McDonald Leads XC Women at NCAA Regionals
Asst. Communications Director
College Station, Texas - The LSU women’s cross country team matched the best finish in school history at the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday at the Dale Watts Cross Country Course. The women placed eight with a team score of 262 points.
Freshman Katy-Ann McDonald had the best race of her inaugural season in the Purple and Gold with a top-30 finish. The freshman from England traversed the 6k course with a time of 21:41.4 to finish 29th and take the top spot for the Tigers. The final four scorers for LSU ran finished the race with a spread of 22 seconds. Hannah Bourque took 54th with a time of 22:20.7. Hollie Parker (22:38.1) and Julia Palin (22:38.9) came through the finishing chute at nearly the same time to finish in 62nd and 63rd place. Alicia Stamey was less than four seconds off their pace with a time of 22:42.6 to place 67th.
“This has been one of the best if not the best women’s cross country seasons in program history,” head cross country coach Mark Rinker noted. “I’m proud of the work they put in this season. Katy-Ann raced hard today and she has gained valuable experience that will benefit her and our program in the future.”
The eight-place finish matched the best finish in school history that occurred six years ago in 2012. It became the second time in school history that LSU has earned a top-10 finish at the regional meet.
The men were led by a career-best finish of 26th place (32:38.3/10k) by sophomore Eric Coston at the regional meet. About 800 meters before the halfway mark of the race, Coston found himself in 54th place, but he used a stellar last 5,000 meters to improve his positioning. Freshman Adam Wise placed 66th in his first-career regional meet and 10k race with a time of 33:43.7. Harrison Martingayle was the final Tiger to finish inside the top 100 with a 88th-place showing with a clocking of 34:24.3. Kyle Montgomery (34:57.7) and Garrett Hamilton (35:46.1) were the last two scorers for LSU with 107th and 131st place showings, respectively. The men’s team placed 15th with 399 points.
“Eric ran a solid race, probably the best of his career at LSU,” Rinker said. “He missed all-region honors by one spot and he competed the entire 10,000 meters. The guys team stepped without as much experience as last year’s team and was able to finish in the top 15, which was one of our goals this season. The future is bright for what our men can accomplish.”
Team – 8th Place – 262 points
Katy-Ann McDonald – 29th – 21:41.4
Hannah Bourque – 54th – 22:20.7
Hollie Parker – 62nd – 22:38.1
Julia Palin – 63rd – 22:38.9
Alicia Stamey – 67th – 22:42.6
Ersula Farrow – 105th – 23:33.2
Monica Guillot – 110th – 23:41.3
Team – 15th Place – 399 points
Eric Coston – 26th – 32:38.3
Adam Wise – 66th – 33:43.7
Harrison Martingayle – 88th – 34:24.3
Kyle Montgomery – 107th – 34:57.7
Garrett Hamilton – 131st – 35:46.1
Blake Baldassaro – 133rd – 35:50.3
Thomas Laville Jr. – 143rd – 36:35.4