Cardinals Cross Country Runs Past McNeese in Season Opener

GO CARDINALS Jackie John led the Lady Cardinals with an 11:33 finish.
Jackie John led the Lady Cardinals with an 11:33 finish.

Sept. 1, 2005


VIDOR, Texas - The Lamar University cross country team opened the 2005 season Thursday morning, sweeping both the women's and men's competitions against McNeese State, at Claiborne Park in Vidor.

The Lady Cardinals got things started with a two-mile run, won by Jacqueline John in 11:33, followed closely by Amanda King and Stacey Monteau who finished in 11:40 and 11:47 respectively. Natasha Williams finished fourth for Lamar crossing the finish line in 12:08 while Sara Weir and Amber Prather rounded out the top six finishers in 12:12 and 12:55.

Sonia Clark, Barbara Caraway and Kelly Gram were the top finishers for McNeese, all finishing in 16:39.

Running unattached were Anna Daws and Ashlee Ellis, the two finished in times of 13:15 and 13:54 respectively.

On the men's side, the Cardinals posted the top seven times in the four-mile run, led by Danny Shaw who completed the jaunt in 20:44. Jake Champagne and Ben McBride took second and third with times of 21:29 and 21:41, while Martin Husen grabbed fourth with a 22:35 finish. Rounding out the group of Cardinals was Hamish Meacheam and Michael Goeddertz who finished in 22:50 and 22:58 respectively.

Alan Foolkes and Nicholas Kay were the top finishers for McNeese, finishing in 23:12. Austin Turnbull and B.J. Dean ran unattached and finished in 22:58 and 23:06, as did Ryan Pearse and Ewan Simpson who finished in 23:38 and 23:39.



Lamar cross country coach Sita Waru was pleased with the teams' efforts, and hopes the success of their opening meet will continue as the season unfolds.

"I'm happy with how we performed out there today," said Waru. "Hopefully this will be a stepping stone for us and we will continue to improve as we look ahead to the Alabama meet."

Both teams will be in action again on Sept. 17, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., when they participate in the Crimson Classic at the University of Alabama.

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