BATON ROUGE – After 13th and 17th-place overall finishes at the Crimson Classic and a week away from competition, the LSU men’s and women’s cross country teams are set to compete in Southeastern Conference Championships in Gainesville, Fla., Friday at Mark Bostic Golf Course. This will be the second time the teams compete at this course. The Tigers and Lady Tigers also ran there for the Mountain Dew Invitational on Sept. 14.
The men will commence the action, racing the 8k course at 8 a.m. CDT proceeding with the women’s 6k at 9 a.m.
The men return five runners that competed in SEC Championships last year, including juniors Bryan Mutell, Philip Primeaux and William Wiesler; and sophomores Aaron Koenck and Travis Pope. Primeaux (87th) and Wiesler (93rd) return as top-100 finishers from last year’s contest.
The trio will be followed by a youthful squad of Lady Tigers, including redshirt freshmen Meghan Charbonnet, Elizabeth Dunning, Chaiss Matthews and Katie Stevenson; and freshmen Danielle Avery, Jenna Walker and Ashley Welborn are prepared to round out the women’s pack.
The field will be composed of the 14 Southeastern Conference collegiate teams, including USTFCCCA nationally-ranked No. 12 Arkansas’ men’s squad and No. 2 Arkansas and No. 30 Ole Miss women’s squads.
The men’s squad hopes to improve on last year’s contest, where they placed 13th with 378 points. Arkansas took home the men’s title last year with 35 points.
The women’s squad looks to build on their SEC Championships effort, finishing 7th with 199 points. Florida claimed the women’s title with 61 points, narrowly edging out Arkansas and their 71-point finish.
Cross country head coach Khadevis Robinson understands the magnitude of this meet and what it means for his runners to have their best strides.
“This is the SEC Championships. My goal for the team is for everyone to run their best race of the season, which means I want everyone to run a personal best,” Robinson said. “We have a very young women’s team, and this is their first time running in any SEC Championship. The men have a chance to really surprise themselves if they can run together as a team.”
Following the SEC Championships on Friday, the Tigers and Lady Tigers who qualify will travel west to Waco, Texas, where they will compete in the NCAA South Central Regional on Nov 15. The meet will be held at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course with the men’s race starting at 10 am CDT and the women’s race immediately following at 11:15 a.m.