Campbell wins, team second at Virginia
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 22 University of Arkansas men’s cross country team ran to a second-place finish Saturday morning at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational in Earlysville, Va. The Razorbacks were paced by race winner Kemoy Campbell. Behind three top-10 performances from Campbell, Eric Fernandez and Solomon Haile, Arkansas totaled 61 team points.
Making his debut in the Razorback lineup, Campbell pulled away late to capture the individual title with an 8K time of 24:04.7. He finished more than seven seconds ahead of the second-place runner. Fernandez was Arkansas’ second runner, crossing the finish in third place with a time of 24:19.4. The Razorbacks’ top three was rounded out by a fifth-place finish from Haile and his time of 24:24.1
As the team’s fourth runner, Layne Nixon ran to a time of 24:55.0 and finished in 24th place overall. Cale Wallace was the only underclassmen in Arkansas’ scoring lineup. The freshman was 28th overall and finished his first collegiate 8K with a time of 25:10.3.
“We had a productive day and learned a lot about our team,” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “Our top three were very good today. They ran within themselves and looked comfortable running up front. We also got good performances from our four and five spots with the senior Layne Nixon and freshman Cale Wallace. For this being his first real cross (country) race in two years, Solomon was very impressive.”
The remainder of the Razorbacks’ lineup included Raymond Joseph in 40th place at 25:41.6, Cameron Efurd in 51st place in 26:04.1, Drew Butler in 64th place in 26:41.1 and Anthony Lieghio in 71st place in 27:14.2.
The Razorbacks return to competition in three weeks for a pair of meets—Oct. 12 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison and Oct. 13 at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville. For more information regarding Razorback cross country or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Macumber Wins Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Led by junior Cally Macumber’s first-place finish, the University of Kentucky women’s cross country team finished second at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational, while the men’s team took seventh Saturday morning in Earlysville, Va.
Macumber crossed the finish line in 17:29.13, more than five seconds ahead of second-place finisher, Catherine White of Virginia. Macumber’s time featured an impressive 5:37 average mile.
The women’s team’s second, second-place finish of the year comes after the Wildcats finished second at the Belmont Opener Aug. 31, to open the season. The women’s 47 points in the 5K event left the Wildcats 12 points behind first-place Wisconsin. Virginia (57), California (83) and Liberty (136) rounded out the top five of the women’s race.
The men’s team finished seventh with 200 points in the 8K event. No. 4 Oklahoma claimed first in the men’s competition with 40 points while Arkansas (61) and Virginia (66) rounded out the top three.
Senior Chelsea Oswald and junior Allison Peare both recorded top-10 finishes for Kentucky. Oswald finished sixth with a time of 17:53.54 while Peare crossed the finish line in ninth at 18:28.84. Macumber, Oswald and Peare each have two top-10 finishes on the year.
Junior Anna Bostrom finished 15th while senior Hiruni Wijayartne crossed the finish line just over a second behind Bostrom for a 16th-place finish. Freshman Mary Kate Ponder placed 32nd with a time of 20:49.68.
After winning the opening meet of the season, senior Luis Orta led the Wildcats Saturday, finishing 16th overall with a time of 24:37.73. Sophomore MacKay Wilson finished 46th after completing the 8K event in 25:54.14.
Matt Hillenbrand came in at 26:07.60, finishing 52nd overall while freshman James Brown was the 55th person to come across with a time of 26:15.59. Walter Luttrell (26:24.13), Robbie Scharold (27:29.06) and Adam Kahleifeh (28:13.31) rounded out the day for Kentucky.
The Wildcats will return to action next weekend, heading to Louisville, Ky., to compete in the Greater Louisville Classic on Sept. 29, before finishing up the regular season back in Louisville at Pre-Nationals on Oct. 13.
LSU Cross Country Teams Shine at LSU Invitational
BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s cross country team defended their home course for a second year in a row as seven runners earned top-10 finishes to lead the team to a first-place finish with 17 points in Saturday’s LSU Invitational at Highland Road Park.
The women were led by senior Laura Carleton, who won the individual title by posting a time of 20 minutes, 34.7 seconds. This is the second consecutive week in which Carleton earned a top-10 finish in a 6k meet as she also finished in fifth place at the Commodore Classic a week ago.
Junior Natoya Goule finished behind Carleton in second place, clocking in at 21:00.8. Third place was also captured by Lady Tiger senior Dakota Goodman with a time of 21:02.2.
Senior Brea Goodman ran a time of 21:20.8 to finish fifth, Charlene Lipsey finished in 21:23.5 to come in sixth, Leigh-Ann Naccari finished ninth with a time of 21:50.1 and Andria Aguilar rounded out the Top 10 with a time of 22:02.9.
The Lady Tigers dominated the competition as Lamar finished well back in second place with 56 points for the meet.ishe
“I was very pleased with the women and the effort from last week to this week,” said LSU Head Coach Mark Elliott. “Again, Laura Carleton ran extremely well. I think for running her first time for LSU, Natoya Goule ran pretty well. Charlene Lipsey is a constant performer. Brea and Dakota ran extremely well too.”
The LSU men finished in second place with 72 points in the team standings behind the 15 points scored by Lamar University.
The Tigers placed two runners in the Top 10 led by senior Roger Cooke with a time of 27:18.3 over 8k. Sophomore Phillip Primeaux rounded out the Top 10 of the individual standings coming across the line with a time of 27:53.1.
“We did alright,” said Cooke. “We had some quality competition in there with Lamar and Southeastern put together a pretty good team this year. Overall, we ran decent, but it is definitely a work in progress.”
“The guys group can be good,” said Elliott. “I think it is going to take a little bit of time. It is going to take all 11 guys running well on the same day to have a good result.”
The LSU cross country teams will be back in action Saturday, Sept. 29, as they travel to Lake Charles, La., to compete in the McNeese Cowboy Stampede meet, which will take place at Enos Darbonne Recreation Complex. The women will compete at 8:45 a.m. CDT followed by the men at 9:15 a.m.