LU Track Has Strong Overall Performance in Lubbock

Sandy Castro

Feb. 10, 2009

LUBBOCK, Texas - In their final tune up before the Southland Conference Indoor Championship on February 20-21, the Lamar University track team travelled to Lubbock, Texas for the Texas Tech Classic, when the Cardinals had some of their best performances of the year.

Lamar claimed three individual titles at the meet, as the Lady Cardinals distance runners led the way. Taylor Cloy notched the first win for LU, winning the 5,000 meter run in a time of 19:19.40.

Sandy Castro led a trio of Lady Cards in the 3,000 meter run, winning the event in a time of 10:28.00, while Emily Carpenter finished in fifth place with an 11:19.36. Rounding out the three LU runners in the top eight was Daisy Cantu, who ran to an eighth place finish in a time of 11:31.82.

In the men's distance races Drew Bean claimed the 5,000 meter title with a 14:59.58 performance, the fastest in the Southland Conference this season. In the 3,000 meter run Ryan Kelly posted and eighth place finish in a time of 9:39.74.

In the men's 800 meter run Francis Kasagule and Hillary Samoei posted a 2-3 finish. Kasagule ran a 1:52.34 and Samoei finished in a time of 1:53.02.

In the women's sprints, Linea Collin notched a seventh place finish in the 400 meter dash, running a time of 57.80, while Ashley Smith finished ninth in a time of 58.59. Adrianne Johnson grabbed an eighth place finish in the 55-meter hurdles, running a time of 8.59.

In the men's sprints Jerel Massenburge placed 10th in the 400 with a season-best performance of 48.69 seconds.

In the relays the Lamar men posted a fourth place finish in the distance medley relay with a 10:53.36 performance, while the 4x400 squad finished in ninth place in a time of 3:17.58. The women's 4x400 meter relay ran to a fifth place finish, in a time of 3:58.34.



The Lamar track team will be back in action on February 20th and 21st when they head back to Houston for the SLC Indoor Championship, hosted at the Yeoman Field House at the University of Houston.

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