Meet Houma native Ella Chesnut, who recently qualified for NCAA Championships and made LSU history

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Congratulations to Houma native and Vandebilt Catholic High graduate Ella Chesnut, who recently made history by becoming one of three LSU cross country runners to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, which will take place this Saturday, November 18, 2023.

Chesnut finished with a personal best time of 20:18.4, placing her 4th in a total of 180 runners. “I am super excited to represent LSU at the NCAA Championships. I could not have been in this position without my team mates and my coaches,” said Chesnut. “I’m looking really forward to the experience and the opportunity to compete.”

Chesnut began running in 8th grade, and even participated in the local program, Girls on the Run Bayou Region, when they were just starting out in the parish. “From day one of Girls on the Run, I knew Ella was going to be a great runner,” said Laura Ramirez, Chesnut’s coach and one of Girls on the Run Bayou Region’s founders. “She loved running and would run extra laps because she always finished first. I called her mom after the first week and told her Ella was going to be a star!”

The record-breaking runner is currently a sophomore at Louisiana State University, majoring in accounting. She describes her qualification for the NCAA Cross Country Championships as her biggest athletic accomplishment to date. Congratulations to Ella for representing LSU, and Terrebonne Parish, so successfully!