The LSU women’s cross country team had five runners finish in the top 10 to lift the Lady Tigers to victory in the LSU Invitational at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge on Saturday.
The Lady Tigers were led by Leigh-Ann Naccari’s third-place finish of 22 minutes, 53 seconds over 6,000 meters. It was Naccari’s second straight top-10 performance.
Charlene Lipsey finished fourth in 22:05.9, while Brea Goodman (22:29.7) finished sixth, Andria Aguilar (23:32.0) was seventh and Dakota Goodman was ninth (23:34.7).
“Our entire women’s team ran well today,” LSU coach Mark Elliott said. “We faced some pretty good competition. It took a really good effort to win this race, which is nice because it’s our home meet.”
LSU’s men finished second behind Miami (Ohio).
The Tigers placed three runners inside the top-10, led by Senior Richard Chautin with a time of 27.29.1 on the eight-kilometer cource.
Cullen Doody finished ninth (27:52.4), and Roger Cook rounded out the top-10 in 28:03.7.
“On the men’s side, I like that Chautin was our top runner today after Doody led us a week ago,” Elliott said. “The interchange they’ve had means our guys are pushing each other. Hopefully they continue to improve.”
LSU runner Laura Carleton won the women’s individual meet with a time of 21:04.4 competing unattached because she is redshirting this season.
“Laura Carleton’s not your typical athlete,” Elliott said. “She’s such a hard worker and she doesn’t just rely on talent. It’s great to see all her efforts pay off with an individual victory,” Elliott said.
The LSU cross country returns to action at the McNeese Cowboys Stampede in Lake Charles on Saturday.