Cross Country competes at Pre-Nationals

GO CARDINALS <b>Leigh Lattimore</b>
Leigh Lattimore

Oct. 19, 2013

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Leigh Lattimore and Matt Johnsen were the top Lamar finishers on Saturday afternoon as both the men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Pre-National Invitational at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.

Lattimore, LU's top finisher in every race she's participated in this season, placed 40th in the 340-athlete field, completing the 6,000 meter course with a time of 20:57.68. Johnsen was 43rd out of 359 with a time of 24:09.21 for the 8,000-meter men's race.

As a team, the Lamar men placed 25th out of 52 and the women were 29th out of 49 in fields that featured dozens of teams ranked in either the national or regional polls.

Louise Webb was the second-best finisher for the women, placing 131st with a time of 21:40.84, and Rachel Robinson wasn't far behind, clocking in at 21:44.01 to place 138th. Claire Arnold was 204th at 22:06.92, and Kayla de Bondt rounded out the scoring for the Lady Cards, crossing the finish line in 22:32.10 to place 265th.

LU finished with a final point total of 777, and Georgetown took home the event crown with a total of 117. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was the only other Southland school in the race, placing 49th with 1,518. 

Belinda Aguilar and Megan Flanagan also competed and finished the course in 23:18.63 and 23:41.07, respectively, to place 315th and 327.

On the men's side, Ash Harrell was the second Card to finish, ending 73rd with a time of 24:25.26, and Sam Stabler was 167th at 25:01.84. Mike Kershaw ended 195th at 25:09.60, and Sean Guiney placed 222nd at 25:17.32 to give LU a final score of 700. 

Ryan Creech was the only other Card to compete, finishing 236th with a time of 25:22.27.

Colorado grabbed the overall title with 90 points, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and McNeese were the only other SLC representatives in the race, coming in at 47th and 52nd, respectively.

Lamar will return to action in a fortnight's time with at the Southland Conference Championships in Lake Charles. The men will be seeking a seventh title in eight years, and the women will be looking for their first since 2006.




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