Cross Country Teams Travel to NCAA Regional

by Jared Laque
Cross Country Teams Travel to NCAA Regional

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the second time in three weeks, LSU’s men’s and women’s cross country teams head back to the home of the Razorbacks to compete in the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday as the meet will be held again at Agri Park.

The women’s 6k race is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. CT followed by the start of the men’s 10k race at Noon.

Previously in the SEC Championships, the Tigers and Lady Tigers earned 11th and 12th-place team finishes respectively. Sophomore Dajour Braxton led the men’s efforts, finishing in 36th-place. Freshman Ruby Stauber finished first on the women’s team as she placed 54th.

Joining Braxton for the men’s team are senior Christian Johnson, junior DC Lipani and freshman Harrison Martingayle. Lipani and Johnson were the second and third respective Tigers to finish in the conference championships. Lipani finished 58th while Johnson crossed in 68th-place. Martingayle was the fourth member of the men’s team as he earned 84th-place individually.

For the Lady Tigers, Stauber is accompanied by senior Ashley Welborn and sophomore Hannah Bourque. Welborn and Bourque were the second and third finishers respectively for the women’s team in the SEC Championships. Welborn finished in 83rd-place while Bourque placed 98th individually.

Head Coach Khadevis Robinson is looking forward to how his runners compete on Friday.

“I’m only taking a small group,” Robinson noted. “For some, it’s for them to get familiar with a 10k and for the experience. For others, it’s for them to take big risks and go for it.”

The men will be running against 26 other schools and 24 on the women’s side. Among the 26 for the men’s competition will be conference foes Arkansas and Kentucky. Arkansas is currently ranked sixth in the Men’s USTFCCCA national rankings while Kentucky is receiving votes.

The Lady Tigers main competitors will be host Arkansas and Baylor who find themselves ranked seventh and 25th respectively in the Women’s USTFCCA national rankings.

The top two teams and the top four individuals not among the top two teams will earn an automatic spot in the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Saturday Nov. 19.

For the latest information on LSU’s men’s and women’s cross country teams, fans can follow the Tigers and Lady Tigers on Twitter @LSUTrackField and on Facebook by liking LSU Track and Field.