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Cross Country: O’Boyle, Coleman Lead Ragin’ Cajuns at SBC Championships

Louisiana finishes seventh, 11th in 30th annual event

Matt Sullivan, Associate Director of Athletics Communications

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MOBILE, Ala. – Damian O’Boyle and Emoni Coleman each paced their respective squads and the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Cross Country team wrapped up the 2020 season at the 30th annual Sun Belt Conference Championships on Saturday at the Old Brookley Gulf Pines Golf Course.
Louisiana finished seventh overall in the men’s 8K race with the Ragin’ Cajuns finishing 11th on the women’s 5K course.
O’Boyle, a grad transfer who was competing in his first SBC event, crossed the finish line in a season-best 26:11.1 to finish 21st overall for Louisiana with Key Alfred finishing 33rd (26:49.9).
Five runners – Conner Meche (27:00.0), Justin Unger (28:05.0), Rashid Reese (28:16.6), Braden Scalisi (28:42.1) and Caedmon Kyles (30:02.4) – all recorded personal-bests on the 8K course as the Ragin’ Cajuns improved from a 10th-place performance at the 2019 SBC Championships.
Coleman posted a season-best (19:51.5) for Louisiana on the 5K course, shaving over 46 seconds off her previous race – the Azalea City Classic – held last month on the same course.
Ally McCulley (20:12.1) posted a 5K season-best for the Ragin’ Cajuns and clipped 1:06 off her previous time on the Old Brookley Course with Rosalie Michot (20:17.1), Meredith Hebert (20:34.3), Pierra Charles (20:45.5) and Tarryn Hill (21:01.4) each recording personal-bests.
Host South Alabama claimed the men’s title with 39 points followed by Appalachian State (55), Arkansas State (56), UT Arlington (78) and Texas State (133). Little Rock (152), Louisiana, Troy (212) and ULM (247) rounded out the nine-team field.
Defending champion Arkansas State held off App State to claim its second straight team title, scoring 44 points. App State (47), South Alabama (71), Troy (77) and UTA (158) rounded out the top five.
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