Sept. 23, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -
The Lamar University men's cross country team had a very strong showing at the 21st annual Roy Girak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota, running to a 12th place team finish, while the three Lady Cardinals participating in the meet also had strong performances.
Samuel Kosgei paced Lamar to the 12th place finish at one of the nations top meets, finishing the 8K race in 24.32.25 for a sixth place finish on a muddy course. Kosgei grabbed a top 10 finish in the meet which saw 10 of the top 30 finishers from the 2005 NCAA championship participating. Josh McDougal of Liberty, who finished fourth in last years NCAA championship, was the top men's gold finisher in a time of 24:14.05.
Francis Kasagule also turned in a strong performance, running to an 11th place finish in a time of 24:54.20, while Frank Bwambale finished in 35th place in a time of 25:35.45. Danny Shaw rounded out the Cardinals top 100 finishers, running to a 73rd place finish in a time of 26:02.20.
Also running strong for the Cardinals was Ben McBride who finished in 214th place in a time of 27:22.85, Aaron Branen was 225th in a time of 27:31.00 and Randy Becker finished in 266th in a time of 28:15.80.
The men's gold competition consisted of 301 runners from 37 Division I schools.
In the women's race, all three Lady Cardinals runners finished in the top 60 of the Jack Johnson Women's Gold Competition, which had 288 participants from 29 Division I schools.
Renee Graham led the way with 33rd place finish in a time of 22:10.40 over 6,000 meters. Clerc Koenck finished in 51st place, running a time of 22:33.60 and Amanda King grabbed a 55th place finish in a time of 22:38.25.
Lamar cross country will be in action again on October 14, when they run at the Chili Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.