BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s and women’s cross country teams begin their 2013 season Saturday when they compete in Florida’s Mountain Dew Invitational at the Mark Bostic Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.
The men will run the 8k course at 6:55 a.m. CDT and the women will race the 6k course at 7:30 a.m.
This meet will serve as a preliminary to the 2013 SEC Cross Country Championship, which will take place at the same course on Nov. 1.
“We have an extremely young team,” Robinson said of this year’s group of Tigers and Lady Tigers. “It’s a fairly inexperienced team. That’s going to make a bit of a challenge. I do think that if we can put the proper amount of work in, then in about two or three weeks, we should start seeing some improvements.”
Buck Baker, Kevin Kirchner, Matthew Rhorer and Joseph St. Cyr are also set to run with the men in their collegiate debuts.
Elizabeth Dunning, Chaiss Matthews, Jenna Walker, and Ashley Welborn will round out the women’s pack.
The Tigers will be competing against 26 other schools in the meet, including SEC opponents Auburn, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.
After competing in the Mountain Dew Invitational on Saturday, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will return to Baton Rouge for the LSU Invitational on Sept. 21 for their only home meet of the season. The meet will be held at Highland Road Park with the women’s 6k beginning at 8:05 a.m. followed by the men’s 8k at 9:15 a.m.