Sept. 14, 2012
HOUSTON - Matt Johnsen put in a strong performance but it wasn't enough for the Lamar men's cross country team on Friday evening as he and the squad finished second at the John F. Cooper Memorial Rice Invitational.
Henry Lelei of Texas A&M took home first place honors as he finished with a time of 16:25 to lead the Aggies to a winning team score of 37 in the 6,000 meter race.
Johnsen was 13 seconds off the pace at 16:48, earning runner-up honors in the 148-runner field and helping Lamar tie for second with host Rice at 85 points.
LU proved to be the class of the Southland in the event, edging out Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (fourth), McNeese State (fifth) and Sam Houston State (seventh)
Three other Cardinals ended in the top 20 for the event, with Chris Jones and Alex De La Garza clocking in within a second of each other at 17:13 and 17:14, respectively, to place 14th and 15th. Joe Wade completed the race in 17:24 to finish 19th.
Michael Kershaw rounded out the scoring for LU with a 35th place finish at 17:54, and Ryan Kelly ran in 50th at 18:23.
On the women's side, Becky Gough led the way in the 3,800 meter race with a 20th place finish at 13:30. Claire Miles and Angela LaBorde were the next two finishers at 13:48 and 13:50, to finish 30th and 33rd.
Other scorers for the Lady Cards were Katlynn Warren at 46th with a time of 14:10 and Nora-Beth Saunders seven seconds later at 52nd.
clocked in at 15:04 and finished 78th, and Kim Campbell
was 81st at 15:10.
As a team, the Lamar women scored 181 points to finish ninth, and Texas A&M took home the event title with 42.