Louisiana Tech Men and Tulane Women Take Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival park
METAIRIE, La. – The Louisiana Tech men and the Tulane women captured the collegiate titles at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival on Saturday morning at Lafreniere Park. At the high school varsity level, St. Amant (La.) High School won both the girls' and boys' varsity divisions. Sumner (Kentwood, La.) High School won both junior varsity divisions.
Tulane also turned in a strong performance on the men's side, with three of the top four finishers, but the Bulldogs placed all five of their male runners in the top 12 to edge the Green Wave, 42-45. Tulane sophomore Emmanuel Rotich paced the five-kilometer course with a time of 14:13. Junior Moses Aloiloi was second at 14:20.4, while Manoah Kiptum from Louisiana Tech was third at 14:26.6.
Mississippi Valley State was third with 64 points while Jacksonville State took fourth with 71 points. In the NAIA division, Spring Hill earned first place with 20 points, followed by Xavier (52 points) and Dillard (55 points).
On the women's side, Tulane placed three runners in the top five: freshman Mckenzie Melius was first at 17:31.0, junior Jennifer Lamori was third at 17:42.4 and freshman Mary Catherine Stoval was fifth at 17:55.2. Jacksonville State sophomore Autumn Rich took second with a time of 17:37.7 while junior Nicole Stoval from Spring Hill was fourth in 17:45.2.
The Tulane women finished with 23 points, followed by Mississippi Valley State (65), Jacksonville State (71) and Louisiana Tech (76). In the NAIA women's division, Spring Hill took first with 25 points, followed by Xavier (40) and Dillard (59).
In the high school varsity division, Lauren Haygood from St. Amant won the girls' championship with a time of 26:20.5. Brendan Outlaw, from St. Amant, won the boys' title with a time of 19:05.0. In junior varsity action, Nicholas Walker, a seventh-grader, took the boys' title, running the three-kilometer course in 9:23.8.
2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival Men's College Champion: Louisiana Tech
2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival Women's College Champion: Tulane
2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival Boys' Varsity Champion: St. Amant
2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival Girls' Varsity Champion: St. Amant
2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival Boys' Junior Varsity Champion: Sumner
2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival Girls' Junior Varsity Champion: Sumner
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 27 national champions, 88 Hall of Fame players, 47 Hall of Fame coaches and 17 Heisman Trophy winners in its 82-year history. The 83rd Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 2, 2017. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.3 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 25,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade.