Lamar Moves Up In National Track Rankings



Jan. 31, 2008

BEAUMONT - In the first regular-season poll of the 2008 season, the Lamar University men's and women's teams were ranked 41st and 61st in the indoor track and field rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Cardinals men's team moved up 32 spots from their No. 73 ranking in the preseason poll, while the women's team is making their first appearance after not being ranked before the season began.

The 2008 USTFCCCA Division I Rankings are compiled strictly from the NCAA descending order lists for the season. Rankings are compiled by Tom Lewis, assistant sports information director at Missouri.

The LU men have moved up to No. 41 behind the 3,000 meter performance of Francis Kasagule at the Terrier Invitational last weekend in Boston. At 7:56.10 Kasagule has the second fastest 3,000 meter time in the NCAA this season, which is where the Cardinals are receiving their 20.56 points.

The Lamar women are ranked 61st behind the 3,000 meter performance of Clerc Koenck at the Houston Indoor Invitational. At 9:32.65 Koenck has the eighth fastest 3,000 meter time in the NCAA this season, which is where the Lady Cards are receiving their 8.66 points.

Both Kasagule's and Koenck's 3,000 meter run performances are NCAA provisional qualifying marks. The 2008 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark.



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