TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- A short trip to Alabama resulted in big results for Mississippi State on Friday as the men's and women's cross country teams recorded fourth and second-place finishes, respectively, at the Crimson Classic.
In their final event before the Southeastern Conference Championships in two weeks, the women tallied 80 points while the men posted 110 at Harry Pritchett Running Park.
Senior standout Katie Huston (17:34.84) led the way for the Lady Bulldogs, finishing eighth in the 5K, followed by junior Emma Neigel (9th, 17:40.26). Cornelia Griesche (17:47.45) and freshmen Rhianwedd Price (17:53.90) and Lisa Ziegler (18:04.54) also had strong finishes for the women, rounding out the Top 30 at 16th, 22nd and 30th, respectively.
Overall, the MSU women finished ahead of SEC foes Tennessee (3rd), Auburn (4th), Vanderbilt (6th) and LSU (17th).
“I am so proud of my teammates,” Huston said. “We’ve been training harder than ever. It’s just awesome to see that our hard work and dedication has paid off so far this season.”
Seizing the top 8K finish for the Bulldog men was John Valentine, clocking a 24:47.93 to finish sixth. In his debut for the Maroon and White, freshman Damian Roszko followed Valentine to post a spot in seventh with a time of 24:53.64. Nearly half of MSU’s men finished in the Top 30 in a competitive field of nearly 200 runners. The Bulldogs beat out conference rivals Alabama (7th), LSU (13th) and Vanderbilt (15th).
“With nine women running for us today, we were able to add some depth to the squad,” MSU coach Houston Franks said. “I am really pleased with how we finished, and with additional support from some newcomers, like Damian, the teams worked together to finish strong.”
After returning home from Alabama, the teams will turn their focus to the SEC Championships slated for Nov. 1 at the University of Florida.
Winner: Chelsea Blaase, Tennessee, 17:21.19
MSU: 8. Katie Huston, 17:34.84; 9. Emma Neigel, 17:40.26; 16. Cornelia Griesche, 17:47.45; 22. Rhianwedd Price, 17:53.90; 30. Lisa Ziegler, 18:04.54; 33. Jodie McGuff, 18:06.41; 52. Carmen Brothers, 18:23.34; 98. Evie Savage, 19:01.62; 125. Madison Milhoan, 19:40.74
Winner: Ty McCormack, Auburn, 24:26.99
MSU: 6. John Valentine, 24:47.93; 7. Damian Roszko, 24:53.64; 23. Juan Sanchez, 25:26.05; 30. Andrew Monaghan, 25:41.09; 49. Mathew Dunn, 25:58.67; 63. Matthew Weickert, 26:14.47; 64. Patrick Monaghan, 26:15.50; 85. Cameron Vernier, 26:34.08; 100. Luke Hargreaves, 26:52.06; 101. Carson Britton, 26:55.39