Student Assistant
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – LSU’s men’s and women’s cross country teams are traveling to College Station for the Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday morning. The men are scheduled to kick-off the meet at 8 a.m. CT, running the 8k course. The women will follow on the 6k course at 8:45 a.m. CT, and both races will be held at the Dale Watts XC Course.
Joining LSU and host Texas A&M on Saturday will be in-state foes Louisiana-Lafayette, McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana. Also competing against the Tigers and Lady Tigers are Central Arkansas, Houston, Lamar, North Texas, Prairie View A&M, Rice, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M Kingsville, Texas State, TCU and UT-Arlington. The men from Texas Wesleyan along with the women from Southeastern Oklahoma are also running on Saturday.
Head Coach Mark Rinker believes the course and competition will provide a valuable measure of where both teams stand.
“We are excited to preview the NCAA Regional course this weekend,” Rinker mentioned. “It gives us the chance to also see where we stack up against most of our region at the mid-point of our season.”
Both teams are looking to build off of solid performances last weekend as the women and men finished second and third respectively in the LSU Invitational.
Leading the Lady Tigers last weekend was junior Ersula Farrow, who notched her second Top Three individual finish last weekend in Baton Rouge. Fellow juniors Erika Lewis and Hannah Bourque, for the second time this season, recorded Top 10 finishes of their own.
Junior Dajour Braxton and sophomore Harrison Martingayle earned Top 10 honors last weekend as well on the men’s side. Braxton and Martingayle placed seventh and ninth respectively to lead the men to their second Top Three team finish of the season.
Freshman Eric Coston has also made an impact in his first year of collegiate competition as he finished in the Top 15 last weekend, and has not finished outside of the Top Three finishers for the Tigers in any meet this year.
Rinker is aware of the increased mileage both teams will endure on Saturday, but feels confident in their preparation heading into College Station.
“Both the men and women are coming off a fantastic two-week stretch of training,” Rinker said. “The goals this week are to continue working together with our front packs. Ersula, Erika and Hannah on the women’s side along with Dajour, Eric and Harrison for the men. If we do that well, the teams should have a good showing.”
After finishing up in College Station, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where they will compete in the Crimson Classic. Both teams will race at the Harry Pritchett RC after a week off on Friday, October 13.
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