Sept. 22, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Lamar men's cross country team turned in as dominating a performance as one could expect on Saturday morning as it claimed seven of the top eight spots to coast to victory at the LSU Invitational at Highland Road Park. The women's team finished second.
Sam Stabler grabbed the top spot in the event for the men in the 8,000 meter race, and finishing the course in a personal-best time of 25:51.7. Chris Jones finished second at 26:05.3, and Ryan Creech crossed the line moments later at 26:30.0.
"I thought we were pretty solid," assistant coach Darren Gauson said. "We wanted them to run together as a group and then finish well. It was a chance for some of our runners to get into our top seven and compare themselves to Matt Johnsen, Ash Harrell and Joe Wade, who didn't run."
Alex De La Garza and Stu Huntington were the next two finishers, coming in at 26:55.4 and 26:59.0, respectively. Michael Kershaw checked in at the sixth spot at 27:09.7, and Ryan Kelly was eighth at 27:27.3.
Lamar's score of 15 won the eight-team event easily, and host LSU was second with 72 points. Conference foe Southeastern Louisiana was third with 79 points, and Nicholls was sixth with 169.
In the women's 6,000 meter race, Claire Miles and Becky Gough put together top 10 finishes as the Lady Cards finished second with 56 points. LSU won with 17. Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana clocked in at third and fourth.
"I thought the girls ran pretty solid," Gauson said. "It was nice to see some of the run harder, but we still need work. The women get better every week, and I'm excited about it."
Miles and Gough both set personal bests with Miles finishing in 21:24.9 to claim eighth, and Gough at 21:36.2 to end in ninth.
Angela LaBorde was the next LU finisher at 22:14.7 to finish 11th, and Nora-Beth Saunders was 13th at 22:37.3.
Kaitlynn Warren was the other Lady Card scorer, ending 19th in 23:19.1.
Kelsey Young and Kim Campbell were the final two Lady Card runners, finishing back-to-back at 22nd and 23rd, respectively, at 23:38.6 and 23:46.9.