Cardinals cross country heads to California

Lamar cross country coach Jake Stewart's teams will head to California for Saturday's race.

Lamar cross country coach Jake Stewart's teams will head to California for Saturday's race.

Oct. 15, 2010

BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar men's and women's cross country teams will face some of the top teams in the nation Saturday at the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara, Calif.

The men's field features three teams ranked in the top 25 nationally, including No. 1 Stanford University and No. 10 New Mexico. The women's field is highlighted by 17th-ranked Stanford.

"It's going to be a fun weekend. We are not going to get caught up in objectives," Lamar cross country coach Jake Stewart said. "We've stressed keeping things simple. We're going to go out to California, compete against a quality field and let whatever happens, happen."

The women's race will start at 9:45 a.m. (11:45 a.m.-Central), with the men's race going off at 11:15 a.m. (1:15 p.m.-Central). The races will be run at Bayland Park in Santa Clara, over a course that's noted to be fast and flat.

This will be the last race before Lamar hosts the Southland Conference Championships at Bayou Din Golf Course on Oct. 28.

The Lamar men, who will be aiming for their fifth consecutive SLC championship are led by Tallam Kipruto, who has won all three races Lamar has competed in this fall. Bob Ahimibisibwe and Matt Johnsen have also had solid seasons this autumn for the Cardinals.

"We have an ornery group of guys who like to compete," Stewart said. "They've worked hard, are healthy and have come together as one unit. We look forward to the challenge."

The women are led by Taylor Cloy, who has placed second and fifth in her two races this season. Sophomore Sam Walkow, last season's SLC Freshman of the Year, has been steady this season.

"This is a big weekend for the women," Stewart said. "The goal of the program these last two years has been to continue to improve. We've done that. This race provides a great opportunity to run against teams we feel we can compete with out of one of the tougher regions in the country."



Lamar men's competitors: Bob Ahimibisibwe, Tallam Kipruto, Chris Jones, Matt Johnsen, Kyle Hawley, Anthony Pequeno, Joe Wade, Tom Wade.

Lamar women's competitors: Taylor Cloy, Angela LaBorde, Nora-Beth Saunders, Katrine Vaesel, Hannah Nilsson-Palmgren, Sam Walkow.


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