Lady Cardinals Cross Country wins Texas Lutheran Invite



Oct. 15, 2007

SEGUIN, Texas - While Clerc Koenck and Renee Graham ran at the Pre-Nationals meet in Terre Haute Ind., on Saturday the rest of the Lamar University women's cross country team was busy capturing first place at the Texas Lutheran Invitational.

The Lady Cardinals, who had all five of their runners finish in the top 15, were led by Rachael Kingsford who captured the 6,000 meter championship in a time of 22:55. The freshman captured the first title of her career, with an eight second victory over Dana Mecke of UTSA.

Junior Stacey Monteau was the second Lady Card to cross the finish line, placing seventh in a time of 23:32, while sophomore Karesse Lethermon registered a ninth place finish in a time of 24:04.

The final two finishers for Lamar were a pair of freshman, as Merci Bungei and Andrea Smith crossed the line in 12th and 15th place respectively. Bungei ran a 24:22 and Smith crossed in 24:37.

"I'm very proud of the way the ladies ran this weekend," cross country coach Sita Waru-Ewell said. "This is a real confidence boost for our team. With Renee and Clerc performing the way they have all season, we needed for the rest of the team to pick up their performance heading in the Southland Conference championship. They took care of business at this meet. Now we need to build on that success and carry it over to conference."

The Lady Cardinals will be back in action again on October 27 at the SLC championships in Corpus Christi, Texas.



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