LSU Cross Country Heads to Tennessee for SEC Championships
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – The
LSU men’s and women’s cross country teams enter the 2011 Southeastern
Conference Cross Country Championships having each produced top-three
finishes in three of four competitions this season.
The races will be held on Monday at Lambert Acres Golf Course in Maryville, Tenn.
Tigers also own four of the five best SEC individual times over four
miles this season. Cullen Doody, Richard Chautin and Roger Cooke’s
times of 19:40.00, 19:48.41 and 20:13.00 are the three fastest at that
distance in the conference this season respectively. William Wiesler’s
time of 20:36.00 at McNeese is the fifth best time over four miles in
the conference this year.
“Our realistic expectation for this
meet is to have each runner go out and perform their best,” LSU head
coach Mark Elliott said. “We know that is a difficult goal to reach,
but we think we can achieve it. We’ll let the chips fall where
they may from there in terms of the team.”
The LSU men are coming off a 17th place performance at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., two weeks ago.
Tigers were led by Doody in Arkansas. The Arabi, La. native came across
the finish line in 50th place with a time of 30 minutes 59.5 seconds
over 10,000 meters.
The next two LSU runners to finish were
Chautin and Cooke with 69th and 107th place finishes of 31:20.1 and
The remaining Tigers were Philip Primeaux
(32:47.2) in 152nd place, Wiesler (34:50.2) in 224th place, Philip
Dempsey (34:58.8) in 229th place and Daniel Nally (35:26.8) in 241st
LSU women’s team will be led by Leigh-Ann Naccari who holds the 19th
best 5k performance of 2011 in the SEC with a time of 17:48.00 at
The Lady Tigers most recently notched a 20th place finish at the Chile Pepper Festival.
Charlene Lipsey was the 69th runner to finish in Arkansas, stopping the clock at 22:10.0 over 6k to lead the Lady Tigers.
remaining LSU women's runners were Naccari (22:43.6) in 106th place
overall, Laura Aleman (23:24.5) in 148th place, Dakota Goodman
(23:28.2) in 154th place, Brea Goodman (23:29.7) in 155th place, Andria
Aguilar (24:32.3) in 200th place, Christine Derbins (25:22.7) in 229th
place, Michelle Mobley (26:36.3) in 268th place and Lindsay Roe
(28:13.3) in 283rd place.
The SEC Cross Country Championships are being held in Maryville, Tenn., for the first time since 1998.
know the course will be hilly based on where it is,” Elliott said. “We
drive over an hour every week to train on hills so we can prepare for
courses like the one we will face.”