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SEC Cross Country Roundup - Sept. 23

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Photo: Arkansas Athletics

The No. 21 Razorback men's cross country team battled to a 10th-place finish posting a score of 311-points, paced by Preston Cates, Friday morning at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown hosted at Franklin Park. Preston Cates made his 2019 debut for Arkansas by leading the Razorbacks from start to finish, using only 24 minutes, 52 seconds to complete the 8k course amongst a field of teams that included No. 3 Washington and No. 13 Syracuse. Crossing the finish line after Cates were Myles Richter (25:31) in 64th-place, Carter Persyn (25:34) in 68th-place, and Graham Brown (25:38) in 72nd-place. Rounding out the scoring for the Razorbacks was Sam Boone (25:53) in 85th-place. Placing four runners in the top-10, the No. 5 Razorback women's cross country team emerged from the stacked field at the John McNichols Invite as Champions, racing to a 1st-place finish with a score of 49-pointsSaturday morning at the LaVern Gibson cross country course. Taylor Werner made her 2019 debut for Arkansas by leading the Razorbacks from start to finish, needing just 16 minutes, 24 seconds to complete the 5k course amongst a field of teams that included No. 3 Washington, No. 4 Michigan, No. 8 Stanford and (RV) Northern Arizona. Werner, who broke the course record, was followed closely by Cal-Poly transfer Katie Izzo who finished third-overall in a time of 16:39.

The LSU men's and women's Cross Country teams came away with titles at the Nicholls Invitational Saturday morning at the Nicholls Farm. The men's squad scored a total of 31 points in the 4-mile competition and the women scored 23 points in the 5k. This is first win of the season for both the men and women Tigers. Sophomore Alicia Stamey made her season debut on Saturday and made an immediate impact for the Tigers by finishing in second place overall with a time of 19:08.4. Senior Sara Funderburk was able to build off of her impressive performance at the McNeese Opener by crossing the finish line in third place with a time of 19:13.33. The top finisher for the men's side was sophomore Thomas Laville Jr. who came in fourth place overall with a time of 21:13.77. Following Laville Jr. was transfer George Femmer who made his LSU debut on Saturday. Femmer crossed the finish line in fifth place with a time 21:20.21.

South Carolina
The South Carolina women's cross country team came in second at the Adidas XC Challenge with its top-13 performers posting PRs on Friday evening at the WakeMed Soccer Park. Heather Stone finished as the third collegiate runner and fifth overall with a time of 17:14.2, topping her previous PR by over 13 seconds. Brooke Wilson was the next Gamecock to come across the line at 18:12.9, crushing her PR by 45 seconds. Finishing in a pack of five, Anna Kathryn Stoddard, Maryah Nasir, Cheyenne Young, Kelsey Larkin and Hillary Neely all passed their previous best times. Along with that pack, six more Gamecocks set personal bests.