McDonald and Spoor Earn Selections on All-SEC Teams
Baton Rouge, La. – Sophomore Katy-Ann McDonald and freshman Shelby Spoor were awarded a spot on one of the All-SEC teams for their performances in the 6k at the SEC Cross Country Championships on Friday, Oct. 30. Katy-Ann McDonald was named to the Second Team All-SEC and Shelby Spoor was awarded a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team.
McDonald led the Tigers to the program’s best finish at the conference championships since 1999 as she finished in 12th place with a time of 20:33.8 in the 6k. Her 12th place finish at the SEC’s was the team’s best individual finish at the meet since Laura Carleton placed 12th in 2012. McDonald was one of the top two LSU finishers in each of the three meets she competed in during the season. The London, England native’s best finish of the season came in her season debut meet, the Florida State Invitational, where she won the silver medal with a time of 17:36.40 in the 5k run. She followed up that performance with a fourth place finish and a time of 20:51.30 in the 6k at the Arturo Barrios Invitational. The runners that crossed the finish line in between seventh and 14th place were awarded with a selection on the Second Team All-SEC. McDonald finished the season as one of the team’s top runners and will look to do so again as she will be eligible to return for another cross country season in 2021.
Shelby Spoor was the other LSU runner to be awarded with All-SEC honors as she was one of the top seven freshmen in the women’s 6k race. Spoor was the fifth freshman to finish, 37th overall, and ran a time of 21:16.3 to contribute towards the Tiger’s fifth place team finish in the conference championships. She became the first female LSU runner to be named to the SEC All-Freshman team in the history of the program. The freshman made a significant contribution to the women’s squad as she scored in each of the four meets she ran in during the season. Spoor was the third LSU runner to cross the finish in her collegiate debut as she placed 22nd with a time of 18:16.7 at the LSU SEC Preview Meet. Her best finish of the season came in the team’s first road competition at the Florida State Invitational where she placed eighth in the 5k Open with a time of 18:18.0. Spoor recorded another scoring performance at the Arturo Barrios Invitational where she placed 16th with a time of 21:37.0.
The Tigers wrapped up their season by hosting the SEC Championships in Baton Rouge on Oct. 30. The women’s squad’s fifth place finish was LSU’s best conference finish in 21 years. For the full results of this cross country season check out lsusports.net