Oct. 18, 2004
BEAUMONT - In the largest home meet in over three years, the Lamar men's and women's cross country teams recorded several impressive performances, as the Lady Cardinal placed first while the men placed third at Monday afternoon's Lamar Invitational at Idylwild Golf Club in Pinewood.
Fourteen women's teams and 13 men's squads competed in the event, including several Southland Conference schools. All of the SLC schools will return Beaumont on Monday, Nov. 1 when Lamar hosts the 2004 SLC Cross Country Championships at the same location.
The Lady Cardinals easily won the team title after placing four athletes in the top 15. Texas-San Antonio was second, followed by Sam Houston State, the Rice `B' team and North Texas rounding out the top five.
Lamar was led by junior Jackie John who raced to her third top five finish of the season with a second-place individual finish. She covered the 6,000-meter course in a time of 22:52.35, topped only by unattached Ana Rodriguez who clocked a 21:32.88 for the individual title.
Junior Natasha Williams had one of her best races of the season, turning in a time of 23:08.31 for a fourth-place overall finish. Sophomore Amanda King placed 13th with a time of 23:54.58 and Clerc Koenck was 15th with a 23:58.94.
Other notable finishes for the LU women were Sarah Weir (27th, 24:51.39), Amber Prather (32nd, 25:08.75), Candace Taylor (38th, 25:22.91), Ann Franklin (42nd, 25:37.39), Amanda Havens (46th, 25:53.75) and Ashley Moss (47th, 26:01.64).
The LU men's team nabbed third place behind Sam Houston State and North Texas. Texas-San Antonio came in fourth and Texas-Arlington secured fifth place. Southeastern Louisiana's Asbel Ngetich won the individual title with a time of 25:11.80 on the 8,000-meter course.
Freshman Danny Shaw led Lamar by posting an eighth-place finish with a 26:27.56. It was the second top 10 finish of the season and the second consecutive time the New Zealand native has been the top LU finisher.
Fellow freshman Martin Husen was 18th overall with a time of 26:53.43 and Jake Champagne was 22nd after covering the course in a time of 27:08.76.
Also running for the LU men were Travis Tolbert (33rd, 27:47.43), Ben McBride (27:50.08), Hamish Meacheam (39th, 28:08.09), Brock Babin (63rd, 29:24.86) and Michael Goeddertz (72nd, 30:01.66).