Oct. 12, 2012
BEAUMONT - After an extended break following the LSU Invitational last month, the Lamar men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday at the Division I Pre-National Invitational at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
After joining the Lamar staff just days before the start of this season's cross country campaign, assistant coach Darren Gauson feels confident in his teams' preparation leading up to this weekend.
"We've had a couple meets, and I think we're at the point now where the team is starting to see the effects of what I've been trying to do," Gauson said. "Since the LSU meet, we've seen some people break through and start looking good on our longer runs. I think we're more comfortable, and I think that's going to help when we go into the race on Saturday."
On the men's side, the field will feature 40 of the nation's top teams, including conference foe McNeese State.
"This is going to be our first big race where we run all of the guys," Gauson said. "There are eight nationally-ranked teams there and a few more that are on the bubble. It's going to be a big field, and we're going to go out and try and get some momentum going into the conference championships."
The women's race will feature teams from 62 other schools.
"We're going to run the same group again on the women," Gauson said. "It'll be in the unseeded race, but there are still some great teams in there. It's another chance for us to build towards our big goal, which is the conference championship. They've gained a lot of momentum, and they're real excited. I'm looking forward to their race."
The men will be competing in the Red race, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., and the women will run in the Black race, set to begin at 11:30 a.m.