Cross Country to Host LSU Invitational
BATON ROUGE — The LSU men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action Saturday as the Tigers host the LSU Invitational at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge, La.
Joining LSU in the field of 12 will be state schools McNeese State, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern, SUNO, Tulane, Xavier (Louisiana), UL-Lafayette and UL-Monroe, along with Houston and Jackson State.
The women lead off with a 6K race at 8:35 a.m. CDT. The men follow with an 8K race at 8:45 a.m.
Coming off second place finishes at the MSU Invitational, the teams look to carry momentum from last weekend into this weekend’s races.
“The goal is to try to get better every week,” cross country coach Mark Elliott said. “The kids are very excited about this weekend.”
The Tigers have traditionally run very well at home. In last year’s meet, the men placed third, while the women finished fourth in the 17-team field.
“We definitely have certain advantages being at home,” said Elliott.
Following his first career win last weekend, junior Richard Chautin aims to set the pace again for the men’s team. He finished sixth in the 2008 LSU Invitational with a time of 25 minutes, 31.80 seconds. Senior Tim Landry will also attempt to follow up on a strong performance in Starkville.
The men will benefit from the return of senior Alan Sticker who was held out of last weekend’s meet because of injury.
“We’re finally going to get Alan Sticker to run this week,” Elliott said. “He will be a huge addition to the team, so our team will be at full-strength.”
For the women, junior Laura Carleton hopes to build off her career-best time of 18:44.10 at the MSU Invitational. Joining Carleton will be Brea and Dakota Goodman, who both placed in the top 10 in their first races as Tigers.
“Laura ran very well,” said Elliott. “The Goodman twins also ran very well. They are really helping the team so far.”
Fans are encouraged to arrive to Highland Road Park early as the festivities begin with a high school girls race at 8 a.m., before the women’s 6K run at 8:35 a.m.
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