Sept. 1, 2007
WACO, Texas -
The Lamar University men's and women's cross country teams opened the 2007 season Friday evening at the Baylor Twilight Invitational at the Baylor University intramural fields in Waco, Texas, with the LU men claiming the team title and the women coming in third.
Francis Kasagule led the way for the Cardinals, winning the individual title in the men's 6K race in a time of 17:59.9, while Samuel Kosgei finished in fourth place with an 18:29.2 performance. The Cards top 10 performers were rounded out by Danny Shaw and Frank Bwambale who finished in seventh and ninth place respectively. Shaw turned in an 18:44.0 performance, while Bwambale ran an 18:50.3.
Randy Becker was the fifth finisher for the Cards, placing 27th in a time of 19:28.8, while Ewan Simpson finished in 48th place with a time of 20:18.2. Also running for Lamar were Jared Rodriguez and Hamish Meacheam who finished in 50th and 64th place respectively. Rodriguez ran a 20:19.8 and Meacham ran 21:19.5.
The Cards topped the team standing with a 43 point total, with the University of Texas finishing second with 57 points. Rounding out the rest of the team finishes was Texas A&M, Baylor, UT-Tyler, TCU, Houston and Dallas Baptist.
The Lady Cardinals had two runners post top-five finishes in the women's 4K race, as Renee Graham grabbed second place with a 13:41.3 performance, while Clerc Koenck took fifth place in a time of 13:51.1. Rachel Kingsford finished in 27th place with a 15:12.3 performance, Stacey Monteau was 31st in 15:27.0, Mercy Bungei was 32nd in a time of 15:28.2 while Andrea Smith finished in 53rd place in a time of 16:06.7.
The Lady Cards grabbed third place with 77 points, finishing behind meet host Baylor, who had a team score of 21 points, and Texas A&M who had 69. Southern Methodist finished in fourth place, TCU was fifth and Houston finished in sixth.
The cross country teams will be in action again on September 22 when they run at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas.