– The Louisiana Tech men's cross country team had five finishers in the top 10 to bring home the title, while the women's team had a pair of top 10 finishers to place second at the annual Mook Four on Saturday morning at Tech Farm.
The LA Tech men completed a 4-mile race on a sunny, humid morning at Tech Farm with the Bulldogs finishing in first place with a team score of 29 ahead of Northwestern State (68), Grambling State (79), UAPB (83), Jackson State (111) and Alcorn State (168). LA Tech's men averaged a time of 21:19 on the day with two top-five finishes, five top-10 time and a total of nine athletes in the top 20.
The Lady Techsters placed second with a team score of 72 and average of 17:24 in the 4k race to win the tiebreaker ahead of Grambling State (72). Northwestern State took home the women's title on Saturday with a team total of 29, while ULM (104) placed fourth, following by Alcorn State (111) and UAPB (129).
"I was proud of the guys and thought they ran really well," head coach Gary Stanley
said following the team's home event. "With the women losing three of our top five runners from last year, obviously there are some growing pains, which is to be expected. But like I told them, the one good thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores, so there is room for growth and improvement moving forward."
led the way for the Bulldogs after the sophomore finished in second place with a time of 20:33.6 and an average of 5:08.4 per mile. LA Tech's Austin Ballow
also helped pace the Bulldogs with a fifth-place finish after he posted a time of 21:13.5 (5:18.3/mile) on Saturday morning.
LA Tech sophomore Noah Elder
(21:26.1) came in sixth place overall, following by Mason Youberg
(21:28.9) in seventh and freshman William Harrell (21:50.8) in 10th place. Cooper Krenkels
, another freshman for the Bulldogs, placed just outside the top 10 in 11th place with a time of 21:56.5, while Cameron Farris
followed in 12th place after posting a time of 21:57.2. Rounding out the day for the Bulldogs was Josiah Perez
(22.28.3), John Barham
(22:37.1), Drake Heinz
(23:16.5) and Nathan Bolner
The Mook Four served as the opening event of the season for the Lady Techsters, who was led by freshman Riley Killian
in ninth place with a time of 16:28.3 in Saturday morning's 4k race. Killian averaged a time of 6:36.9 per mile on the day. LA Tech junior Elia Nero
finished out the top 10 with a time of 16:42.7 in the event.
Freshman Emily Milbourn
came in 14th with a time of 17:27.4 in the first event of her collegiate career, while sophomore Elise Bordlee
(18:05.3) and freshman Bethanie Dunn
(18:12.7) finished 19th and 20th, respectively. Closing out the day for the Lady Techsters was Emery Johnson
(18:25.1), Ashley Wingerter
(18:27.7), Macaila Bell
(19:17.2) and Mikayla Stiles (20:06.2).
The Bulldogs return to action on Sept. 27 at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, while LA Tech's women are set to compete next on Sept. 29 at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede in Lake Charles.
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