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Track fairs well at Mook 5 Invitational despite weather

September 26, 2013

 

Paul Sakit (left) and Mary Kate Hayes (right) both competed at the Mook 5 Invitational held at the Jim Maize Track and Field Complex last weekend. - Photos by Donny Crowe

Paul Sakit (left) and Mary Kate Hayes (right) both competed at the Mook 5 Invitational held at the Jim Maize Track and Field Complex last weekend. – Photos by Donny Crowe

 

DANIEL GETSINGER
Staff Reporter

 

It was cold, wet and storming, but the runners never slowed down.

 

Last weekend, the Lousiana Tech cross country team was one of many that participated in the Mook 5 Invitational held in Ruston.

 

The race was supposed to be at Lincoln Parish Park, but due to extremely heavy rain, the event was moved to the Jim Maize Track and Field Complex.

 

Coach Gary Stanley said he and his team of managers only had a small amount of time to get the race started.

 

“We thought we would be running the 5k out at Lincoln Parish Park,” Stanley said.  “We only had about an hour to get everything set up.”

 

Even though it was raining, that did not hinder the abilities of two Louisiana Tech competitors in Saturday’s event.

 

Paul Sakit finished with a time of 15:26.50 in the 5,000-meter race, which gave Sakit the victory in the men’s division.

 

Tech’s Anthony Plourde finished second with a time of 15.31.11, which makes this top-two performance the best the team has seen in several years.

 

In the women’s division, Mary Kate Hayes was the top Lady Techster finishing with a time of 20:00.65 and giving her a fourth place finish on the day.

 

Overall, the Bulldogs had five runners finish in the top 10 Saturday morning.

 

Taylor Ashton recorded a top five finish for the Tech men, finishing fourth with a time of 15:52. Rounding out the Tech men’s top 10 was Tor Gach and Tom Stringer, who finished with times of 16:05 and 16:06 respectively.

 

Sakit said his victory was very pleasing, but the conditions were tough.

 

“The win gives me confidence but the time wasn’t that huge,” Sakit said. “I didn’t expect to run that time because of conditions and other things.”

 

The conference meet is where he wants to showcase his ability, Sakit said.

 

“I wanted to win and we all wanted to win this meet,” Sakit said.  “The most important meet is the conference meet two weeks from now.”

 

Sakit was named the Conference USA Men’s Athlete of the Week on Tuesday after his Invitational victory.

 

Sakit averaged a 4.58 mile, despite extremely wet conditions and a different course location than expected.

 

Next, the  Louisiana Tech men will travel to Lake Charles to participate in the McNeese Cowboy Stampede on Sept. 28, while the women will travel Oct. 4, to Clinton, Miss., to participate in the Watson Ford Invitational.

 

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Email comments to dge004@latech.edu.

 

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