BATON ROUGE - The LSU men's and women's cross country teams will travel to Lake Charles, La., on Saturday to take part in the McNeese Cowboys Stampede held at the Enos Derbonne Sports Complex.
The women will run a 5k race to start the day at 8:45 a.m. CDT followed by the men who will cover a four-mile course beginning at 9:15 a.m.
Running for the Lady Tigers this weekend will be junior Laura Aleman, sophomore Andria Aguilar, senior Laura Carleton, senior Brea Goodman, senior Dakota Goodman, junior Natoya Goule, senior Charlene Lipsey, sophomore Michelle Mobley, junior Leigh-Ann Naccari, and freshman Morgan Schuetz.
For the Tigers senior Roger Cooke, sophomore Philip Dempsey, freshman Zack Farque, freshman Aaron Koenck, sophomore Barrett Miller, sophomore Bryan Mutell, junior Daniel Nally, freshman Travis Pope, sophomore Phillip Primeaux, sophomore William Wiesler, and freshman Jake Wilkinson will be participating in this weekends meet.
"It is good to get a hard week of training in and get a chance to compete," said LSU head coach Mark Elliott. "It is not a very difficult course, but the competition is still good, so this race serves two purposes."
For the Lady Tigers, senior Laura Carleton was named the SEC Women's Runner of the Week following her first-place finish in the LSU Invitational.
Along with her two consecutive top-10 finishes in the Commodore Classic and LSU Invitational, Carleton currently holds the top 6k time for women in the SEC clocking in with a time of 20 minutes, 34.70 seconds.
"We have run pretty strong," said Goodman. "I think we have worked as a team and that is what matters most. We are not trying to run individually. We are trying to run as a team to be the best that we can be."
The Tigers have also improved as the season progresses from their 19th place finish in the Commodore Classic with 481 points, to their second place finish in last weekend's LSU Invitational scoring 72 points.
"With every race comes more experience," said senior runner Roger Cooke. "Everybody is just getting into the flow of things. This race coming up will be another good test for us as we move into the heart of our season."
Other teams competing in this weekend's McNeese Cowboy Stampede include Lamar, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Rowan, Southern, and UL-Lafayette.
After competing at the McNeese Cowboys Stampede on Saturday morning, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 13, with their annual trip to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the Chile Pepper Festival at Agri Park Cross Country Course.