Cross Country Competes at Rain-Soaked Auburn Course
AUBURN, Ala. – Despite rain soaked conditions the Tiger cross country team came away with a 12th-place finish and the Lady Tigers were 16th at the highly competitive Auburn Invitational Friday afternoon.
Host Auburn clinched the men’s team title scoring just 127 points. Georgia Tech (141) and Tennessee (156) rounded out the top of the men’s team standings.
On the women’s side, Mississippi State captured team gold with 107 points. The Bulldogs were trailed by Indiana (111), Auburn (116), Purdue (134), and Coastal Carolina (145). The Lady Tigers finished with 446 points.
Individually, junior Jimmy Wiggins had the most impressive showing for LSU, finishing among the top-15 with a time of 25:30 over the 8K course. He was followed by sophomore Andrew Huston, juniors Jarett Roche’ and Matt Carroll and freshman Jace Gohres, who all contributed to the Tigers team score.
For the third straight week junior Katie Denton led the Lady Tiger squad. The Baton Rouge native crossed the finish line in 44th-place with a time of 19:20.94 over the 5K course. Following Denton, were sophomores Michelle Hymel (58th, 19:33.88) and Sarah Colosimo (117th, 20:22.73), senior Katrina Flanders (146th, 20:49.88) and freshman Jennifer Radecker (147th, 20:50.29).
“Jimmy Wiggins ran a very good race, but I think as a team we could have run better today,” said LSU cross country coach Mark Elliott. “In a meet of this size you have to get outside and not get caught behind the pack. We weren’t able to do that and it contributed to the fact that we didn’t perform as well as I was hoping we would.
“Sometimes that’s what happens with a young and inexperienced team like we have, but that’s why we run in these type of races.”
Both the Tigers and Lady Tigers return to action next weekend when they travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Chile Pepper Invitational, Oct. 18.