May 4, 2007
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
Renee Graham started day one of the Southland Conference Outdoor Track championship at the Fletcher Garner Track at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, with a masterful performance, winning the women's 10,000 meter run. Frank Bwambale also had an impressive showing in the men's 10,000 meter run, dashing to a second place finish.
Graham, a junior from Hawera, New Zealand, ran the first 23 laps of the race in second place, on the heels of the leader, before taking off with two laps to go. Once she broke into the lead, she opened up a 30 meter lead and coasted to the championship in a time of 36:12.86. She finished nearly 16 seconds ahead of her closest competitor.
Stacey Monteau, a sophomore from Anahuac, also had a solid performance in the 10,000 picking up a sixth place finish in a time of 38:54.68. Monteau's finish helped the Lamar women to 13 points in the race, and had them sitting in second place overall in the meet heading into day two.
Bwambale, a junior from Nakifuma, Uganda, and Southeastern Louisiana's Kalphys Kemboi broke away from a large field of runners with eight laps to go and made it a two man race for the championship. Kemboi pulled ahead of Bwambale for the win in a time of 31:32.05, with Bwambale capturing the silver in a time of 31:39.07.
After one running event, the Lamar men stand in fifth place in the overall standings at the championship with eight points.