Cross Country Teams Compete at Texas A&M Invite
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Senior Morgan Schuetz placed ninth to lead the Lady Tigers to a ninth-place finish at the Texas A&M Invitational in the women’s 6k race, while freshman Dajour Braxton finished 43rd to help the Tigers place 12th overall in the men’s 8k race on Saturday morning.
The Lady Tigers finished with 286 points overall to give them a ninth-place finish in the field of 16 women’s teams competing in the meet, while the Tigers totaled 347 points to finish 12th out of 16 men’s teams. Texas swept the men’s and women’s team titles with 37 points and 87 points, respectively.
Schuetz crossed the finish line for the Lady Tigers with a time of 20 minutes, 52.1 seconds, followed by freshman Erika Lewis in 60th place with a 6k time of 22:32.5.
Junior Danielle Avery finished 66th just behind Lewis with a time of 22:41.5, while freshman Hollie Parker clocked 22:49.4 for 71st place. Other Lady Tigers who finished in the Top 100 individually were juniors Elizabeth Dunning (23:11.4) in 80th place, Jenna Walker (23:24.3) in 86th place and sophomore Monica Guillot (23:46.5 in 91st place.
“Morgan ran tough and put herself in good position for the rest of the season,” said LSU head coach Khadevis Robinson. “The women put up a top-10 performance today. When the other women step up and run what I know they are capable of, we should be in good shape.”
For the men, Braxton crossed the line at 24:49.9 for 42nd place and junior Christian Johnson finished just behind with a time of 25:08.1 for 56th place. Freshman Hadyen Kingfisher was the third Tiger to finish with a time of 25:54.3 for 78th place.
Also finishing in the Top 100 for the Tigers were freshman Austin Santacruz (26:07.6) in 84th place, junior Joseph St. Cyr (26:08.5) in 87th place, sophomore DC Lipani (26:11.6) in 89th place and junior Blair Henderson (26:14.2) in 91st place.
“Today was a step up for the program,” Robinson said. “Dajour continued his impressive perfromances. Christian and Hayden both stepped up. The men are starting to realize what’s possible.”
The men’s race included 154 total runners with Houston’s Brian Barraza leading the pack with a time of 23:28.4 to win the 8k race.
Following the Texas A&M Invitational, LSU will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, next Saturday, Oct. 3, for the annual Chile Pepper Festival at Agri Park Cross Country Course. The men’s 8k will begin at 9:45 a.m. CDT, followed by the women’s 6k race at 10:20 a.m.
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MEN (Top 10 and LSU)
1. Texas, 37
2. North Texas, 72
3. Missouri, 106
4. Texas A&M, 116
5. Stephen F. Austin, 126
6. Lamar, 130
7. Houston, 192
8. Texas-Arlington, 193
9. McNeese State, 245
10. Houston Baptist, 273
12. LSU, 347
WOMEN (Top 10 and LSU)
1. Texas, 87
2. Missouri, 92
3. Abilene Christian, 107
4. Texas A&M, 119
5. Stephen F. Austin, 135
6. Rice, 190
7. Lamar, 206
8. Texas-Arlington, 232
9. LSU, 286
10. North Texas, 295
MEN (Winner and LSU only)
1. Brian Barraza (Houston) 23:28.4; 42. Dajour Braxton 24:49.9; 56. Christian Johnson 25:08.1; 78 Hayden Kingfisher 25:54.3; 84. Austin Santacruz 26:07.6; 87. Joseph St. Cyr 26:08.5; 89. DC Lipani 26:11.6; 91. Blair Henderson 26:14.2
WOMEN (Winner and LSU only)
1. Karis Jochen (Texas A&M) 20:05.0; 9. Morgan Schuetz 20:52.1; 60. Erika Lewis 22:32.5; 66. Danielle Avery 22:41.5; 71 Hollie Parker 22:49.4; 80. Elizabeth Dunning 23:11.4; 86. Jenna Walker 23:24.3; 91. Monica Guillot 23:46.5