Lamar men take first at Johnny Morriss Invtational

Sept. 4, 2010

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HOUSTON - Lamar University looked to be in midseason form as the Cardinal men grabbed first place in the season-opening Johnny Morriss Cross Country Invitational hosted by the University of Houston on Friday evening.

Junior college transfer Tallum Kipruto won his first meet as a Cardinal after covering the 4,750 meter course in 14:46.25. Freshman Matt Johnson was just behind, opening his collegiate career with an impressive 14:48.77 for second place.

All five Cardinal runners finished in the top 16 as Lamar won the five-team meet with 35 points. Rice finished just behind with 38, followed by UH (51), Lon Morris (106) and Sam Houston State (114).

The Lamar women got a sixth-place finish from freshman Katrine Vaesel to help the Lady Cardinals to a third place finish. Vaesel finished in a time of 11:34.08 on the 3,133 meter course. Texas' Mia Behm won the meet with a time of 10:52.75. "Overall, it was a good night for both teams," Lamar cross country coach Jake Stewart said. "It was a lot of fun watching our group operate."

Texas had the top five finishers on the women's side in winning the seven-team event with 15 points. The host Cougars took second with 59 points and Lamar finished with 66. The final four teams were Sam Houston State (106), Lon Morris (134), Prairie View A&M (159) and Texas Southern (200).

Rounding out the Lady Cardinals' top five were Samantha Walkow in ninth (11:40.11), Tessa Denni in 12th (11:44.07), Nora-Beth Saunders in 19th (12:18.61) and Sharon Sason in 23rd (12:36.29).

Lamar's Anthony Pequeno took fifth in the men's race with a time of 15:16.36. Kyle Hawley was 14th in 15:43.41 and Ryan Kelly took 20th in 15:52.82.

Lamar will continue its 2010 season in two weeks at the Rice Invitational. The Cardinals, who are the four-time defending Southland Conference men's champions, will host the SLC meet Oct. 28.




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