One of LSU’s most consistent and top performers competing in all seven races of the season … Finished in the Top 5 at the LSU Invitational with a time of 15:54.30 for fifth place overall … Notched a top-10 finish with a time of 19:48.4 at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede where he placed seventh on the four-mile course … Earned a top-20 finish with a time of 17:47 for 20th place at the Rice Invitational … LSU’s first runner to finish at the Chile Pepper Festival, crossing the line at 25:22.8 for 60th place … Placed 30th with a time of 25:49.53 at the Crimson Classic … Competed in the SEC Championships, finishing 83rd place with a time of 26:35.98 … Finished the season at the NCCA South Central Regional as LSU’s top runner with a time of 31:33.30 for 62nd place in the team’s finale.
The top sophomore performer on the men’s squad … Competed in SEC Championships for the second consecutive year, placing 100th at 27:00.65 … Competed in the NCAA South Central Regional for the second consecutive year, clocking 33:04.4 for an 88th-place finish … Ran in the Mountain Dew Invitational, clocking 26:26.83 for a 60th-place finish… Placed 21st at the McNeese Stampede, timing 21:04.2 … Ran a 28:28.6 at the Chile Pepper Festival … Best previous personal-best 8K time by over 30 seconds at the Crimson Classic, clocking 26:24.4 and placing 73rd.
The top freshman performer on the team while competing in all six meets … Posted a career-best 27:05.49 8k in his collegiate debut at the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn. … Clocked 29:12.3 at the LSU Invitational 8k to finish the race in 19th place … Ran in the McNeese Stampede, clocking a 22:25.0 at the four mile course for 17th place … Competed in his first career 10k at the Chile Pepper Festival, clocking a 33:56.6 for 166th place … Competed in the SEC Championships for the first time as an LSU Tiger, clocking an 8k time of 27:48.8 for 110th place overall … Ran in the NCAA South Central Regional, clocking a 34:30.6 over 10k for 108th place in his first NCAA postseason event.
PRIOR TO LSU
Set personal bests of 9:54 in the 3,200 meters and 16:25 in the 5,000 meters during his prep career at Cherokee High School … Was a three-time all-county performer in cross country … Finished in fifth place at his regional meet in 2009 … Earned a personal-best finish of 31st place in the Georgia state cross country championships during his junior season of high school … Was the third-place finisher at his county meet as a sophomore and junior.
Full name is Travis Robert Pope … Born on April 18, 1993 … Parents are Robert and Beth Pope … Has three sisters, Amy, Emily and April … A member of the National Honor Society during his prep career at Cherokee High School in Canton, Ga. … Majoring in history.