Cross Country Heads to Louisville for Live in Lou Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2022) – South Carolina Cross Country is aiming to start off with a third consecutive win as the Gamecocks head to Louisville, Ky. for the annual Live in Lou Classic.
The 2022 edition of the Live in Lou Classic will be a 5K and will be ran at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The site of the 21st Annual Live in Lou Classic will also play host to the NCAA Southeast Regional for the Gamecocks on Friday, Nov. 11.
Live results for the 2022 Live in Lou Classic can be found by clicking here.
The Gamecocks will split the team into two races this week, competing in the Gold Race 5K and the Blue Race 5K. Competing in the gold race along with the Gamecocks will be 43 other competitors, including Kentucky who is ranked 23rd nationally and third in the Southeast Region as well as Furman who ranks fourth in the Southeast Region. The gold division will also consist of Auburn, Clemson, host Louisville and Tennessee.
The blue race will consist of 46 overall teams, including the Gamecocks. Joining South Carolina in the pool is fellow Southeastern Conference foe, Mississippi State.
The Gamecocks will travel 14 competitors to Louisville, with six runners competing in the gold division and eight in the blue. In the gold race, South Carolina will send four freshmen runners, including Gaby Gait-Smith who claimed the Winthrop Invitational title in her first collegiate meet with a time of 18:37.2. Alongside the talented young squad will be the captains Hope Dominique and Katerina Hendrix, both of whom are coming off season-bests performances at Winthrop.
In the blue race, eight different Gamecocks will be making an appearance. Germany native Svenja Sommer will be making her South Carolina debut in Louisville this weekend. Also headlining the blue race for the Gamecocks will be Lily Weeks and Emily Smith, both having claimed Top-10 finishes in each of the first two meets.