The Tigers and Lady Tigers last weekend at the New Orleans Invitational
Steve Franz

XC Teams Set to Compete in Bulldog SEC Preview

Jared Laque
Jared Laque
Communications Student Assistant

ATHENS, Ga. – This Saturday, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams are heading to Athens, Georgia to compete in the Bulldog SEC Preview. The meet will be held at the UGA Golf Course.

The men’s team will begin first with a scheduled start time of 7:30 a.m. CT running the 8k course with the women following on the 6k course at 8:15 a.m. CT. 

The men’s and women’s team are competing against conference competition for the first time this season. The conference foes consist of Texas A&M, Auburn, Tennessee and South Carolina’s women’s team. Georgia Tech will also be competing on Saturday. 

The Tigers and Lady Tigers are both looking to build upon solid starts to their seasons after last weekends’ performances in the New Orleans Invitational. 

Head Coach Mark Rinker is looking forward to the challenge of longer races for both teams and tougher competition. 

“This weekend is a great chance to preview the SEC course and give us an early season test against SEC competition,” Rinker mentioned. “We are still training hard right now, but both the men and women will be ready to compete.”

Juniors Ersula Farrow, Erika Lewis and Hannah Bourque led the women’s team with respective first, second and fourth-place finishes. Their efforts led the Lady Tigers to a first-place team finish in New Orleans last weekend. 

Rinker believes the exposure to conference competition will benefit the women’s team.

“I’m excited to see Erika build on the momentum from last week’s performance,” Rinker said. “Ersula and the younger women are looking good and gaining valuable experience for later in the season.”

The men’s team finished second in New Orleans last weekend, led by sophomore Harrison Martingayle, junior Dajour Braxton and freshman Eric Coston. They finished in fifth, sixth and seventh-place respectively.

Rinker thinks the friendly competition between each other for the Tigers will assist in creating more of a team-effort. 

“This weekend will be a good test for the guys,” Rinker noted. “Harrison, Dajour and Eric ran well together last week so continuing to push each other will be key.”

After finishing up in Athens, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will head home to Baton Rouge where they will host the LSU Invitational at Highland Rd. Park on September 16. The women will start the meet at 7:30 a.m. CT with the men following at 8:10 a.m. CT. 

For the latest information on LSU’s men’s and women’s cross country teams, fans can follow the Tigers and Lady Tigers on Twitter @LSUTrackField and on Facebook by liking LSU Track & Field. 

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