Cross Country building momentum heading into LSU Invite
Clinton, Miss. -- Southern University Women’s Cross Country finished third behind Mississippi Valley and Jackson State at the inauguaral Martin Epps XC Classic hosted by Jackson State at Choctaw Trails running course in Clinton, Miss.
The Lady Jags top five featured two freshmen, Celeste White and Valerie Thames, while senior Angelica Caraballo led the team with a fourth place finish. Senior ShaNiece Pinkston (Detroit, MI) kept the points close with a sixth place finish. Junior Shanelle Zenon made up the fifth leg and improved on last week’s performance by nearly 5 minutes.
“I am so proud of these women," said head cross country coach Beau Walker. "They continue to stay determined and fight every week. I push them hard and they respond with a resiliency that is unmatched compared to a season ago."
"We are working very hard to rebuild a program they can all be proud of and since they have bought in to the mission their efforts speak clearly. We still have several meets to compete in and the fact that they reaching personal best makes me excited and eager to see how we can close this season out next month.”
On the men side, junior Willie Williams finished third behind a pair runners from Mississippi Valley as the men finished fourth. The remaining four athletes were all freshmen competing at this distance for the first time. Brandon Ramsey of Oswego, Ill. finished just out of the top 10, finishing 12th overall followed by Luke Sanderall, Devin Corbin and JeVaughn Albert.
Southern will remain in Baton Rouge this Saturday to compete at the 2013 LSU Cross Country Invitational held at Highland Park. The event will host a showcase of high school talent and conclude with the collegiate women racing at 8:05 a.m. followed by the collegiate men at 9:15 a.m.