Nov. 8, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - After a grueling 2012 season, the Lamar cross country teams will be looking to close it out in style on Friday at the NCAA South Central Regionals at Agri Park on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
"I'm really excited because this is what you live for," first-year cross country coach Darren Gauson said. "I think it's going to be an interesting day. There's a number of teams on the men's side that are getting ready for the national meet. It's going to be a chess match out there, and I think we're ready to challenge."
The Cardinals will be looking to rebound from a runner-up finish at the Southland Championships last month, marking the first time Lamar hadn't taken first in seven years. LU is ranked fifth in the region, trailing SLC champ McNeese State, Texas A&M, host Arkansas and top-ranked Texas.
"As a team, we weren't particularly happy with conference," LU athlete Stu Huntington said. "We'd had some good history with Lamar, and unfortunately we didn't keep it going. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. It should be good."
In the women's race, the Lady Cardinals will be looking toward a rematch of the Southland Championships two weeks ago as both top finishers, Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State will also be participating. LU enters ranked 13th in the region.
"I like the course, and I think it plays to our strengths," Nora-Beth Saunders said. "It's my last race, and we've trained so well and I just want it to translate into the race. If we run like we do in training, I think we can expect good results."
In last year's event at Baylor, Matt Johnsen finished eighth in the race to help the LU men to a fourth place finish. The women were seventh.
Races will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday.