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(Metairie, La.) The Dillard University Lady Bleu Devils cross country team competed in the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival. The 5K race was the first meet of the year for Dillard as junior Sasha Newman (JR/Antioch, CA) crossed the finish line first for the Lady Bleu Devils, finishing 30th overall out of 69 competitors, posting a time of 19:31.5.
As a team, Dillard finished third out of three NAIA teams, posting a time of 1:42:09. Xavier University of Louisiana finished in second place with a time of 1:38:25 while Spring Hill finished in first place with a total time of 1:35:06.
Crossing second for Dillard was sophomore Hydeia Barney (SO/Pittsburg, Calif.) who finished 32nd overall with a time of 19:35.2 while teammate Elizabeth Davis crossed next, good for 34th overall with a time of 20:50.1. LaMika LaFrance (SO/New Orleans, La.) (FR/New Orleans, La.) and Jasmine Elliott finished 36th and 39th, posting times of 20:54.8 and 21.16.9 respectively.