Nov. 10, 2010
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Lamar University men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the NCAA South Central Regional in Waco on Saturday.
Competition gets under way with the 6-kilometer women's race at 10 a.m. The 10-kilometer men's race is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.
This will be the first competition for the Lamar squads in a little more than two weeks. The Cardinals have been idle since the Southland Conference Championships on Oct. 28. The Lamar men won their fifth consecutive conference title, while the women placed seventh.
"We've had some good training sessions since the conference meet," Lamar coach Jake Stewart said. "We're running well right now."
The Lamar men are ranked third in the region behind Arkansas and Texas, and just ahead of Southland Conference foe McNeese State. The top two teams at the regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The top five finishers who are not a member of the two qualifying teams will also advance to the NCAA meet.
"We're not worried about what the other teams do, we just have to do the best we can," Stewart said. "If that happens, things will work out."
Lamar had three finishers in the top 10 at the conference meet, led by Bob Ahimbisibwe, who placed second. Teammate Matt Johnsen, the SLC's Freshman of the Year, was third, while Tallam Kipruto, the conference's Newcomer of the Year, was seventh.
The Lamar women are led by Taylor Cloy, who was third at the Southland Conference Championships. Stewart is also looking for bounce-back performances from Katrine Vaesel and Sam Walkow, who missed out on finishing in the top 10 at the SLC meet.
"Our goal for the women was to finish in the top 10 in the region," Stewart said. "I think we can do that."