METAIRIE — For the second straight week, Keshaun Javois and Nickson Kipleting earned Southern University’s top two finishes as the Jaguars notched their first top three performance of the season at the Loyola/Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival meet held Saturday, September 9, at LaFreniere Park.
The Jaguar women competed at the one-day event but registered a DNP.
This week, Kipleting managed to surpass his Jaguar teammate by completing the 5 kilometer course in a time of 17:46.1 to place 12th among a field of 54. Javois’ time of 17:47.3 ranked slightly slower than the sophomore’s performance a week earlier at UNO but earned him a 13th place finish among Division I schools in the mixed field.
Not to be outdone, Isaac Brown round out the Jaguars top three for the second consecutive week finishing in 18:03.3.
Tulane led men's standings among Division I schools with 18 points followed by New Orleans with 57. Mississippi Valley State rounded out the Division I finishes in fourth with 90. Tulane swept the event after the women’s team edged Mississippi Valley, scoring 20 points.
Despite not placing, Southern women’s cross country produced some noteworthy performance. Danae Colston cross the finish line at 22:14.1 to claim the distinction of SU’s top runner. Dazya Mitchell was Southern’s next fastest competitor at 22:40.4 before Latona Turner posted a 23:22.6 finish.
Head Coach Charmaine Darden will load up the team vans on Saturday, September 16, when the Jaguars make the 20-minute trek south for the 2017 LSU Invitational.