Nov. 13, 2004
WACO, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals placed 10th for the second straight year and the LU men nabbed 13th-place at Saturday's NCAA South Central Cross Country Regional at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, hosted by the Baylor University.
Lady Cardinal junior Jackie John led the women's team and earned all-region honors with a 14th-place finish. The native of Iowa, Louisiana covered the 6,000-meter course in a time of 21:10 to pace Lamar's seven-member team. It was the fifth time in six meets this season that John was the Lady Cardinals' top finisher.
Teammate Natasha Williams, a junior from Nederland, finished 39th with a 22:10 clocking and sophomore Sarah Weir placed 71st with at time of 22:50. Sophomore Amanda King was also in the top 85, placing 82nd at 23:13.
Southern Methodist (50) took home the team title, followed by Arkansas (61), Baylor (81), Texas Christian (124) and Texas A&M (135) rounding out the top five. The Lady Cardinals, who placed 10th out of the 17-team field, turned in a team score of 268 and Southland Conference opponent Stephen F. Austin was seventh with a team score of 212. TCU's Mary Kinyanjui won the individual title with a time of 20:09.
The LU men were led by junior Jake Champagne who raced through the 10,000-meter course in a time of 32:48. He finished 59th overall, a significant improvement over his 74th-place finish at the 2003 South Central Regional. Champagne was followed by fellow junior Travis Tolbert who secured 64th position with a time of 32:55. Hamish Meacheam (33:33) and Ben McBride (33:40) also finished in the top 100, placing 81st and 87th respectively.
In the overall standings, Lamar placed 13th out of the 18-team field with 390 points. LU did not qualify for a team finish in 2003, after running only three athletes. The Arkansas men repeated as team champs, recording three of the top four spots for a team score of 34. Texas (51) was second, Rice (65) third, Houston (148) fourth and Stephen F. Austin (149) came in fifth. Fellow SLC member Sam Houston State came in ninth with 253 team points.
Arkansas' Josphat Boit won the individual title, edging teammate Shawn Forrest with a time of 29:43.