LA Tech Cross Country Set to Compete at NCAA Regionals

Nov. 10, 2016

RUSTON, La. - Four members of Louisiana Tech's cross country team is gearing up to compete in the NCAA South Central Regional Championship, which will be hosted by Arkansas Friday at Agri Park in Fayetteville.

The championship is set to begin at 11 a.m. Friday with the women's 6,000-meter race, which will feature two Lady Techsters in Kacie Kaufman and Elia Nero. The men's 10,000-meter race will follow at 12 p.m. Friday with Manoah Kiptum and Austin Ballow set to represent LA Tech on the men's side.

"Running in the NCAA Regional meet is an honor for these student-athletes and an important step onto the national stage for all four of them," head coach Gary Stanley said.

Kiptum recently earned second team All-Conference USA honors after a 12th place finish in the C-USA Championships two weeks ago in Charlotte. The sophomore closed out the regular season as the Bulldogs' top finisher in all five meets he competed in this fall. In 2015, Kiptum competed in the NCAA South Central Regionals in College Station and finished 56th overall in a field of more than 160 runners with a time of 31:56.8 in the 10k race.

Austin Ballow, a freshman for the Bulldogs, has recorded three top 10 finishes in the first season in Ruston, including a season-best sixth place finish at LA Tech home meet, the Mook Triple-Duals. Ballow also finished eighth at Texas A&M's Aggieland Open and ninth at the AllState Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival at the start of the season.

Kaufman was LA Tech's top finisher in all four meets she competed in this season for the Lady Techsters and was named to the 2016 C-USA Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team Thursday. Kaufman recorded a top 25 finish in three of the four races she competed in this season, including two top 10 finishes.

 

 

Elia Nero will also represent the Lady Techsters Friday in Fayetteville after recording three top 50 finishes this season, including coming in third place at LA Tech's Mook Triple-Duals in September. Nero began the 2016 campaign by placing 12th at the AllState Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival in New Orleans, while she also finished 32nd at the Texas A&M Aggieland Open in October.

This marks the fourth time the Arkansas Razorbacks have hosted the regional meet at Agri Park in Fayetteville.

Live results will be available for the NCAA South Central Region Championship and can be accessed by clicking on the link on the LA Tech Cross Country schedule page.

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 LATechSports.com.

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