Cross Country Sees Improvement in Week Three

MONROE – Leah Thompson leads the Northwestern State Lady Demons to a fourth-place finish at the Warhawk Invite.

Thompson, a sophomore, ran a new 5-kilometer personal record with a time of 21:13.0. Placing 18th in the 38-runner competition, Thompson shaved two minutes off of her last 5k at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede back in 2021.

“She finally got the chance to show off how hard she had worked over the summer”, Coach Dawson said. “I am very pleased with what I saw today.”

Freshman Ava-Grace Herbert placed 39th, trailing Thompson with a time of 21:19.0, marking the first 5k of her collegiate career. Ceyda Bayur, also a freshman, finished 22nd with a time of 21:55.0.

Sophomore Abria Paul finished 29th with a time of 23.34, while senior Olivia Sipes ran a time of 24:47.0 and finished 35th.

On the men’s side, sophomore Korbin Shumate was the first Demon across the 7k finish line.

Placing 14th in the 50-runner field, Shumate finished with a time of 23:07.0, improving his average mile time from the McNeese Opener from 5:20.1 to 5:18.9.

“We had a different leader in the men’s group, which shows me that any given day we can have someone new step up and have a good race”, said Dawson.

Payten Vidourek, a junior, finished closely after Shumate in 17th place with a time of 23:18.0. John Klein, also a junior, stayed close behind Vidourek, finishing 20th and clocking in at 23:22.0.

Junior Xavier placed 30th with a time of 24:30.0.

Freshmen Waylon Wright (25:39.0) and Kyle Lynn (26:15.0) were the last of the Demons to cross the finish line and placed 37th and 40th, respectively.

“Today was a big step up from our first race and left me eager to see how much further everyone can progress as we continue the season.”

The Demons and Lady Demons will be back on the road on September 24th to compete at McNeese for the second time this season.

PHOTO: Courtesy of the Southland Conference