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Cross Country: O'Boyle, Coleman Pace Ragin' Cajuns At Azalea City Classic
Louisiana records three top-20 finishes to place second, fourth in team standings
Matt Sullivan, Associate Director of Athletics Communications
MOBILE, Ala. – Damian O'Boyle and Key Alfred each recorded top-10 finishes on the men's side with Emoni Coleman producing a top-20 finish on the women's side to lead the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Cross Country team at the season-opening Azalea City Classic on Friday at the Old Brookley Golf Course.
Louisiana, which placed five runners in the top-25 on the men's side, finished second behind host South Alabama in the six-team field with 75 points. The Ragin' Cajuns women's team, which was holding out three of their top five runners due to injury, placed fourth overall in the women's seven-team event with 119 points.
O'Boyle, a grad transfer who was making his Louisiana debut, covered the men's 5K course in 16:11.4 to finish seventh overall with Alfred earning a 10th-place finish after crossing the line in 16:30.3.
Conner Meche (17:17.4) and freshman Cameron Angelle (17:18.9) finished 21st and 22nd respectively for Louisiana with Braden Scalisi (17:22.6) finishing 25th, Caedmon Kyles (17:23.3) 26th, Justin Unger (17:25.4) 27th and Rashid Reese (18:04.9) 36th.
Coleman, the top returning runner on the women's side for the Ragin' Cajuns, completed the 5K course in 20:37.4 to finish 19th overall. Meredith Hebert finished 25th overall for Louisiana after posting a 5K personal-best (21:02.3) with Ally McCulley (21:18.4) finishing 29th overall, and Lauren Cantrelle (21:22.8) 29th.
Freshman Pierra Charles finished 37th overall for Louisiana, posting a time of 22:25.8 in her collegiate debut with Alivia Johnson (24:04.2) finishing 48th.
South Alabama placed five runners in the top-5 to claim the men's title with 15 points followed by Louisiana, Wallace State Community College (79), Troy (91), Marion Military Institute (128) and Mobile (169). Troy claimed the women's title with 31 points followed by South Alabama (43), UAB (52), Louisiana, Wallace State (148), Mobile (170) and Marion Military Institute (183).
Louisiana will resume action in three weeks when it travels to Monroe to compete in the Warhawk Cross Country Invitational on Oct. 2.
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