Louisiana-Lafayette’s Anna Katherine Devitt was named the 2014 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s female cross country runner of the year.
UL-Lafayette’s Lon Badeaux and LSU’s Khadevis Robinson were named co-coaches of the year. Also garnering top honors were McNeese State’s Gemma Bridge (newcomer of the year) and Southeastern’s Celia Zaeringer (freshman of the year).
Devitt, a junior who attended Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge, was named to the Sun Belt’s second team and earned six top-10 finishes in seven meets. She had five top-five finishes and was the Ragin’ Cajuns Invitational champion, covering the 5K course in 17:32.40.
Devitt placed ninth at the Sun Belt meet with a time of 17:27.29 and led the Ragin’ Cajuns at the NCAA South Central Regional with a 40th-place finish (21:36.2).
Gemme, a junior from England, helped the Cowgirls to a fourth-place finish at the Southland Conference meet and was the Cowgirls’ top finisher, placing 14th with a time of 21:42.20 in the 6K race. She finished in 45th at the NCAA South Central Regional meet.
Zaeringer (Patrick F. Taylor) earned Southland Conference honorable mention honors after placing 12th at the conference meet. She went on to place 60th at the NCAA South Central Regional meet.
Badeaux led the Ragin’ Cajuns to their best finish at the Sun Belt meet with a fourth-place finish in the 11-team field. Robinson, in his second season at LSU, led the Tigers to a first-place finish at the Tiger Invitational.
ALOILOI WINS TOP, FRESHMAN HONORS: Tulane’s Moses Aloiloi is the 2014 male cross country runner of the year and freshman of the year.
McNeese’s Enoch Bor and Brendon Gilroy were named newcomer of the year and coach of the year.
Aloiloi, a native of Kenya, earned South Central all-region honors and led Tulane in all six meets this season, posting four top-five finishes. He broke the school record in the 4-mile with a time of 19:16.1 at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede, where he finished second.
Aloiloi won the Mississippi College Cross Country 5K Opener in his collegiate debut with a time of 15:35.51, helping the Green Wave to a first-place finish. He was seventh at the American Athletic Conference 8K with a time of 25:21. He was a member of the NCAA All-South Central Region team.
Bor, a junior from Kenya, helped the Cowboys to their first gold medal at the Rice Invitational after he finished the 5,620-meter race in 17:12. He ranked third in the state in the 8K and was a member of a Cowboys team that ranked No. 1 in the state. Bor finished 12th at the Southland meet with a time of 24:38.8 in the 8K.
Gilroy led the Cowboys to a third-place finish at the Southland meet and a top ranking in the state and held that ranking for most of the season.
Moses Aloiloi, Tulane
Ryan Holroyd, McNeese
Kwame Jackson, Xavier
Oliver James, McNeese
Philip Primeaux, LSU
Matthew Rice, UL-Lafayette
Harry Wiggins, Southeastern
Runner of the Year: Moses Aloiloi, Tulane
Newcomer of the Year: Enock Bor, McNeese
Freshman of the Year: Moses Aloiloi, Tulane
Coach of the Year: Brendon Gilroy, McNeese
Lauren Bartels, Tulane
Gemma Bridge, McNeese
Anna Katherine Devitt, UL-Lafayette
Catherine Fakler, Xavier
Emma Newton, Tulane
Morgan Schuetz, LSU
Celia Zaeringer, Southeastern
Runner of the Year: Anna Katherine DeVitt, UL-Lafayette
Newcomer of the Year: Gemma Bridge, McNeese
Freshman of the Year: Celia Zaeringer, Southeastern
Co-Coaches of the Year: Lon Badeaux, UL-Lafayette and Khadevis Robinson, LSU