- Staff Reporter
BATON ROUGE, La. — The Nicholls State University cross country program put together a competitive performance at Friday evening’s LSU XC Invitational, grabbing a fourth-place overall finish for the women’s squad while the men picked up fifth on the final team leaderboard. Individually, freshman Elsa Rijpstra posted an impressive showing in the women’s field, notching yet-another Top 10 finish behind her ninth-place run; on the men’s side, sophomore Dustin Worley led the way for the Colonels, slotting an 18th overall placement.
The Red & Gray clinched two more inside the women’s Top 15 as freshmen Skyler Goodman & Augusta Marie Grønberg Christensen crossed the finish line at 11th & 12th, respectively, with just a 17-second gap between the pair. Nicholls closed out the scoring runners with sophomore Faith Keter & junior Eleana Callejas — grabbing 22nd & 23rd — while freshmen Myah Robichaux & Willow Johnson slotted solid showings at 24th & 27th, respectively. Junior Joyce Kiplagat, sophomore Julia Garcia Verges & freshman Summer Seal closed out the pack for the Red & Gray at 35th, 36th & 40th on the final leaderboard.
The final team scoring saw the women clinch fourth place overall, outpacing Southern (134, fifth) in the final rankings and falling short of fellow Southland member Southeastern Louisiana (third, 68). Host LSU secured the meet victory behind just 26 points while Tulane captured second with 60 total points.
Meanwhile, the men’s squad saw freshman Olari Livingston slot a 22nd overall finish while sophomore Tyler Granger clocked a final placement at 27th. The freshmen pair of Preston Whisenhunt & Octavio Vasquez-Tilley wrapped up the scoring for the Colonels, notching 31st & 37th on the individual leaderboard. While neither contributed to the final scoring decision, both freshman Hunter Batt and sophomore Cameron Carter posted competitive performances, capturing 42nd & 47th, respectively.
For team scoring, the Red & Gray ranked fifth just behind Southern (96, fourth) while LSU (25, first), Tulane (60, second) and Southeastern Louisiana (75, third) rounded out the meet’s top team finishes.
Following a highly-competitive four weeks to open the season, the Colonels receive a well-deserved three week hiatus, next traveling to the UAB Blazer on Friday, Oct. 18 in Montevallo, Ala.
For more information on Colonels Track & Field/Cross Country, follow the team on Twitter (@Nicholls_XCTF), Instagram (@geauxcolonels) and like their Facebook page (Nicholls Athletics).
Article sourced from provided press release.