HOUSTON – Freshman Ruby Stauber and senior Ashley Welborn led the Lady Tigers to a fourth-place women’s finish, while sophomore Dajour Braxton placed third individually to lead the Tigers to an eighth-place team finish at the Rice Invitational on Friday evening.
LSU’s women’s team completed the meet with three runners in the top 25 along and four in the top 50 out of 120 participants.
Finishing only 30 seconds behind Abigail Cartwright, female winner from Rice, Stauber completed the women’s 4k race with a time of 14 minutes, 45.69 seconds to end in eighth place. Welborn crossed the finish not too long after as she clocked in with a time of 15:08.67 to earn 13th place.
Sophomore Hannah Bourque was the third finisher for the Lady Tigers. She finished with a time of 15:22.04, good enough for 23rd place.
Junior Rebecca Little finished in 42nd place with a time of 15:59.16, and sophomore Erika Lewis ended with a time of 16:17.47 to earn 53rd place. Junior Ellen Barkemeyer finished in 55th place overall with a time of 16:17.99. Freshman Kailyn McCarley completed with a time of 16:28.50, and junior Hannah Deworth in 16:49.54 to finish in 60th place and 74th place, respectively. Freshman Amelie Whitehurst crossed with a time of 18:39.48 for 113th place.
The Lady Tigers totaled 114 points for the meet for a fourth-place women’s team finish. Rice defended its home course to win the women’s title with 31 points, followed by Stephen F. Austin in second place with 78 points and Houston in third place with 106 points.
For the men, Braxton crossed the finish line with a time of 18:58.39, and junior Christian Johnson finished second for the Tigers with a time of 19:51.19 to earn 33rd place. Behind Johnson was freshman Harrison Martingayle with a time of 20:01.17, which gave him 41st place in his second collegiate meet.
Senior Blair Henderson finished in 58th place for the Tigers with a time of 20:18.05. Finishing with a time of 20:29.52, junior Bryan Stamey ended in 65th place. Fourth for the Tigers was junior DC Lipani, who earned 83rd place with a time of 21:06.31. Sophomore Jackson Fountain crossed in 108th place with a time of 21:55.77.
The Tigers were eighth out of the 14 teams in the men’s team race with 172 points on the night. Texas State (81) edged Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (85) for the men’s team title. The Tigers also trailed McNeese State in third with 110 points, Lamar in fourth with 112 points, Rice in fifth with 127 points, Louisiana-Lafayette in sixth with 152 points and Stephen F. Austin in seventh with 157 points.
“The meet tonight went well for the women,” said LSU head coach Khadevis Robinson. “The women were able to beat a couple of teams that were ranked higher than us in the region. The men will need to have three more people step up. Dajour (Braxton) ran very well. Ruby (Stauber), Ashley (Welborn), and Hannah (Bourque) ran well. I am excited to see how we progress.”
The Tigers and Lady Tigers will return to Baton Rouge next weekend as both teams will compete in the LSU Invitational at Highland Road Park on Sept. 17. The women will begin the meet at 7:30 a.m. CT and the men will start at 8:10 a.m. CT.
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