Five SEC cross country teams were in action last weekend. A team-by-team recap of the weekend follows:
Senior Jessica Pascoe added another individual title to her resume on Friday, as she led the Florida women to a sixth-place finish at the Virginia/Panorama Invitational, while the men finished ninth. The Gators recorded four top-50 finishes in the women's 6k race, in addition to several personal records, while Matt Clark emerged as Florida's top-finisher in the men's 8k race with a personal best performance. The Florida women tallied 157 points to finish sixth overall. No. 11 Michigan State would claim first (42 points), while Yale (98 points) and Kentucky (143 points) followed. On the men's side, the Gators finished ninth with 286 points, as No. 22 Virginia claimed first overall (35 points), followed by Michigan State (82 points) and Charlotte (109 points).
Kentucky got back into action on Friday morning in Virginia at the Panorama Farms Invitational hosted by the University of Virginia. The men's team finished sixth overall on 159 points in an 8,000-meter competition while the women's team finished third overall on 143 points over a 6k course. On the men's side, Virginia took home the victory with 35 points and Michigan State won the women's race on 42 points. Brennan Fields, who finished 16th in 24:27.1, led Kentucky to its sixth-place finish in Virginia. Perri Bockrath led the way for the women's team, finishing 20th in 21:23.1 to help Kentucky earn a third-place finish. The Wildcats will be back in action next Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Louisville at the Greater Louisville Classic.
The LSU men's and women's cross country teams both won titles as the hosting team in the 2019 LSU Invitational at Highland Road Park on Friday night. Both the men and women ran the 5k where the men's squad scored a total of 25 points and the women scored 26 points. The men's and women's Tigers have claimed titles in back to back meets. The women were the first group to run and were led by sophomore Katy-Ann McDonald who placed first overall with a time of 17:24.33. Over on the men's side junior Eric Coston made his season debut and made an immediate impact. Coston was the top collegiate finisher overall as he came in second place with a personal best time of 14:49.43 in the 5k.
Mizzou Cross Country opened the Gans Creek Cross Country Course with an incredible performance on Friday evening in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers had both the men and women claim team victories, sweeping the second of two home meets this season. Mizzou senior Jordyn Kleve (Urbandale, Iowa) and junior Sarah Chapman (Maidenhead, England) led the women's side with third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively. Meanwhile, redshirt senior Thomas George (Gloucester, England) was victorious in the men's 8K race, posting a winning time of 24:49.9. To back up George's winning effort, a number of Tigers followed him with strong performances to edge Texas A&M by a total of only two team points.
Texas A&M men and women each placed second in the Gans Creek Classic hosted by Missouri on Friday, with the Tigers sweeping the team titles on its brand new Gans Creek Cross Country Course. The Aggie men finished two points behind Missouri, 55-57, while the A&M women totaled 42 points with Missouri scoring 28 for the team victory. Kelsie Warren led the Aggie women, covering the 6,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 19.6 seconds, as she finished as the top collegian and second overall, behind post-collegian Kaitlyn Shea, who won in 21:12.4. A&M newcomer Eric Casarez, a sophomore, made his debut with Texas A&M, leading the team with a third-place performance as he covered the 8,000-meter course in 25:08.6. Missouri's Thomas George won the men's race in 24:49.9 with Adam Fogg of Drake runner-up in 24:57.4.