Nov. 18, 2009
BEAUMONT, Texas - Francis Kasagule will look to become Lamar's first three-time All-American in cross country when he competes at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday.
The senior from Gyhza, Uganda, will be making his fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship. He earned All-American status as a freshman when he placed 29th and as a sophomore after placing 24th. Kasagule didn't earn All-American honors last year, but Lamar had an All-American for the third straight year as Samuel Kosgei placed 37th.
"I think Francis has a good chance of becoming All-American again," Lamar cross country coach Jake Stewart said. "It would be great for Lamar to have a three-time All-American."
Kasagule was the Southland Conference's men's Athlete of the Year for cross country after winning the conference's championship meet in a time of 23 minutes, 54 seconds for 8 kilometers. He followed that with a third-place finish at the NCAA Regionals, covering the 10-kilometer course in 30:28.4.
The meet will get under way at 11:08 a.m. (Central) at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute. The 10-kilometer race will feature two loops around a twisting 5-kilometer course.
"We're excited for Francis," Stewart said. "He's been a great representative of Lamar."