For the second year in a row, the Golden Eagles have won the LSU Invitational.
The fast course at LSU stayed true for the Golden Eagles as five of eight runners would run personal bests. The Golden Eagles claimed their second team title on the season with a score of 33 points.
“I am very pleased and excited with the way the women competed today,” said coach Aaron Kindt. “The effort they all had and how they competed as a whole is what we strive for.”
Despite Tulane claiming the number one and two spots in the rankings, Southern Miss’ tight running pack persevered and held on for the win. The team’s ability to run as a pack helped to drop their team time to 18:25. Dana Dillistone took third in the meet running a 18:09. Seniors Daphney Stanford and Courtney Filliben took fifth and sixth places running 18:26 and 18:31.
The biggest contributions to the team were freshmen Theresa Harto and Regen McGee managing to finish in second and fifth places. Harto finished fifth, running a 18:22, and McGee finished 10th, running a 18:36. Notably, sophomore Victoria Hoppe missed the team’s top five by three seconds. Savanah McMillion ran 19:00 finishing 16th and Chloe Tedder finished 23rd running 19:32.
“I am excited to watch this team continue to grow and build into the second half of the season,” Kindt said. “I’m proud of them and the hard work they are putting in every day.”
The team will now look to get some rest before running in the Crimson Classic on Oct. 14. The Crimson Classic is another course that has hosted many Top 25 teams which has given it some national spotlight.