LSU’s Davis Bove captured the first individual title of his career, helping the Tigers to a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s Arturo Barrios Invitational at Texas A&M. The women’s team scored 258 points in the 6k race, resulting in a seventh place finish.
Bove won the meet in the 8K with a time of 23 minutes, 28.6 seconds for the Tigers who finished with 170 points.
“Davis had a terrific race,” LSU cross country head coach Houston Franks said. “He got out in a good position and stayed smooth until the last half mile or so, and really finished the race off extremely well.
“I think our men raced with a lot more aggressiveness in the beginning and middle of the race and put us in a much better position. We still need to clean up a few things before the championship meets coming up, but I think we really took a good step forward as a team. We had a lot of personal best times that show our fitness is good, but we have some room for improvement in our race execution.”
Bove used a strong finish to take the lead from Texas A&M’s Eric Casarez and seal the individual title by a difference of 05.7 seconds. Bove is the Tigers’ first individual title holder since DaJour Braxton won the title at the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl Festival.
The Tigers’ other scorers were Eric Coston (24:05.6/19th), Jackson Martingayle (24:15.3/33rd), Will Dart (24:43.9/56th), and Cade Martin (24:52.5/67th). Bove, Martingayle, Dart and Martin were joined by Garrett Hamilton (25:17.9/97th), Jack Wallace (25:37.7/125th) and Evan Pardo (26:51.8/198th) in establishing personal best 8k run times. Pardo ran the 8k for the first time at the meet.
The top scorers for LSU’s women were: Ashley LaJocies (20:56.2/12th), Lorena Rangel (21:45.5/55th), Gwyneth Hughes (21:46.5/57th), Doria Martingayle (21:55.3/68th), and Alicia Stamey (22:05.8/75th). LaJocies, Rangel, Hughes, and Martingayle established personal best readouts.
LSU, which closed the regular season, will now prepare the SEC Championships in Columbia, Missouri on Oct. 29.
LSU’s full sesults
1st – Davis Bove, 23:28.5
19th – Eric Coston, 24:05.6
33rd – Jackson Martingayle, 24:15.3
56th – Will Dart, 24:43.8
67th – Cade Martin, 24:52.5
97th – Garrett Hamilton, 25:17.8
101st – Adam Wise, 25:19.4
125th – Jack Wallace, 25:37.6
198th – Evan pardo, 26:51.8
12th – Ashley LaJocies, 20:56.1
55th – Lorena Rangel, 21:45.5
57th – Gwyneth Hughes, 21:46.4
68th – Doria Martingayle, 21:55.3
75th – Alicia Stamey, 22:05.7
80th – Sophie Martin, 22:09.2
88th – Adele Broussard, 22:13.3
89th – Shanya Luna, 22:13.5
117th – Callie Hardy, 22:45.7
199th – Hailey Day, 24:09.8