@LATechTandF Men Dominate Mook 5
Sept. 20, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's men's cross country team dominated in its season-opening meet Saturday, placing five in the top six overall at the Mook 5 meet held at Tech Farm.
Overall, the Bulldogs placed eight runners in the top 10 overall on the men's side.
"We assigned them to different groups and wanted them to stay together," Louisiana Tech Head Coach Gary Stanley said of the men's team. "This was our first race of the year. Most of the other teams have already run a race or two. The plan was to group up like that. Overall, I was very pleased with the guys. I thought all top eight that we ran, ran extremely well."
Taylor Ashton led the way for the Bulldogs and finished second on the 5K course with a time of 15:41.60. Ashton held the lead with merely yards to go but was passed at the finish line by Joshua Wilkens from Northwestern State.
"It was very disappointing," Stanley said. "He thought he had it in the bag. Nobody told him the guy was coming, but he'll survive. He thinks back to where he was four years ago and he is very happy to be in a position to win a race."
Hayley Berg, a freshman from Loveland, Colorado, finished ninth overall in her Louisiana Tech debut with a time of 20:43.6.
"She did phenomenal," Stanley said. "I think if you asked her, she would say she is fairly pleased. The times can go out the window because of the weather. In terms of the amount of quality workouts we have had with (Hayley) because of the heat and her adaptation to the heat, we are ahead of where we thought we would be."
Other scorers on the women's side included Brittany McCrum who finished in 23:37.8, Caroline Fontenot who finished in 24:40.7, Cassie Divin who finished in 26:41.9 and Marlesia Carey who finished in 26:58.3.
This was the first meet held by Louisiana Tech at Tech Farm and it provided new challenges compared to Lincoln Parish Park where the Mook 5 had been held in the past.
"I think the hills and the heat and humidity were the challenge. The course itself is as good as any course in the Southeast. If you go to Fayetteville or Mississippi State, you will realize that this is phenomenal. Gary Kennedy has worked his behind off to make this happen for Louisiana Tech and Ruston High. It is just a great venue. I cannot tell you how lucky we are to have this facility."
Tech's men next compete at North Texas on Sept. 27 while the women next run at Mississippi College on Oct. 4.
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