Palin, Martingayle Lead the Tigers in College Station
College Station, Texas – Harrison Martingayle and Julia Palin led the LSU men’s and women’s squads at the inaugural Arturo Barrios Invitational on Saturday morning at the Dale Watts Cross Country Course.
The women’s team placed 8th with a team score of 256 points, and the men’s team placed 14th with a team score of 387 points. On the women’s side Florida took the team title with 46 points, and the University of Guelph took the team title in the men’s race with 56 points. Full results can be found at flashresults.com.
“The women ran one of the better races in recent LSU cross country memory today and I’m proud of the effort and the way they competed,” head cross country coach Mark Rinker said. “We are still learning what we can do and what it takes to compete at the level we want to, but I believe we have a couple of better races still ahead of us.
“The men took another step forward today. They were better than two weeks ago and you can see our improvement every day. Harrison (Martingayle) mixed it up with some of the better runners in the SEC and Adam (Wise) really moved well over the last 3k of the race to improve his positioning immensely. There is a lot for us to be excited about for the rest of the season.”
Running in the first 6k race of her career, Julia Palin came through the finishing chute with a time of 21:28.3 to place 22nd in a field that had 215 runners. Palin ran the first 2,000 meters of the race alongside Ersula Farrow and Hannah Bourque as they came through the 2k split in just a little over seven minutes. Farrow was not too far off Palin’s finishing race and she placed 30th with a time of 21:41.8. Bourque was the third LSU runner to cross the finishing line as she placed in 59th with a time of 22:12.1. Alicia Stamey used a solid finishing stretch over the final 2,000 meters of the race to move up 20 spots to place 78th with a time of 22:31.5. Not too far off Stamey’s pace was Katy-Ann McDonald placing 83rd in the race, clocking in at a time of in 22:37.1. Monica Guillot (22:40.2) and Erika Lewis (22:46.6) earned top-100 finishes, with 88th and 96th place showings, respectively.
Harrison Martingayle was LSU’s top finisher at a meet for the second time this season; he placed 28th in the meet that featured 224 runners with an 8k time of 25:08.6. Adam Wise came through the 5k spilt in 81st place, but he overcame that and used a strong finishing stretch to move up 36 spots to place 45th in the race with a time of 25:34.1. Eric Coston was the third Tiger to cross the finish line in 74th place with an 8k time of 25:54.1. Thomas Laville Jr. (116th place/26:32.2) and Kyle Montgomery (148th place/27:04.6) were the fourth and fifth scorers for LSU. Full LSU results can be found below.
Team – 8th Place – 265points
22. Julia Palin – 21:28.3
30. Ersula Farrow – 21:41.8
59. Hannah Bourque – 22:12.1
78. Alicia Stamey – 22:31.5
83. Katy-Ann McDonald – 22:37.1
88. Monica Guillot – 22:40.4
96. Erika Lewis– 22:46.6
121. Sara Funderburk – 23:06.4
167. Amber Desselle – 24:04.2
205. Amelie Whitehurst – 25:56.3
Team – 14th Place – 387 points
28. Harrison Martingayle – 25:08.6
45. Adam Wise – 25:34.1
74. Eric Coston – 25:54.1
116. Thomas Laville Jr. – 26:32.2
148. Kyle Montgomery – 27:04.6
174. Garrett Hamilton – 27:43.7
183. Hayden Courrege – 27:58.2
198. Blake Baldassaro – 28:16.6