LA Tech Men XC Sweep Mook Four Triple-Duals, Women XC Register Top Two Finishers
Sept. 16, 2017
RUSTON – The Louisiana Tech men’s cross country team won all three of its triple duals while the women’s cross country team registered the top two individual finishers on a foggy Saturday morning at the annual Mook Four at Tech Farm.
The LA Tech men, running a 4-mile race on the hilly course with not much visibility, defeated Jackson State (25-35), Northwestern State (24-34) and Grambling State (26-31). They were anchored by two top-10 individual finishers.
The LA Tech women, running a 4K race under different conditions as the fog cleared and the sun heated the course up, defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff (17-46).
“We are very young on the men’s side with no seniors and mostly freshmen and sophomores,” head coach Gary Stanley said. “I thought for their first collegiate 4-miler they did well. The women, to finish one-two and not put a lot of emphasis on distance events, I thought they did a great job and was very pleased with them. It was a tough course and the teams ran hard.”
The Bulldogs finished with an average time of 22:12, anchored by two top-10 finishers in sophomore Austin Ballow and freshman Conner Killian. Ballow came in sixth with a time of 21:31.9, followed closely by his teammate Killian with a time of 21.33.1.
LA Tech had back-to-back finishers again at the 17th and 18th spot with junior Drake Heinz (22:31.2) and sophomore Nathan Bolner (22:38.2), respectively. Also finishing in the top-25 individually were freshman Noah Elder (22:42.8) in 20th and freshman Mason Youberg (22:45.7) in 21st.
In the first event of the season for the Lady Techsters, junior Kacie Kaufman defeated her Mook Four title as she separated herself from the field, coming in first place with a time of 15:42.6. The honorable mention All-Louisiana selection who was LA Tech’s top finisher in all four meets a year ago, recorded an average mile of 6:18.5.
Fellow teammate sophomore Elia Nero made it a one-two finish for the Techsters as she was the runner-up finisher with a time of 16:04.3. Also placing in the top-10 for LA Tech was junior Quinci Middlebrooks who came in 10th with a time of 17:37.6.
Rounding out the event for the Lady Techsters were freshman Brianna Hood in 16th (18:32.3), junior Ashley Wingerter in 18th (18:43.5), senior Hayley Berg in 20th (19:05.1) and sophomore Macaila Bell in 21st (19:20.9).
Both are tentatively scheduled to compete at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville two weeks from now on Sept. 30.
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