LA Tech XC Men and Women Sweep Titles at Watson Ford Invitational

Oct. 8, 2017

CLINTON, Miss. - The Louisiana Tech men’s and women’s cross country teams enjoyed a successful Saturday at Choctaw Trails in Clinton, Mississippi, as the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters both claimed the Division I titles at the Watson Ford Invitational, hosted by Mississippi College.

As a whole, the Bulldogs finished the men’s 8k with an average time of 26:56.80 to place first ahead of Jackson State and Alcorn State. LA Tech’s women took home first place among Division I schools with an average time of 25:30.49 to finish ahead of Mississippi Valley State, Jackson State and Alcorn State.

LA Tech’s men had seven runners finish in the top 10, while the Bulldogs were led by Conner Killian who finished the 8k with a total time of 26:18.13 and average mile of 5:17.5 to place third on the day. Killian was joined in the top 10 by Austin Ballow (4th – 26:30.91), Mason Youberg (5th – 27:09.50), Drake Heinz (6th – 27:16.68), Noah Elder (7th – 27:28.75), John Barham (8th – 27:31.76) and Nathan Bolner (9th – 27:47.43). Cameron Farris finished in 12th place with a time of 28:00.50.

In the women’s 6k race, LA Tech was led by Kacie Kaufman who finished in second place with a final time of 23:32.91 and average mile of 6:19 on Saturday. Elia Nero also joined Kaufman as a top five finisher after placing fifth with a time of 25:02.50 in the race. Quinci Middlebrooks was also a top 10 finisher for the Lady Techsters after finishing seventh with a time of 25:19.21. Brianna Hood, Ashley Wingerter, Hayley Berg, Elise Bordlee and Macaila Bell each finished in the top 20 for the race.



Louisiana Tech’s cross country team will race again this next week when LA Tech travels to compete in the Alabama Invitational on Oct. 13 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

For complete coverage of Louisiana Tech Cross Country and Track & Field, please follow @LATechTFXC on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at


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