BATON ROUGE - After having an off week to rest and train, the LSU cross country teams will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the Chile Pepper Festival meet held at Agri Park XC Course. This will be the team's final regular season meet after competing three straight weeks in a row to begin the season.
"Chile Pepper Festival is the stiffest competition we will face this year," LSU head coach Mark Elliott said. "We will find out this weekend what kind of team we have on both sides. A lot of conference and regional teams will be at the meet. It is a fair course so I always look forward running there."
The Lady Tigers, led by seniors Laura Carleton and Dakota Goodman, and junior Natoya Goule, are coming off of two consecutive overall first place finishes. These wins came in the LSU Invitation and McNeese Cowboy Stampede meets.
"We are running fabulously," Goodman said. "Although we have only really competed against smaller Louisiana teams, it has been a helpful ego booster going into these next few races feeling confident and strong as a team."
On the men's side, the Tigers look forward to competing in their first 10K race of the season and plan to post a solid performance with the help of senior runner Roger Cooke.
"It will be crucial for us to run well in this 10K race to show everyone what this Tiger team is all about," Cooke said.
The men will begin the day by running the 10K race starting at 9:45 a.m. CDT followed by the women's 6k at 10:30 a.m.
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