Braxton Named SEC XC Runner of the Week

by Taylor Brown
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Braxton Named SEC XC Runner of the Week

BATON ROUGE — LSU men’s cross country runner Dajour Braxton has been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Freshman Cross Country Runner of the Week after helping the Tigers finish first at the LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge, La.

Braxton placed first at the LSU Invitational completing the 5k course with a time of 15 minutes, 20.65 seconds, which is currently the best 5k time by a freshman in the SEC this season.

The Las Vegas, Nevada, native finished 18 seconds in front of the runner-up, LSU junior runner Christian Johnson, and averaged 4:57 per mile. Braxton is coming off his second individual win of the season after placing first at the LSU Invitational and the Allstate Sugar Bowl Festival.

Braxton has helped the LSU men capture two first-place victories this season, the first time in LSU men’s cross country history since 2002 when the Tigers won the Tulane Invitational and the LSU Invitational.

Braxton is the second freshman for the Tigers in the last two years to be named SEC Freshman Cross Country Runner of the Week. Last season DC Lipani was named SEC Freshman Cross Country Runner of the Week after helping the Tigers finish runner-up at the McNeese State Cowboy Stampede in 2014.

Before Braxton and Lipani, the last male runner to earn SEC weekly honors was Drew Haro, who earned SEC Men’s Athlete of the Week in 2005.