Coston Leads XC Teams in SEC Championships
Communications Student Assistant
ATHENS, Georgia – For the third-straight race, freshman Eric Coston led the Tigers cross country team in the SEC Championships this morning. Coston finished the 8k in 24 minutes, 55.8 seconds, earning 34th place, and he has finished in the Top 40 in every race this season. The Tigers finished with 312 points and placed 11th.
The Lady Tigers were led by junior Ersula Farrow who finished in 65th place, recording a time of 22:18.90 in the 6k course. Farrow has made her presence felt in her first season at LSU as she was the first Lady Tiger to finish in the past five races. The women’s team finished in 14th place, recording 396 points.
Head Coach Mark Rinker was pleased with individual performances, but feels that more of a team effort will be needed for the upcoming Regionals.
“We had some solid individual performances today,” Rinker said. “We didn’t meet all of our individual or team goals, but I have a lot of faith in this group of athletes. We will keep working and be ready to race at Regionals in a couple of weeks.”
Following Coston on the men’s team was junior Dajour Braxton in 49th place, his fifth Top 50 finish of the year. Seniors Daniel Tanner and DC Lipani followed as the third and fourth Tigers to cross the finish. Tanner placed 83rd with a time of 26:00.40, and Lipani crossed in at 26:18.10 in 94th place.
Sophomore Harrison Martingayle followed the seniors in 102nd place, recording a time of 26:56.10. Seniors Bryan Stamey and Jack Wilkes crossed next, placing 108th and 110th respectively. Stamey recorded a time of 27:29.30, and Wilkes notched a time of 28:07.80.
Freshman Cameron Cooper rounded out the efforts for the Tigers. He finished in 111th place with a time of 28:28.50.
On the women’s side, after Farrow was fellow junior Hannah Bourque. Bourque finished in 88th place, recording a time of 22:44.70. Bourque was closely followed by freshman Alicia Stamey who placed 95th, and she crossed at 22:56.40.
Junior Erika Lewis as well as freshmen Kristin Delgado and Isabella Hemb finished next for the Lady Tigers. Lewis earned 101st place with a time of 23:12.60. Delgado and Hemb recorded respective times of 23:50.60 and 24:09.60. Delgado placed 114th and Hemb recorded a 120th place finish.
Seniors Monica Guillot and Rebecca Little followed as the seventh and eighth finishers for the Lady Tigers. Guillot placed 121st with a time of 24:09.60, and Little crossed at 24:24.40 in 122nd place.
After a two-week break, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will return to action in the NCAA South Central Regionals. The regional will be held in College Station, Texas at the Watts XC Course.
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