Cross Country Competes in SEC Championships
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The LSU Cross Country teams competed in the Southeastern Conference Championships at Watts Cross Country Course in College Station, Texas, where the men placed 12th with a total of 322 points and the women placed 14th with a total of 436 points.
“We had some personal bests,” Head Coach Khadevis Robinson said. “I have yet to figure out how to get them to race the way I know they can. I have to get better as a coach. I will and I know we will as a team.”
Freshman Dajour Braxton led the Tigers once again by finishing in 30th place on the 8k course with a personal-best time of 24 minutes, 29.2 seconds, beating his time of 24:34.18 at the Chile Pepper Festival by 4.98 seconds.
With Braxton’s top-30 performance, he landed a spot on the SEC Men’s All-Freshman Team.
Junior Christian Johnson was the second runner to finish for the Tigers with a time of 24:53.9 for 51st place. Johnson also set a personal-best time while beating his time of 25:28.34 that he also set at the Chile Pepper Festival
Freshman Hayden Kingfisher, sophomore Daniel Tanner and junior Blair Henderson also placed in the Top 100 for the men’s team, while freshman Jackson Fountain finished just outside of the Top 100 by placing 104th.
Junior Morgan Schuetz was the first runner to cross the finish line for the Lady Tigers, placing 69th overall in the women’s field and clocking 21:41.3.
Freshman Hannah Bourque was the second Lady Tiger to finish with a time of 23:02.3 for 118th place, while freshman Hollie Parker finished one spot behind Bourque in 119th place with a time of 23:05.7.
Juniors Jenna Walker and Elizabeth Dunning placed 124th and 125th, respectively, for the Lady Tigers while finishing five seconds apart. Freshman Rebecca Little and junior Monica Guillot finished shortly behind in 131st and 132nd place to complete the women’s team.
The Arkansas men and women swept the SEC Cross Country Championship titles as the Razorbacks finished with 25 total points in the men’s competition and 38 points in the women’s field.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers travel back to College Station, Texas, next week to compete in the NCAA South Central Regional. The regional meet will take place on Friday, Nov. 13, beginning at 10 a.m. CT.
Last season, the Tigers finished the season at the NCAA regionals held at Fayetteville, Arkansas, placing 12th in the women’s meet and 18th in the men’s meet.
Schuetz looks to improve from last year’s performance, as she placed 46th, while Lipani and sophomore Bryan Stamey return as the two leading freshmen for the Tigers last season finishing in the Top 150.
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1. Arkansas 25
2. Texas A&M
3. Ole Miss 122
4. Kentucky 129
5. Georgia 142
6. Missouri 146
7. Florida 170
8. Auburn 198
9. Alabama 203
10. Miss State
1. Antibahs Kosgei (Alabama), 23:24.2; 30. Dajour Braxton, 24:29.2; 51. Christian Johnson, 24:53.9; 86. Hayden Kingfisher, 25:46.7; 95. Daniel Tanner, 25:58.1; 99. Blair Henderson, 26:09.7; 104. Jackson Fountain, 26:28.7; 111. DC Lipani, 27:05.4
1. Arkansas 38
2. Miss State 95
3. Vanderbilt 112
4. Alabama 143
5. Ole Miss 147
6. Auburn 164
7. Florida 183
8. Missouri 228
9. Texas A&M 249
10. Georgia 267
14. LSU 436
1. Dominique Scott (Arkansas), 19:23.6; 69. Morgan Schuetz, 21:41.3; 118. Hannah Bourque, 23:02.3; 119. Hollie Parker, 23:05.7; 124. Jenna Walker, 23:15.0, 125. Elizabeth Dunning, 23:20.5; 131. Rebecca Little, 23:40.5; 132. Monica Guillot, 24:11.3