On Friday the LSUS Cross Country traveled to San Antonio Texas to compete in the conference cross country meet for the Red River Athletic Conference. The meet was held at the Windcrest Golf Club which proved to be a flat, fast course for the field of runners. For their final meet of the season, the men ran an 8k.
In the men's race, Ben Haines (FR/Shreveport, Louisiana) was the first to cross the line for the Pilots over the 5 mile course with a finishing time of 30:04 coming in 16th place. Solomon Layton (FR/Shreveport, Louisiana) fell early in the race but still got back up and ran fast enough to come in second for the team running 30:53 for 19th place. Next, came Angel Marroquin with a time of 32:02 for 22thplace.Simon Moradel (SO/Bossier City, Louisiana) came in fourth for the Pilots and 25th overall with a time of 33:52. Judd Young (JR/Alexandria, Louisiana) finished out the scoring 5 for the team running 37:53 for 31st place. The men's team was rounded out by Duncan Phelps (SO/Shreveport, Louisiana) (39:43, 36th) and Ben McRae (SR/Bossier City, Louisiana) (40:31, 42nd). The men's team ran a hard race that came down to the wire. In the end, they took 4th in the conference, holding off Jarvis Christian by 2 points. Ben Haines, Solomon Layton, Angel Marroquin, Simon Moradel, and Ben McRae all ran a personal best for the season as well.
"I'm extremely proud of our team and what they have accomplished this season," Coach Rabo said after the race. "This team has improved so much from last year and even from the beginning of the season. They came ready to race today and responded well to instructions during the race. Multiple times during the race I told runners they needed to catch the runner in front of them or to pass two runners before the finish. Even though they were tired and hurting, the members of the Pilots Cross Country team found a way to push a little harder and we were able to improve on our performances from last year. I'm excited to see what the future holds for these individuals and for this program."