Cross Country Makes Season Debut at the SEC Preview Meet

by Colin Gunther | Communications Student Assistant
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Cross Country Makes Season Debut at the SEC Preview Meet

Baton Rouge, La. –  The LSU men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in their first event of the season on Saturday morning at the University Club.  The women’s team finished in 3rd place with a total of 96 points in the 5k event and the men’s squad placed fourth with 96 points in the 6k run.

Final Results

The Tigers faced off against fellow SEC schools such as Arkansas (M&W), Mississippi State (W), Ole Miss (M&W), and Texas A&M (M&W).  On the men’s side, the Razorbacks claimed the victory with 29 points, the Ole Miss Rebels placed second with 37 points, and Texas A&M finished in third place with 37 points.  The Arkansas women’s team also won, scoring 15 points.  Coming in second was Ole Miss with 46 total points.  Mississippi State placed fourth with 103 points and Texas A&M finished in fifth with 126 points.   Arkansas (No. 1), Ole Miss (No. 2), and Texas A&M (No. 5) were three of the top five ranked teams in the men’s 2020 SEC Cross Country Coaches’ Preseason Polls.  Like the men’s rankings, Arkansas and Ole Miss were the top two ranked women’s teams, respectively and Texas A&M was ranked tenth in the women’s 2020 SEC Cross Country Coaches’ Preseason Polls. 

“I think we did well, the men showed a lot of toughness and relentlessness in the middle of the race” said LSU cross country head coach Houston Franks regarding the team’s performance on Saturday.  “We weren’t perfect, we had some people not have as good of a day as they are capable of, but we also had some who had a really good day.  Opening wise it was great and something we can really build on.  I really liked where our mentality was as we were going after it.  On the men’s side, this is potentially the number one, two and, four teams in the conference and we were mixing it up in there with them.  It’s a good starting spot.” 

“You can always improve on fitness and there are some physiological things we need to get better at” Franks said about what the team can improve on.  “With the men, one thing that we have to improve on that we have done really well in practice but didn’t show today is that we didn’t work as a team in the middle as much.  We separated a little bit too much, so I think we need to execute that part of our race plan a bit better.” 

Julia Palin was the top Tiger to finish as she crossed the finish line in 16th place with a time of 17:51.7 in the 5k event.  Palin ran in her first XC event since 2018, after missing all of last season.  The standout redshirt sophomore returned to form on Saturday, extending her scoring streak to all seven meets she has run in dating back to 2018.   Alicia Stamey was the next one to finish, running a time of 18:01.5 to place 19th.  Like Palin, Stamey extended her scoring streak to seven consecutive meets which includes all six competitions she participated in last season.  Freshman Shelby Spoor made her collegiate debut, scoring in her first meet at LSU.  Spoor ran a time of 18:16.7 to place 22nd overall.  Adele Broussard was the fourth LSU female runner to finish, running a time of 18:25.5 to place 24th.  Rounding out the scoring performances for the women’s team was freshman Molly Canham.  The Teignmouth, England native placed 28th with a 18:32.3 in her LSU debut.    

Davis Bove registered a top ten finish for the men’s team as he placed tenth with a time 17:52.9 to be the top scorer for the Tigers in the 6k race.  Bove was one of the top runners for the Tigers last year as a freshman and his success carried over to Saturday’s season opener as he recorded his sixth career scoring performance.  Eric Coston and Jackson Martingayle were the next two LSU runners to cross the finish line as they placed 19th and 20th respectively.  Coston ran a time of 18:27.2 and Martingayle closely followed with a personal record time of 18:28.3.  The fourth Tiger to finish was freshman Will Dart, who made an immediate impact for the men’s team.  Dart finished in 29th place with a time of 18:55.1.  The last male runner to score was Adam Wise, who ran a time of 18:59.7 to place 32nd overall.  

The Tigers will be back in action on Friday, October 2, where they will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to compete in the Florida State Invitational.  LSU has three remaining meets this season and the rest of the schedule can been seen at lsusports.net.   

Women’s Results – 5k

Team Scores – 3rd (96 points)

16. Julia Palin – 17:51.7

19. Alicia Stamey – 18:01.5

22. Shelby Spoor – 18:16.7

24. Adele Broussard – 18:25.5

28. Molly Canham – 18:32.3

31. Ashley LaJocies – 18:43.4

41. Annie Fink – 19:40.0

42. Rachel James – 19:51.5

45. Catherine Sims – 19:53.9

47. Amber Desselle – 20:00.2

48. Cori Mitchell – 20:26.8

Men’s Results – 6k

Team Scores – 4th (96 Points)

10. Davis Bove – 17:52.9

19. Eric Coston. – 18:27.2

20. Jackson Martingayle – 18:28.3 (PR)

29. Will Dart – 18:55.1

32. Adam Wise – 18:59.7

33. Cade Martin – 19:01.2 (PR)

35. Marshall Buhler – 19:04.8

41. Thomas Laville Jr. – 19:40.1

44. Garrett Hamilton – 20:09.6