BATON ROUGE – The Nicholls State University cross country teams competed at the LSU Invitational at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge Saturday morning. The women posted a fifth-place finish while the men placed eighth.

Freshman Julia Garcia Verges was the Colonels top female finisher for the second consecutive meet, crossing the finish line in the women's 3 mile at 20 minutes, 19.65 seconds for 20th place. She was followed by freshmen Lara Reifers (24th, 20:30.78) and Faith Keter (31st, 20:58.84), sophomores Eleana Callejas (34th, 21:04.91) and Joyce Kiplagat (37th, 21:15.86) and freshman Isabelle Caron (47th | 25:16.46).

Freshman Jonathan Hernandez fronted the men's pack, finishing 32nd in the men's 4 mile at 22:22.60. Fellow freshman Tyler Granger placed 36th at 22:42.50. The men's group was rounded out by freshmen Daniel Figueroa (50th, 23:36), Dustin Worley (53rd, 24:06.10) and Lane Robichaux (60th, 25:52.90).

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Colonels fall to Bowling Green in straight sets

At Bowling Green, Ohio, the Nicholls State University volleyball team dropped a straight-set decision, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18, to Bowling Green State University Saturday in its final match of the BGSU Invitational at the Stroh Center.

The Colonels record fell to 2-11 while the Falcons improved to 6-7. Junior Heidi Carpenter was named to the all-tournament team following her triple-double against IUPUI.

Nicholls' offense was spearheaded by senior Brieanna Hill's six kills. The Berwick native was followed by Carpenter and freshman Aaliyah Burras with five kills apiece. Unfortunately the Colonels committed more errors (26) than total team kills (24).