Men 8th, Women 9th at SEC XC Championship

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Men 8th, Women 9th at SEC XC Championship

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Amassing identical team totals of 229 points the LSU cross country teams came away from the 2002 SEC Championships with an eighth place finish on the men’s side and a ninth place showing on the women’s side Monday at the UF Golf Course.

Perennial powerhouse Arkansas swept the meet’s team honors as the men won their 29th straight conference title (31 points) and the Lady Razorbacks took home their sixth straight SEC crown (39). Alabama (52) and Florida (76) rounded out the men’s top-three, while Kentucky (78) and Tennessee (86) stayed in the medal count on the women’s side.

Individually, Alabama’s David Kimani led the men’s field with a meet-winning time of 24:05.18. LSU’s top-two finishers, Andrew Huston and Tomario Thomas, were separated by less then a second on the 8K course to finish 41st and 42nd, respectively, with times of 27:20.38 and 27:21.86. Other Tiger contributing to the team score included Roland LaBlanc (27:39.88), Jarrett Roche (27:47.67) and Ben Shumaker (28:03.38).

Arkansas’ Christin Wurth took home the women’s individual title winning the 6K race with a time of 21:04.87. As expected senior Marian Burnett paced the Lady Tigers finishing with a team-best 22:48.52 clocking to place 26th overall. Michelle Hymel was the next LSU runner to cross the finish line concluding the race with a time of 23:46.25. Katie Denton (23:59.94), Sandra Smith (24:33.48) and Katrina Flanders (25:09.42) also contributed to the team score for LSU.

The LSU cross country team will return to action Sat., Nov. 16 when it travels to Waco, Texas for the 2002 NCAA Regional Championships.

2002 SEC CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Men’s Team Results
1. Arkansas 31
2. Alabama 52
3. Florida 76
4. Tennessee 105
5. Georgia 106
6. Auburn 152
7. Kentucky 182
8. LSU 229
9. Vanderbilt 257
10. Ole Miss 302

LSU’s Individual Men’s Results
41. Andrew Huston, 27:20.30
42. Tomario Thomas, 27:21.86
46. Roland LaBlanc, 27:39.88
48. Jarrett Roche, 27:47.67
52. Ben Shumaker, 28:03.38
57. Jason Laine, 28:34.92
62. Nick Accardo, 29:20.16
67. Matt Carroll, 31:02.15

Women’s Team Results
1. Arkansas 39
2. Kentucky 78
3. Tennessee 86
4. Auburn 117
5. Miss. St. 140
6. Florida 152
7. Georgia 188
8. Vanderbilt 210
9. LSU 229
10. Alabama 291
11. South Carolina 305
12. Ole Miss 331

LSU’s Individual Women’s Results
26. Marian Burnett, 22:48.52
46. Michelle Hymel, 23:46.25
51. Katie Denton, 23:59.94
62. Sandra Smith, 24:33.48
71. Katrina Flanders, 25:09.42
78. Sarah Bailey, 25:47.67
85. Anne Simpson, 27:03.00