LSU Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Win Their Own Invitation – Tiger Rag

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The LSU men’s and women’s cross country teams won the team titles Friday at the LSU Invitational at the University Club.

Jackson Martingayle of LSU won the men’s 6K race with a time of 18:09, and Lorena Rangel of LSU finished first in the women’s 5K with a time of 17:17:70.

The LSU men’s team racked up 17 points for first place, followed by Nicholls (47), Southern (91), Alcorn State (117), Xavier (La.) (122) and Southeastern Louisiana (147).

The LSU women’s first-place total was 20 points, followed by Nicholls (67), Alcorn State (92), Southeastern Louisiana (114), Texas A&M-Texarkana (115), Southern (144) and Dillard (171) .

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The LSU men quickly took control of their race and took the top two places in the race to senior Jackson Martingayle (18 minutes 9 seconds) and junior Will Dart (18:31.40.)

Despite the heat and humidity on the course, Martingayle was way ahead of the competition, crossing the finish line 22 seconds ahead of the other runners.

“About two miles into the race, I felt it was time to step up the effort and push myself to get a better time,” Martingayle said. “When a gap started to form, I still felt like I could go on faster.”

Rookie Dillon Nimmers (18:38.50) was fifth, followed by Jack Wallace (18:50.10) and Tyler Stevens (18:56.10) in seventh and eighth, respectively.

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The women performed excellently, taking home four of the first five times and being the only team to have multiple runners break the 18-minute mark in the 5K.

Second year Lorena Rangel looked strong coming in and took first place with a time of 17:17.70.

Michaela Rose (17.27.10), Ella Chesnut (17:36.30) and Cindy Bourdier (17:58.70) secured the team victory by finishing third, fourth and fifth respectively.

“They did a great job controlling the race ahead as a group,” LSU cross country coach Houston Franks said of the women’s performance. “They closed the race really well and kept the pack together.”


LSU will have two weeks to train before traveling to Tallahassee, Florida for the Florida State XC Open on Friday, October 7th.

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