McDonald, Coston Lead LSU at Joe Piane Invitational

by Colin Gunther
McDonald, Coston Lead LSU at Joe Piane Invitational

SOUTH BEND, Ind. –  The LSU men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to South Bend, Ind. where they competed in the Joe Piane Invitational on Friday afternoon. The men’s squad competed in the Gold Division 5-mile race and placed fifth overall with 163 points. The women ran the Gold Division 5K where they finished in 10th place with 283 points. This meet was the largest one LSU has competed in thus far as there were over two hundred runners who participated on Friday.
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“The two things we want to be known for is racing courageously and tough” said LSU head coach Houston Franks. “We want other teams to know that when they see our bus that they are in for a tough, hard fought day. Today we did those two things. We are a very young team and progressing very well.  We still have a lot of work to do, but I couldn’t be more pleased at where we are right now.”
The women were the first to run on Friday as they competed in the 5K. Katy-Ann McDonald followed her impressive season debut with another great performance. McDonald crossed the finish line in fourth place with a time of 17:06.13. Junior Alicia Stamey was the next runner to finish for LSU as she placed 40th overall with a time of 17:55.41. Following Stamey was Sara Funderburk who finished with a time of 18:10.80 which was good enough for 59th place.  Rounding out the scoring performances for the Tigers were Adelle Broussard (18:19.07) and Amber Desselle (18:42.99) who finished in 75th and 108th place respectively.

The men’s team followed their title last week at the LSU Invitational with a fifth-place finish in South Bend. The Tigers were led by Eric Coston who finished in ninth place with a time of 24:31.46. Freshman Davis Bove, who is coming off of an impressive debut for LSU, finished in 12th place with a time of 24:38.20. Adam Wise was the next runner to finish for the Tigers as he crossed the finish line with a time of 25:00.28 which was good enough for 27th place. Jackson Martingayle placed 49th overall with a time of 25:22.06 in the second race of his college career. The final runner to score for the men’s squad was Blake Baldassaro who finished in 67th place with a time of 25:35.45.  

Up Next
The Tigers will travel to College Station, Texas to compete in the Arturo Barrios Invitational at the Watts XC Course on Saturday, October 19.
Women’s Results – 5k
4. Katy-Ann McDonald – 17:06.13
40. Alicia Stamey – 17:55.41
59. Sara Funderburk – 18:10.80
75. Adele Broussard – 18:19.07
108. Amber Desselle – 18:42.99
129. Lauren Hendry – 19:01.37
141. Molly McHale – 19:06.76
Men’s Results – 5 Mile
9. Eric Coston. – 24:31.46
12. Davis Bove – 24:38.20
27. Adam Wise – 25:00.28
49. Jackson Martingayle. – 25.22.06
67. Blake Baldassaro – 25:35.45
79. George Femmer – 25:46.11
99. Thomas Laville Jr.– 26:02.72