Louisiana Tech Hosts Mook 5 Races Saturday
Sept. 19, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's cross country program will open up the 2014 season Saturday morning as it hosts the Mook 5 at Tech Farm in Ruston.
The meet will include a 5,000 meter (5K) for the men at 8:30 a.m. followed by a 5K for the women at 9 a.m. Head Coach Gary Stanley is expecting both men and women's teams from Northwestern State, Grambling, Alcorn State, Louisiana College and Centenary. Southeast Oklahoma State and UL-Monroe, are expected to send competitors to the women's field.
Stanley is entering his 27th season as the head cross country and track coach at Louisiana Tech and will be faced with the task of replacing the top runner on both the men and women's side.
"With Mary Kate Hayes, you have the role of a leader with her being her as long as she was," Stanley said. "Those things are hard to replace. Paul Sakit was a national class runner. I do not think there is anyone here ready to step up to that level with what he ran, specifically on the track. Hopefully we are deeper this year. I think we have a better team this year at three, four, five, six and seven than last season."
Louisiana Tech fans will see a few new faces early on during the 2014 campaign, as freshmen will look to fill some of the voids left behind be graduating seniors.
"The new guys on the men's side would be Kramer Jackson out of St. Paul's and Hayden Schmitz out of New Braunfels, Texas," Stanley said. "Those are two kids I want to take a look at. On the women it is all new. Hayley Berg is from Colorado and looks like our top runner and I am really curious to see how she does on Saturday."
The 2014 schedule features several challenges for the cross country program as it includes a trip to Tuscaloosa, Alabama before wrapping up at the Conference USA Championships in Houston, Texas on Nov. 3rd.
"We are looking forward to the meet at the University of Alabama in mid-October," Stanley said. "That is the first time we are really going to see what these kids can do. Starting this late in September is tough, but we will see. Alabama is going to host the SEC Championships, so their race will have a lot of the SEC teams there that are running, so it should be a very high level meet."
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