Aug. 30, 2014
COLLEGE STATION - Friday night’s cross country relay gave coach Darren Gauson a chance to see a number of his newcomers in action, and the German contingent of Jan Lukas Becker and Tobias Riker probably stood out among the pack as they placed second in men’s race at the Texas A&M Aggie Opener.
The race, which was structured so that each athlete would run 6,300 meters overall in 2,100-meter relay legs, also featured duos from Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin. Becker and Riker combined to finish the 12,600-meter course in 37:05.3, which trailed the winning pair from Texas A&M by 26.3 seconds.
As a team, LU finished second to the Aggies in both the men’s and the women’s races.
Federico Gasbarri and Sean Chalmers placed fourth with a time 37:13.0, and the final LU pairing of Andres Espinosa and Tye Norman was 12th at 42:04.3.
“I thought everyone ran pretty well,” Gauson said. “It was a great debut for Tobias and Jan Lukas. Tobias had a really good kick at the end, but Sean was actually the quickest on that final leg. That was really pleasing for me to see, and it shows the kind of improvement he’s made since last year.”
The women’s race saw each individual run 4,200 meters, and the team of Belinda Aguilar and Kaitlynn Warren were the top non-Aggie duo, placing fifth with a time of 30:22.6. Megan Flanagan and Chaynee Atwood were seventh at 30:32.7, while Cara Ortiz and Aleksandra Sokolova came in 13th at 34:34.5.
Justine Franklin and Rachael Davee completed the event in 41:30.0 to place 14th.
LU will return to action at the Rice Invitational on September 12.