Oct. 27, 2007
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -
The Lamar University men's cross country team placed five individuals among the top 15 runners and captured their second straight conference championship Saturday morning at the 44th Southland Conference Cross Country Championship at West Guth Park in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Cardinals registered a team score of 37 points to win the title, while Texas A&M Corpus Christi finished in second place with 44 points and UT-Arlington finished third with 73 points. The win is the seventh SLC team title for Lamar University, tying them for the most in conference history with McNeese State and former member Abilene Christian.
Francis Kasagule led the way for the Cardinals, running to a second place finish in a time of 24:12.5 over 8,000 meters. He finished eight seconds behind Shadrack Songok of TAMUCC, who set a new SLC meet record with a 24:04.6 performance. As a freshman in 2006, Kasagule registered a third place finish.
Samuel Kosgei, who finished second a year ago, was the second Lamar runner to cross the finish line, grabbing a fourth place finish in a time of 24:38.8, while Frank Bwambale registered a seventh place finish in a time of 25:10.1. Danny Shaw completed his SLC Championship career with his third straight top 10 finish, grabbing 10th place in a time of 25:25.0.
Drew Bean competed the scoring for the Cardinals, posting a 14th place finish in a time of 25:41.9 in just his second meet of the season. Randy Becker was the sixth LU runner to cross the finish line, grabbing 16th place in a time of 25:49.1, while Aaron Brannen finished 22nd in a time of 26:11.3. Ewan Simpson closed out the Lamar performance with 28th place finish, running a 26:41.7.
The Cardinals will be in action again on November 10, when they run at the NCAA South Central Regional in Fayetteville, Ark.
Complete SLC Championship meet results can be found online at http://www.flashresults.com/flashtexas/.