XC Travels to Lexington for the SEC Championships
Lexington, Ky. – The LSU men’s and women’s cross-country teams will begin postseason action on Friday in Lexington, Ky. at the Masterson Station Park. The men’s team will be the first group to run at 8:05 a.m. CT where they will be running the 8k. The women will follow up at 9:00 a.m. CT in the 6k competition. All of the action from both races can be seen live on the SEC Network Friday morning.
LSU will face off against the rest of the SEC this weekend which includes some of the top teams in the country. The Arkansas men’s XC team is the eighth ranked team in the nation. The conference also includes some of the best women’s cross country teams in the country as Arkansas is ranked third, Vanderbilt is ranked 19th, and Mississippi State is ranked 20th.
The men’s team will head into postseason competition coming off of a regular season where they finished in the top five in four out of their five meets. Eric Coston has been the most consistent runner for the Tigers all season as he has been the top finisher in all four meets he’s competed in. Coston was the first collegiate runner to finish in the 5k at the LSU Invitational where he placed second overall with a time of 14:49.43. He followed that performance up with another top ten finish in the 5-mile at the Joe Piane Invitational. Coston crossed the finish line with a time of 24:31.46 which was good enough for ninth place. He is the top returning finisher from the 2018 SEC Championships. Sophomore Adam Wise has been one of the top three runners in all three meets he’s raced in this season. His highest finish of the season was third place in the 5k at the LSU Invitational (14:57.37).
The Tigers got some help this season from a few freshmen who made an immediate impact. Davis Bove scored in each of the three competitions he’s raced in this season. Bove was also named the SEC Men’s Freshman Runner of the Week in back to back weeks for his efforts in the 5k at the LSU Invitational (15:15.26) and the 5-Mile at the Joe Piane Invitational (24:38.20). He became the first runner in program history to win this award in consecutive weeks. Another freshman who made an immediate impact was Jackson Martingayle who won the SEC Men’s Runner of the week in his first collegiate race. Martingayle started his college career with a fifth-place finish (18:33.1) in the 6k at the McNeese Opener. He was awarded the SEC Men’s Freshman Runner of the Week for his debut performance.
The women’s squad had an impressive regular season where they won both the Nicholls Invitational and the LSU Invitational. Sophomore standout Katy-Ann McDonald was the first Tiger to finish in all three races she’s ran in this season. She made her season debut in the 5k at the LSU Invitational where she finished in first place with a time of 17:24.33. McDonald was able to build off that performance and finish in fourth place out of 193 runners in the 5k at the Joe Piane Invitational (17:06.13). She led the women’s team to a top ten finish in the 5k race in the gold division.
Senior runner Sara Funderburk has been the most consistent runner for the Tigers as she has scored in all five meets this season. Funderburk finished in second place in both the McNeese Opener and the LSU Invitational. She finished with a time of 10:32.0 in the 3k at the McNesse Opener and a time of 18:18.81 in the 5k at the LSU Invitational. Like McDonald and Funderburk, junior runner Alicia Stamey has scored in every competition she’s participated in this season. Stamey’s best performance this season was at the Nicholls Invitational where she placed second overall in the 5k with a time of 19:08.84.
The 2019 SEC Championships will be the first postseason competition that the Tigers will run in before they travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for the NCAA South Central Regionals on November 15.