Sept. 17, 2004
COLLEGE STATION - Junior Jackie John posted her second straight top five finish, leading the Lamar women's cross country team to a fifth place showing, while the men's squad took third place behind strong running from Martin Husen, Friday evening at the Texas A&M Invitational.
John, who transferred to Lamar from Texas A&M, covered the 5,000-meter course at the TAMU Golf Course in a time of 18:25. A native of Iowa, Louisiana, John won her first race as a Lady Cardinal at the season-opening Lamar/McNeese State Dual meet on Sept. 3.
Mary Kinyanjui of TCU won the women's race in a time of 17:57. Marissa Daniels of Rice was second at 18:08 and Meredith Crane of host TAMU was third at 18:15.
Clerc Koenck was Lamar's second finisher with a 22nd place showing in a time of 19:20. Natasha Williams placed 32nd at 19:39, followed by Sarah Weir (36th, 19:45), Amanda King (40th, 19:54), Candace Taylor (54th, 20:17), Ashley Moss (62nd, 20:37), Amanda Havens (73rd, 21:07), Ann Franklin (86th, 21:34), and Amber Prather (94th, 21:57).
Host TAMU won the team competition with a total of 35 points. TCU was second at 56, followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (114), Rice (119) and Lamar (120) to round out the top five in the 13-team field. Fellow Southland Conference members Texas-Arlington finished seventh with 204 points, followed by Texas-San Antonio (8th, 257), Sam Houston State (9th, 260) and Texas State (11th, 304).
The Lamar men finished third in the 10-team field with a total of 95 points. Host TAMU won the team championship with 29 points followed by Sam Houston State with 85 points.
Husen was Lamar's top finisher, coving the 8,000-meter course in a time of 26:56. Jake Champagne placed 12th in a time of 27:03 and Travis Tolbert was 16th at 27:16. Rounding the men's finishers were Danny Shaw (24th, 27:39), Hamish Meacheam (33, 28:12), Michael Goeddertz (44th, 28:47) and Ben McBride (52nd, 29:24).
Lamar returns to action Oct. 2 at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree.