Oct. 27, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Lamar University men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the Southland Conference Championships on Monday at the Piney Woods Country Club in Nacogdoches, Texas.
The women's race is at 9 a.m., with the men's race scheduled for 9:45 a.m.
The Lamar men's team will be aiming for its sixth consecutive Southland Conference title, and 11th overall Southland crown. The Lamar women are seeking their fourth Southland title, and first since 2006.
"I am looking forward to the meet," Lamar cross country coach Trey Clark said. "Our teams have run very well there in the past. There are some pretty good hills. I think it's a fair test."
Clark said the Lamar men's team is a deep squad, with a number of runners who can earn all-conference honors by finishing in the top 10.
"I would be hard pressed to say who is No. 1," Clark said. "Matt Johnsen and Tom and Joe Wade have had strong seasons. Bob (Ahimbisibwe) has been running great at practice.
"We have to be prepared mentally and physically. If we run the way we are capable of, we have a good chance to win."
The women's team looks to improve upon last season's disappointing seventh-place finish.
"We have to have our best meet of the season," Clark said of the Lady Cardinals' chances of winning the Southland title. "The women have had two good weeks of practice."
Taylor Cloy, who was third at last year's Southland meet, looks to be on the All-Conference team for the second straight year. Sam Walkow, who was fourth at the Southland meet two seasons ago as a freshman, also looks to contend for All-Conference accolades.