LAKE CHARLES, La. | Southern University men and women’s cross country team opened up their season Friday evening running at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The women finished in fifth and senior Danae Colston was the top performer on the women’s side, finishing 33rd out of 55 women.

Colston said, “for a short race it’s a lot easier than whats up and coming.”

As a team, the ladies pushed each other all the way to the finish line. The women were missing two of their top freshman due to minor injuries, Sydney Minor and Jada Bryan. They are expected to compete in next weekends meet down in South Alabama.

The men's team finished in fifth place. Freshman Abraham Kiprop was the men's top performer, coming in 20th out of 51 men.

Kiprop said, “I want to improve in my finishing run.”

The men had a full team at Friday's meet and even had some extra cushion with some sprinters running.

Both the men and women have gotten their first meet out the way and are ready to see what next week holds as well the rest of the season.

Head coach Charmaine Darden said, “ We're going into South Alabama with intentions with hitting our goal times.” Even though it’s a short week coming up due to Labor Day, the team will continue their training in order to be ready for next weekends meet.

The cross country team will be back in action next week at the South Alabama Invitational.

Women's 3000 Meters Team Results (3k )

PL Team Total Time Avg. Time Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 LSU 52:29 10:29 29 2 3 5 8 11 17 23
2 McNeese State 53:29 10:41 43 1 6 9 13 14 16 21
3 SE Louisiana 53:40 10:44 48 4 7 10 12 15 30 31
4 Northwestern St. 57:35 11:31 113 18 20 24 25 26 28 33
5 UL-Lafayette 1:00:32 12:06 136 19 22 29 32 34 35  
6 Southern 1:11:23 14:16 177 27 36 37 38 39 40 41

Women's 3000 Meters Individual Results (3k )

34
SR-4
6:29.1
12:05.4
27
48
SO-2
7:20.7
13:41.6
36
51
JR-3
8:01.2
14:57.1
37
52
FR-1
8:01.6
14:57.8
38
53
JR-3
8:25.3
15:42.1
39
54
JR-3
8:38.1
16:06.0
40
55
SO-2
9:56.1
18:31.4
41
56
FR-1
10:16:23.5
19:09:16.0
 

Men's 4000 Meters Team Results (4k )

PL Team Total Time Avg. Time Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 SE Louisiana 1:04:52 12:58 52 1 2 7 19 23 32 36
2 UL-Lafayette 1:05:22 13:04 64 5 6 11 20 22 30 34
3 McNeese State 1:05:38 13:07 65 9 12 13 15 16 17 18
4 LSU 1:05:46 13:09 75 3 4 8 29 31 33 40
5 Northwestern St. 1:06:53 13:22 96 10 14 21 25 26 35 38
6 Southern 1:09:48 13:57 155 24 27 28 37 39 41 42

Men's 4000 Meters Individual Results (4k )

NAME YEAR TEAM Avg. Mile TIME SCORE
24
SO-2
5:28.4
13:36.4
24
28
JR-3
5:29.7
13:39.5
27
29
SO-2
5:31.0
13:42.9
28
40
SR-4
5:45.6
14:19.2
37
45
FR-1
5:50.5
14:31.2
39
50
JR-3
6:36.5
16:25.6
41
51
FR-1
6:57.6
17:18.2
42
52
JR-3
7:01.2
17:27.0
 
53
SR-4
8:00.3
19:53.9
 
54
SO-2
8:03.0
20:00.8