CARLETON LEADS TIGERS TO EXCEPTIONAL SEASON
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lady
Tiger senior Laura Carleton has officially wrapped up the 2012 cross
country season as an All-South Central Regional selection as the
all-region teams were announced this week by the U.S. Track & Field
and Cross Country Coaches Association.
After making the decision to redshirt during the 2011 season, Carleton
returned to lead the Lady Tigers to an exceptional season this fall
while also pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration following
her undergraduate studies.
“This is my senior season and fifth year on the team,” Carleton said.
“I think after sitting out last season, I have a deeper appreciation
for the sport.”
Carleton was the leader of a Lady Tiger squad that finished in the Top
10 of every meet in which they competed this fall, including
first-place finishes at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede and LSU
In each of these races, Carleton was the frontrunner for the Lady
Tigers while placing fifth at the Commodore Classic, first at the
McNeese Cowboy Stampede, first at the LSU Invitational, fourth at the
Chile Pepper Festival, 12th at the SEC Championships and 20th at the
NCAA South Central Regional.
For her performance, Carleton was named Women’s SEC Runner of the Week
on September 24, 2012, honored as an All-SEC Second Team member and
placed on the NCAA South Central All-Region team.
“Overall the women had a great season,” said LSU head coach Mark Elliott. “It is one of the best seasons we have ever had.”
Carleton is not only impressive on the cross country course, but in the
classroom as well. She has been voted to the College Sports Information
Directors of America Academic All-District VI First Team for two
consecutive years after maintaining a 4.0 cumulative grade-point
average for her collegiate career.
Carleton was also the recipient of the University Medal, which she
received in May 2011 after posting the top cumulative grade-point
average for her graduating class and earning a degree in management.
“Laura is basically just a confident student-athlete,” Elliott said.
“She does great academically and is one of the top distance runners in
the conference. It just goes to show hard work does pay off.”