- Staff Reporter
BATON ROUGE, La. — After successfully wrapping up the team’s lone home event this past weekend, the Nicholls State University cross country program shifts gears quickly back to the road, traveling north once again to the state capital for the LSU XC Invitational on Friday, Sept. 27, battling four opposing squads including regionally-ranked squads LSU & Tulane along with fellow Southland member Southeastern Louisiana.
Per Colonels head coach Stefanie Slekis, the Red & Gray relish the opportunity to match wits against some of the top competition in the area, denoting the importance of seeing league members in action prior to the Southland Conference Championships.
“Our women had a great workout Monday morning and showed they’re ready to bounce back and race 5k well this Friday,” Slekis said. “It is another great opportunity for us to see how we can match up against LSU and Tulane, but I am most excited about the opportunity our women have to race Southeastern. We have yet to beat Southeastern since I arrived at Nicholls and I think it is going to be a very close match up looking at their results from their first meet of the season at Rice. It will be great for our women to face another Southland Conference opponent, especially one of our rivals, before we head the the Blazer Classic in Alabama to face some of the best teams in the South Region.”
Just this past weekend at the Nicholls XC Invitational, the Colonels posted a pair of third-place team finishes behind LSU & Tulane, respectively, picking up strong individual showings from the freshman duo of Elsa Rijpstra and Olari Livingston. The pair notched the Colonels’ only Top 10 placements on the day, with the former grabbing sixth on the women’s side while the latter slotted in at eighth for the men’s field. Notably, the Red & Gray punched two more into the Top 15 individual finishers on the men’s side, as sophomores Dustin Worley & Tyler Granger crossed just seconds apart at 13th & 14th, respectively.
“I am excited for our men to get to drop back down to the 5k distance this Friday at LSU,” Slekis continued. “With our young team, it will be nice for them to be able to focus on just competing well against conference and regional competition at the distance they are familiar with from High School before we put in our last big training block leading into the final three races of the season that will be 8k, 8k, and 10k.”
WHAT: The LSU XC Invitational
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 26 | 5 p.m. (W); 5:40 p.m. (M)
WHERE: Baton Rouge, La. | Highland Road Park
MEDIA: Live Results
LSU XC INVITATIONAL PARTICIPANTS:
Following the conclusion of the LSU XC Invitational, the Colonels receive a well-deserved three-week hiatus from competition before traveling to Montevallo, Ala. for the UAB Blazer Classic on Friday, Oct. 18.
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